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TAVIRA, PEARL OF THE ALGARVE

from £995
The Algarve has many charms and is ideal for easy walking holidays in Portugal. We stay in a hotel idyllically located in Tavira, one of the most attractive towns in the Algarve.
Added Value Offer Wine included with all dinners
FLEXIwalking FLEXIwalking: most walks offer an opt out point, join the entire day’s route or walk a shorter distance and join the group later.

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 is the most attractive of the Algarve’s coastal towns.

Our walks take us to Tavira Island in the Natural Park, taking in 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 beautiful flowers.

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 Praça da Republica, bordered by trees, fountains and restaurants. We’ll enjoy dinners at local restaurants giving the opportunity to sample the wonderful Portuguese cuisine and wines.



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. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire the dramatic beauty of one of the world’s top beaches.
  • Explore the unique white washed Algarve fishing town of Tavira.
  • Take a variety of coastal and countryside walks.
  • Relax in our superb, comfortable hotel, ideally located.
  • Sample traditional Portuguese food and wine at local restaurants.
  • Explore the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
  • Flexibility of opt out points on many of our walks
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Faro (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation 
      Half board with breakfasts taken at our hotel and dinners in local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    We fly from the UK to Faro, on Portugal's Algarve. On arrival we transfer to hotel in Tavira, which takes approx. 45 minutes. Depending on flight arrival times, we may have an orientation walk of the town before dinner at a local restaurant.

  2. Day 2

    Zimbral - Fonte Salgada - N125 Our wonderful walk today takes us through open rolling hillsides with spectacular views, allowing a tremendous appreciation for the region. We pass through fascinating villages and descend to finish in a low fertile valley of orange groves and small holdings. Distance: 14.6km (9 miles); Ascent: +200m, Descent: -400m

  3. Day 3

    Santa Luzia and Tavira Island Our remarkably varied walk takes us through Tavira's salt pans, which date back thousands of years to the picturesque fishing village of Santa Luzia, with its glorious waterfront. After time for coffee, we cross over to Tavira Island and walk along the island's beach which is regarded by many as one of the finest in the world. Vast stretches of golden sand and sparkling blue waters await you before we catch the ferry back to Tavira Distance: 15.3km (9.5 miles), Ascent/Descent: minimal

  4. Day 4

    Sao Bras do Alportel We travel inland to the ancient town of S. Bras do Alportel, the centre of the Algarve's cork production. Our walk allows us to explore the rolling wooded hillsides and verdant valleys of the area, with time to also explore the charming narrow streets of the old town. Here you'll find local carob and almond cakes, which are the stars of the show! Distance: 14.5km (9 miles), Ascent/Descent: +/- 300m

  5. Day 5

    Santa Catarina, Mesquita and Bengado A gorgeous walk, much of it on a waymarked route, titled Routes and Crossroads to the Fountain. This intricate mix of paths and tracks pass through wild open hillsides, intimate small holdings and quintessential Algarve hamlets. Distance: 13.6km (8.5 miles), Ascent: 350m, Descent: 300m

  6. Day 6

    There will be a free day during your week in Tavira. Your group leader will confirm which day is best based on the walking programme, it can change during the season. On your free day you will be able to have more time to explore Tavira, perhaps take the water taxi over to Tavira island for a day at the beach, take the train into Faro or perhaps visit Vila Real, on the border with Spain.

  7. Day 7

    Santa Catarina, Ceramicas and Pego do Inferno An inland walk through one of the most beautiful and interesting valleys in the Algarve. Santa Catarina is one of the centres for the production of carob, almond, fig, olive oil and medronho and the surrounding countryside reflects this. We will also pass by tiny brick and tile works, whose hand-made craft dates back to before Roman times. Distance: 12.3km (7.5 miles), Ascent: 200m, Descent: 300m

  8. Day 8

    Departure from Tavira for Faro airport. The walks noted above are generally offered during your week in Tavira. There will also be a free day for you to explore on our own. You can reach Faro and Vila Real de Santo Antonio easily by train, Tavira's cobbled streets, cafes, shops museums, churches and castle are good to visit or you may also want to take a boat trip. The hotel offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a spa.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Faro (British Airways or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Maria Nova Lounge

Although just a 5 minute stroll from Tavira's lively centre, the Maria Nova Lounge is located on a quiet hillside within the town’s limits. Close to the hotel you will find an array of winding streets and shaded squares lined with shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants. You will also find banks, ATMs and chemists close by.

The hotel offers wonderful views over the town’s white washed buildings or to the surrounding hillsides. There is an indoor pool and an outdoor swimming pool, which is set in well kept gardens, gym with wellness centre (use of the facilities are free of charge, for massages you will pay extra), restaurant and bar. The bar has terrific views over the town. All rooms are en suite with wifi, in room safe, mini-fridge, TV, furnished balcony  and hairdryer. Towels for use at the hotel's pool are available on site. If you wish to go to the beach, you should bring your own beach towel.

Breakfasts at the hotel and dinners at local restaurants are included in the holiday charge. Eating at local restaurants gives us the opportunity to try traditional Portuguese dishes, delicious wines and of course the Portuguese hospitality.



Meals in the Algarve

Whilst in Tavira, we enjoy a generous buffet breakfast at the hotel each day before heading out on our day's walk. Each evening, we will eat at local restaurants in Tavira, allowing us to try authentic Portuguese cuisine. Soup is a staple dish in Portuguese meals and most of our dinners start with soup of the day. There will be a choice of main dishes, a meat, fish or vegetarian followed by dessert. Wine is included with our dinners. 


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