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Tavira: Tuk-Tuk City Tour

1. 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.

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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.

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Algarve: Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trip

3. 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.

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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.

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

5. 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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From Algarve: Best of the East

6. From Algarve: Best of the East

On this full-day tour starting from Quarteira to Eastern Algarve, discover the regions of Moorish and Roman heritage. Visit Faro, the capital of the Algarve province with its 13th century city center. Then, continue on to the Moorish town of Olhão, a key site for fishing and explore its important fish market. Visit the attractive and charming old town of Tavira with a 4th century Roman bridge still intact and its many churches. Then head towards Gilão and Cacela Velha. Finally, you will reach Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo António, border towns with Spain separated by the generous mouth of the Guadiana River.

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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.

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

8. 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.

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Tavira: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour and Camera Obscura

9. Tavira: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour and Camera Obscura

Start your day with a private tour of the city on an electric tuk-tuk. Visit the main historical sights of the city, such as the Tavira castle. Hear interesting stories and facts about the city from your local guide. At the end of the tour, your private tuk-tuk tour guide will take you to Camera Obscura, one of Tavira's main attractions, for a unique way to see the town.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Tavira

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 421 reviews

What to do in Tavira. Our guide was very nice and took the time to explain. He's a local and he knows a lot of places. In addition, he takes very beautiful photos. Thank you for the little souvenir. We leave with very beautiful memories and stars in our eyes. Muito obrigado

My family and I had a wonderful time. The tour guide was knowledgable and passionate about all things Tavira. We had the pleasure of seeing local wildlife including flamingos also. We will be booking again next year!

A very pleasant experience We were able to discover the city in the best possible way. Conditions Our guide took the time to explain the characteristics of the city to us and we left with our souvenir photo

An incredible trip, with a super friendly guide who knows everything about the eastern Algarve!

verry nice tour and good host with nice stories to tell on the way