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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.

Tavira: Tuk-Tuk City Tour

2. 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.

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.

Albufeira: Tour to 4 Eastern Algarve Towns

4. 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.

From Tavira: Santa Luzia and Fuseta Village tour by Tuk Tuk

5. From Tavira: Santa Luzia and Fuseta Village tour by Tuk Tuk

Sit back and relax as your guided tuk tuk tour takes you to the beautiful fishing village of Santa Luzia. Stop at the best places to see the Ria Formosa, a lagoon and one of the most picturesque parts of the Algarve. See how traditional clay pottery is made in the Algarve. After seeing these 2 incredible Algarve villages you’ll be taken back to the center of Tavira.

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

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

Algarve: Private 2-Day Tour from Lisbon

8. 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.

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.

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What people are saying about Tavira

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 14 reviews

This was the perfect activity to do with my 80 year old mom who gets around pretty slowly and can't walk too far without getting tired. She was visiting from the US and we wanted to show her around Tavira. Our guide was wonderful and did a great job showing us the sights and describing the rich history of the town. The tour also included a visit to the salt pans where we got to see workers skimming of the fleur de sel and learn about the ancient practice.

João was an excellent guide taking us to the historic locations of Tavira a well as the salinas. I strongly recommend.

Very good experience, the guide was knowledgeable and good fun. Overall, excellent tour. Highly recommend

The guide was friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable. Very pleasant tour, I would happily recommend.

Lovely way to get around. Guide was friendly and informative