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From Cabanas de Tavira: 4 Hours Boat Tour Octopus Route

1. From Cabanas de Tavira: 4 Hours Boat Tour Octopus Route

This is the ideal tour for those wanting to get to know the Algarve Islands. You'll also stop at Santa Luzia, where you'll enjoy a typical Octopus dish.  You'll depart from Cabanas de Tavira, travelling by boat to Barra Artificial de Tavira and Quatro-águas before arriving at Santa Luzia, the land of the Octopus. After lunch, passengers will travel on to Terra Estreita, where you'll make another 30-minute stop to get to know some of the main features of the island. After 4 fantastic hours in islands, the tour will end at the boarding point, Cabanas de Tavira.

Tavira: Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Train

2. 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.

Cabanas de Tavira: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

3. Cabanas de Tavira: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Experience the excitement of seeing dolphins swimming in the open ocean on this boat tour. You tour offers a 95% chance that you will see dolphins. You will also learn about the dolphin species that live near the Ria Formosa. Your skipper is very experienced and knows just where to find these friendly and gentle creatures. Keep your eyes open during your 2.5-hour tour and you might be the first to spot the dolphins.

Algarve: Aqualand Entrance Ticket

4. Algarve: Aqualand Entrance Ticket

Cool off at Portugal's most exciting waterpark: Aqualand Algarve. Located between Albufeira and Portimão, Aqualand Algarve is a space of pure water fun, lasting the entire day. The park has something for everyone, from the "Children's Paradis" area with mini slides and activities for the most adventurous kids, while grown-ups can try out high adrenaline levels on “Banzai” with a vertical fall of 23m. Be it the sea waves in the Surf Beach wave pool or the speedy “Hydra”, with its three slides for simple and double floats, a great day is guaranteed. The park also features a semi-Olympic swimming pool, unique among the water parks in Portugal. With something for the whole family, your trip to Aqualand is sure to be a great day out.

Tavira: Tuk-Tuk City Tour

5. 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.

Albufeira: Tour to 4 Eastern Algarve Towns

6. Albufeira: Tour to 4 Eastern Algarve Towns

Get lost in the beauty of eastern Algarve on this our from Albufeira to the charming towns of Faro, Olhão, Tavira, and Vila Real de Santo António. See old architecture at churches and a castle. Explore with some free time in Olhão and Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Get picked-up from your accommodation and sit back and enjoy the scenery on the drive to the town of Faro. Take in the colorful boats at the marina and the Spanish Gothic architecture at the cathedral. Have some time to do some souvenir shopping before heading to Olhão. Admire the white houses and churches in the Moorish fishing village of Olhão. Stop at the port and enjoy the vibrancy of the largest fish market on the island. Head to the oldest pâté factory in Portugal. Afterwards, travel to the town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio which lies on the mouth of the Guadiana river. Visit the oldest Portuguese canned fish factory. Spend some free time where you can go get some lunch or do some shopping at local boutiques. Continue on to the town of Tavira which has been settled since the late Bronze Age. Discover a variety of architectural styles at its churches and a medieval castle positioned over the Gilão river. Experience traditional Portuguese Fado music before returning to your accommodation.

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.

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

8. 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.

Tavira: City Tuk Tuk Tour

9. Tavira: City Tuk Tuk Tour

Discover Tavira's charms and immerse yourself in breathtaking views, all whilst  experiencing the charming comfort of an authentic Tuk Tuk. The tour explores the three hills of Tavira: Santa Maria, Santa Ana and São Bras, where you will see the churches of Santa Maria, Santiago, Nossa Senhora da Piedade, São Paulo and Matriz do Carmo. Surrounding Tavira is the nature park Ria Formosa, which boasts many wildlife and local activities, such as sea salt production, oyster farming and clam harvesting. Here it is also very common to view groups of flamingos, stilts or avocets. The tour will also visit the salt pans, where the process of sea salt extraction will be explained.

From Tavira: Tuk Tuk Tour to Cabanas & Cacela Velha Village

10. From Tavira: Tuk Tuk Tour to Cabanas & Cacela Velha Village

Discover 2 quaint villages, Cabanas de Tavira and Cacela Velha, and take in the stunning views of the Algarve region as you zip around in your electric tuk-tuk. Make stops along the tour to see the sights and important sites as well as for the best views of Ria Formosa and the ocean. Leave Tavira and head for your first stop: the fishing village of Cabanas de Tavira. It takes about 15 minutes and you'll drive down the main street, by the Ria. On the way to Cacela Velha, see fruit farms, and make a stop at the well-known Factory next to Ria Formosa. Drive on towards Cacela Velha, a magnificent and picturesque place with the best view of the Ria Formosa and ocean. Here, you also see the most interesting and beautiful sights of the region — the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção and the Fortress of Cacela.

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What people are saying about Tavira

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Very enjoyable experience learning about Tavira on a tuk tuk ☺️ The stop at the salt flats was awesome! If you want to learn more about Tavira while there- Maria’s Tuk Tuk is where it’s at. Thank you João!

Very good experience. You can bring in food, we didn't know that and the restaurant there is a bit expensive, although the food was very good and they served it quickly.

Our guide was absolutely amazing, he was so kind and knowledgeable the whole area. I strongly recommend him.

Pleasant water park, the children had a great time. Not too long a wait to do the attractions. I recommend

A fabulous experience with a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. Couldn’t fault. Thank you for everything