Things to do in Tavira

Our most recommended things to do in Tavira

Tavira: Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Train

1. Tavira: Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Train

Hop on the tourist train of Tavira and enjoy a tour around the city to see its main sights. Explore the old city with its many monuments and beautiful churches. Hop off at the various stops if you wish to explore the sites further. See the ruins of Tavira Castle, a ruined fortress that once guarded this fishing town from raiding pirates. Learn about the history of the landmarks you see with onboard commentary provided. Ride past the Tavira Salines, shallow salt evaporation ponds where you can observe seagulls, waders, and several other water birds. Benefit from a convenient and efficient way of exploring the charming city of Tavira.

Eastern Portugal: Day Trip to Faro, Olhão, Tavira, & more

2. Eastern Portugal: Day Trip to Faro, Olhão, Tavira, & more

Take a full-day trip around the best of the east of Portugal. Benefit from pickup from your hotel, transportation around the historic sights, and take time to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere. Begin your day with convenient pickup before heading to Faro. Admire the capital of the Algarve as you tour the historic 13th-century city center. Next, move on to the Moorish fishing town of Olhão. Stroll around its bustling streets or shop for local products in its traditional markets. Continue your tour to Tavirna. Explore a town of cobbled streets, picturesque churches, and visit its Roman Bridge. Climb up to its castle and photograph the views from its observation point. Take advantage of some free time for lunch in one of its many restaurants (own expense). Conclude your tour with stops at Villa Real de Sto- Antonio and Cacel Velha. Discover a village where the Ria Formosa meets the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, head back on the bus for the return journey and drop-off at your accommodation.

Tavira: Tuk-Tuk City Tour

3. Tavira: Tuk-Tuk City Tour

Enjoy this Tavira City tour and go to all the corners of the city that tell you about its history and its main nooks and secrets.  Pass through the area of Alto de São Brás and see the chapel of São Brás and the Church of Nossa Senhor do Carmo which is the largest church in the city.  Stop in the salt pans for 5 minutes, it is located in the area of Atalaia. There you find the Convent of Bernardas and the former prison. Stop at the church São Sebastião for 5 minutes and take some great photos.  Continue through the military barracks, Church of São Francisco, Church of São José, the street of Liberdade and República square which is in the city center.  Experience the historic area which is the most important area of this tour. Use the opportunity to visit the Convent of Graça, Santiago church, Santa Maria church, Misericórdia church, and stop at the Castle for another 5 minutes.  The tour is carried on a 100% electric tuk-tuk.

From Algarve: Day Trip to Tavira with Fado Performance

4. From Algarve: Day Trip to Tavira with Fado Performance

Uncover the charm of Tavira on this day trip from Algarve aboard a comfortable bus. Travel back in time as you enter the medieval Tavira Castle. Tap your toe to a show featuring Portugal's unique Fado music stylings.   Hop aboard a climate-controlled bus that picks you up from your accommodation on the coast of Algarve. Relax on the scenic drive to the town of Tavira. Walk down cobbled streets as you take in the old town's sights like the Roman bridge and the Santa María do Castelo Church. Go to the old castle to find an excellent vantage point for a panoramic views of the city. Have time to take some pictures before heading to an unforgettable Fado performance, where talented musicians will play music from this 200-year-old genre.  Spend some free time where you can explore at your own pace or purchase a nice lunch. Return to your pickup point at the end your tour. 

From Tavira: Private Santa Luzia & Ria Formosa Tuk Tuk Tour

5. From Tavira: Private Santa Luzia & Ria Formosa Tuk Tuk Tour

Take a unique private tour of Tavira and Santa Luzia by electric tuk tuk. See the beautiful Ria Formosa, salt pans and a traditional Portuguese fishing village with your expert guide.  Start in Tavira’s salt pans, where you’ll hear about the production process of sea salt. If you’re lucky, you can spy some flamingos or storks here, too.  Then head to Santa Luzia, a traditional Portugiese fishing village. Discover its artisanal fishing materials and octopus fishing boats with your guide.  Next up is the Ria Formosa, a natural park with a lagoon system and islands. See the breathtaking flora and fauna native to this area from the tuk tuk.  And your last stop,  last stop is an old olive tree that is over 2000 years old, before heading back to Tavira via a country path.

From Albufeira: Eastern Algarve Full-Day Private Tour

6. From Albufeira: Eastern Algarve Full-Day Private Tour

Discover the regions of Moorish and Roman heritage on this full-day tour starting from Albufeira to Eastern Algarve. Visit Faro, the capital of the Algarve province. Go to Olhão, a key site for fishing, and explore the furthest Eastern town in the Algarve. After being picked up from your accommodation, travel to your first destination, Faro, with its 13th century city center. Afterward, visit Olhão, where you can find the most famous market in the Algarve. Move on to the city of Tavira to explore the castle and the various typical churches, and take a break for your lunch. Cross the Roman Bridge that leads to the Castle where you can experience one of the most breathtaking views over the city. Enjoy the village of Cacela Velha with its famous whitewashed houses which is located in the area of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. End the tour in Vila Real de Santo António, the furthest Eastern town in the Algarve before arriving in Spain. Notice the architectural similarities to that of Lisbon, as it was built in the same way, by the Marquês de Pombal, after the 1755 earthquake.

Faro Airport: Transfer To/From Tavira or Faro City Center

7. Faro Airport: Transfer To/From Tavira or Faro City Center

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer between Faro Airport and your accommodation in Tavira or Faro city center. Choose from a 1-way service to or from the airport. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

Algarve: Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trip

8. Algarve: Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trip

Explore the hidden gems and secret sites of the Algarve on this day trip. Have an unforgettable experience as you tour incredible landscapes, traditional fishing villages, ancient towns, and the charming countryside of Algarve. Your day trip begins with an interesting visit to a salt pan. See how the finest salt in Portugal is produced, be dazzled by the brightness of the neat rows of salt pans, and learn about the age-old tradition in the area. Afterward, appreciate the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa estuary, a wide expanse of canals, marshlands, and sandbanks. The natural park serves as an important passage area to numerous species of migrating birds between North Europe and Africa and is a paradise for birdwatchers. Your next stop is Olhão, a traditional fishing village, known for its cube-shaped white-washed houses that contrast with the golden sands and the blue sky and sea. Here, have an opportunity to explore the famous market with its big selection of fish. After visiting the market, break for a local lunch at a restaurant and be delighted by the freshness of the fish served. After lunch, pass by the tiny, traditional fishing village of Santa Luzia to see the interesting pots used to catch octopus. Your next stop is Tavira, where you can climb the castle walls to see the best views of the area. Have the chance to cross the pedestrian Roman Bridge, originating in the 3rd-century, and visit at least one of the town’s 22 churches. Your final stop will be at a small village in the countryside to visit an olive oil mill. While here you will be able to learn the secrets of its production, followed by a tasting of the exquisite produce.

From Lisbon: Algarve 2-Day Private Tour

9. From Lisbon: Algarve 2-Day Private Tour

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel in Lisbon and travel south towards the Algarve, making your first stop at Tavira. Stop at Praça da Republica where you will find the City Hall and the Tavira Municipal Museum. Visit the Museum where you will find a diverse archaeological collection from the Islamic period, the Vaso de Tavira, and the ex-library of the museum. See the Misericórdia Church, built between 1541 and 1551, which is considered the most remarkable Renaissance building of the Algarve. Next, stop in Faro, one of the larger cities of the region with a long history. Learn about the devastating impact the earthquake of 1755 had on the city. Enjoy a break for a coffee in a typical terrace or café.  Visit the Vilamoura marina which receives numerous private yachts from all over the world. As such, the marina has helped develop the region as an important center of tourism. Finally, stop at Albufeira for the night. Discover its three magnificent beaches; Praia dos Pescadores, Peneco, and Inatel, See the fishing boats on Pescadores beach, keeping alive the maritime tradition of the region. Discover the historic center of the city with its whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets. Or, enjoy a lively night out on the central avenue, with a variety of tempting bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Day 2: On the second day, continue your tour of the Algarve with a visit to the city of Lagos. Learn how the city was an important location in the Age of Discovery, where many expeditions and missions set sail for the Americas. Discover the defensive structures of the city, constructed to protect from attacks from the sea.  Next, visit the Sagres Fortress, also known as Promotorium Sacrum, built by order of Prince Henry the Navigator. Within the fortress, see cannons, a 16th-century tower and the Church of Our Lady of Grace. After this, return to Lisbon to finish the tour.

Algarve: Private 2-Day Tour from Lisbon

10. Algarve: Private 2-Day Tour from Lisbon

Begin your tour with a drive to the Algarve through the plains of the Alentejo, through cork oak and holm oak forests. Alentejo is the granary of Portugal, the province of storks and grand estates, and a region where you can still enjoy the unspoiled nature. Afterwards you will reach the historical town of Lagos, where you can visit the Church of St. Anthony (Golden Chapel) and the infamous slave market. The town of Lagos is also strongly linked with the history of the Portuguese discoveries. Continue on to the beautiful rock formations of the Algarve at Ponta da Piedade as well as Sagres and Cape Saint Vincent, the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Sagres was the starting point of the discoveries of Portugal. Here you can enjoy the stunning scenery before continuing on to Faro or Albufeira, where you will check in to your hotel. The second day focuses on the east of the Algarve. After breakfast, you will drive to the market of Olhão, which is located near the lagoon of Faro. It is a nature reserve, a paradise for storks and other migratory birds, and is known for sea salt production and the shellfish industry. At the market in Olhão, you can get an overview of what the agriculture of this region has to offer and see the abundance of fish from the Algarvian sea. You will then head on to Santa Luzia, a picturesque fishing village on the lagoon which is famous for squid fishing. Afterwards you will cross the lagoon on a small train before reaching the secluded beach of Barril. This beach offers a unique experience. The drive continues on to the historical town of Tavira, where you will explore the old town by foot. Tavira is an old trading center and port situated on the Gilão River and the lagoon. Afterwards you will return to Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Tavira

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4.5 / 5

based on 812 reviews

This is a great tour that provides you with a macro view of the Algarve region if you are pressed for time while visiting this region. The tour takes you to a couple of coastal area neighborhoods that are spectacular and worth visiting. A tour worth its value.

It was a super way to see all of the Algarve The buses were Superb very comfortable and air-conditioned The guide spoke four different languages so she was amazing! It was a long day we started in Lagos at 7:15 am and did not get home until 815 pm

Had a lovely day out visiting some amazing places with shopping cafes etc would highly recommend

Was an amazing day , we met a lady very kind called Ana who explained very well and clear . Top

Lovely guide, good amount of time in each place, worth the money