What to see in Tavira Algarve

Castelo de Tavira (Tavira Castle)
The origins of Tavira go back to 2000 B.C. when Tavira was occupied by the Moors. The town was important due to its fish salting and fishing industries. In the heart of the historic town sits Tavira Castle, sources have said that the Phoenicians rebuilt a fortress in the location in 8 BC. It is likely the castle was built in the 12th century. A castle existed when the town was recaptured from the Moors in July1239 by Dom Paio Peres Correia during the period when the Algarve was recaptured from the Moors. The castle was an important defence from pirate attacks and stood firm until damaged by the earthquake of 1755. There are spectacular views from the remaining castle towers.

Tavira Churches
“Cidade das Igrejas”, the town of churches, is a nickname often conferred on Tavira. In the town itself, there are 21 existing churches and this figure rises to 37 if the whole county is included. One of Tavira’s historical highlights is the Igreja da Misericórdia (Church of Mercy) which is held up finest example of Renaissance architecture in the Algarve. Dating from the mid-16th century, construction of the church was supervised by master mason André Pilarte and dates from the mid-16th century. This mason’s hands carved the impressive stone portal, surmounted by decorative angels and saints. Inside the church, visitors are stunned by a series of 18th-century azulejos panels that illuminate the interior with a sky blue wash. The tiles depict scenes from the life of Christ.

Ria Formosa Natural Park
The Ria Formosa Natural Park is 18,400 hectares; spread over 60km of coastline from Ancão to Manta Rota. It is a wetland area of international importance, and special protected area, according to the Birds Directive. There are over 200 documented bird species comprising migratory birds from central and northern Europe. The habitat is also a breeding ground for many others species. The park is an ecosystem of major importance by national and international standards.

There are many ways to enjoy the wonders of this special environment and its diverse habitats. Truly a destination not to be missed.

Tavira River Gilão
The Gilão River’s source is in the Serra do Caldeirão mountains of the central Algarve, at the confluence of the Asseca, Zimbral and Alportel rivers and runs to the Atlantic Ocean 35 kilometres east of Faro. The river Gilão changes its name to Rio Séqua at the ancient bridge named Ponte Romana in the centre of Tavira.

Riverfront life in Tavira is charming and full of enjoyment. South of the river, is where most attractions are and leisurely walks from Praça da República, take in the Rua do Cais, a palm-fringed promenade dotted with waterfront café-kiosks. The former market place building, Mercado da Ribeira, is a great place to explore for handicrafts and souvenirs while fresh fruit and vegetables can be bought if you follow the esplanade to the road bridge to the new town market. For other shopping there are many stores and boutiques that front Rua D. Marcelino Franco.

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