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Terrific Tavira

Most of you will know that our favourite spots in the Algarve are on the Western side of the region, but that´s not to say we don´t enjoy a trip East every now and then. A few weeks ago, we visited the picturesque town of Tavira, and stayed for a couple of nights to experience its laid-back vibe.

Steeped in Moorish heritage and dotted with whitewashed buildings, Tavira has a slightly different feel to other towns in the Algarve. Its roots trace as far back as the Neolithic period, but it was during the Moorish occupation that the town flourished, leaving behind a legacy of intricate architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, and atmospheric alleyways.

We loved wandering through the historic centre - picture quaint squares with fountains shaded by orange trees; elegant mansions and outdoor cafes, and the Roman bridge which spans the Gilão River offering postcard-perfect views of Tavira's skyline.

One of the highlights is the town's culinary scene - a real feast for the senses! There are restaurants on every corner and every little backstreet - such a huge variety of places to eat traditional Portuguese food, or indulge in a glass of wine.

We felt that in Tavira, time seems to slow down, which is just what we needed! Whether you're strolling along the riverbanks at sunset, or enjoying a meal in a shaded cobbled street, it´s a place that offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. We will return!

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