The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve
The scent of orange groves and pine trees accompanies you as you
ramble along ancient paths fringed with abundant wild flowers, to a
viewpoint where you can rest and drink in the scenery and the silence.
Tavira straddles the Rio Gilão as it meets the Atlantic Ocean
and flows into the shallows of the offshore Ria Formosa Natural
Park. With its ruined castle and active fishing harbour, Tavira is a
labyrinth of cobbled streets, shady plazas and the most attractive
of the Algarve’s coastal towns.
Our walks take us to Tavira Island in the Natural Park, taking
in, what is considered to be, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and to pretty
coastal villages such as Santa Luiza, Cabanas and Cacela Velha.
Inland we wind our way between hills and valleys to the low peak
of Zimbral, with some rewarding views. Ancient trails take us past
farms, through an intricate patchwork of orange groves, olive and
carob orchards. Sometimes we walk beside rivers; other times
amongst the pines and cork oaks. Through most of our season we are presented with an endless and ever-changing procession of
Tavira itself is, to say the least, a very charming town. The
ancient Ponta Romana spans the Rio Sequa, separating the two
sides of the town. Narrow streets lead between whitewashed
buildings, many with traditional balconies. At the centre lies
the lovely Praca da Republica, bordered by trees, fountains and
restaurants. We’ll enjoy dinners at local restaurants giving
the opportunity to sample the wonderful Portuguese cuisine from homemade specialities to fresh fish.
You might like to take a look at our Algarve Odyssey holiday combining a week in Tavira with our Hidden Delights of the Western Algarve holiday.