Camera Obscura - Tavira EYE, Tavira

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See a historical piece of technology in action at Camera Obscura - Tavira EYE, housed in an old water tower. Visit this tallest building in town, and make your way to the top for views of the surrounding city and countryside. While the technology dates back to the 15th century, the circular projection screen appears much like a live video. You'll receive an overview from a member of staff about the history of the city, its culture, and the landmarks you'll see on the screen. Use our Tavira trip itinerary planning website to add Camera Obscura - Tavira EYE and other attractions to your Tavira vacation plans.
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  • An unusual but intriguing attraction. This is an old water tower which has been converted into a camera obscura. It’s a striking feature which can be seen on the top of the hill, alongside the bright....  more
    An unusual but intriguing attraction. This is an old water tower which has been converted into a camera obscura. It’s a striking feature which can be seen on the top of the hill, alongside the bright....  more »
  • For us this was a completely different way of sightseeing! We really enjoyed the interesting experience with the humorious guide. He knows a lot about Tavira and it's history and speaks many... 
    For us this was a completely different way of sightseeing! We really enjoyed the interesting experience with the humorious guide. He knows a lot about Tavira and it's history and speaks many...  more »
  • Enjoyed the potted history of Tavira and the unusual view of the town through the lens. Presenter very knowledgable and entertaining but spoke very quickly and it was over in a flash! Well worth a... 
    Enjoyed the potted history of Tavira and the unusual view of the town through the lens. Presenter very knowledgable and entertaining but spoke very quickly and it was over in a flash! Well worth a...  more »
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  • Dis place nutz. Better than we expected with crystal clear views of the city in epic style. Very amusing (WE LOLLED AT THE STOMPING) guide. Can I give it 10 stars? Google says no, I say yes. **********
  • This was a fun little activity to do. Entrance was €5 and I guess we were inside for 30 minutes. The lenses are at the top of an old water tower so we had a gentle climb up the stairs without looking down or to the sides! We could have used the elevator but where's the fun in that! We were then treated to various views of the town and it's historic buildings as well as local anecdotes and history. The presenter was very enthusiastic and knew his script well. An enjoyable and educational experience.
  • Really cool. Surprisingly detailed.
  • If you haven’t done research about Tavira before visiting this town, then do pay a visit to Camera Obscura! This British guy, originally from London - but residing in Tavira for many years, will tell you about (the history of) Tavira and show you the real time images of this city. You get to know about the city within 20 minutes or so. It’s fantastic! He has a very pleasant voice to listen to as well and is incredibly funny. The lady downstairs at the cashier was a bit of the opposite… not as friendly as the British guy and she did not even allow us to make use of the bathroom before paying (we were queueing and just waiting for our turn, so why not - to save time as the tour was about to begin - let us go to the toilet first?).
  • This actually exceeded our excpectations. I've seen such device in Greenwich Observatory, but this one is much better quality. Seeing the city view in such detail is very impressive. Guy who conducts the show delivers the jokes with deadpan expression and is really funny!

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