Attractions near Tavira
Sightseeing and getting about town is easy. Tavira Town Tours offers tour by horse and carriage, and special trips can be organized by taxi. There is also a lovely tourist train that rattles and shakes over the cobbled streets. The prices are very reasonable and it’s an ideal way to initially discover Tavira and be able to decide where you want to revisit.
The train is especially good for this as it takes you up into the old area and drops you off for a little walk around. In this area there is the camera obscura, a former water tower of the Alto de Santa Maria. Using a series of mirrors and lenses, it offers unusual and spectacular views of the town, and also a most interesting commentary by a very knowledgeable, and enthusiastic guide. There is also a small cafe here. The castle grounds, beautiful views of the salt pans and the city roof tops. As you pass the Carmo church watch out for the interactive science museum. The Roman square and the bridge with all the cafes is ideal for people watching and in the summer offers various entertainment. Ask at the tourist information for the walking book of Tavira to fully experience the Tavira experience.
Boat trips to discover nature in Ria Formosa’s Natural Park aboard traditional wooden boats, named “Douros”. Observe the wild life on the shores of this beautiful and tranquil lagoon. Discover the charm of the lagoon villages and their fishing harbours. Visit the deserted Islands and empty beaches of the Ria Formosa lagoon.