Tavira Island, Tavira

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Vast stretches of white and golden sands, classical South Iberian and Moorish houses, and a wide range of traditional taverns make Tavira Island an idyllic way to experience the many colors of Portugal. Accessible by ferry or water taxi, the 11 km (6.8 mi) long island shelters exotic flora and curious birds, including the seasonal flamingo. You can walk for hours through its dunes and marshes. Stake out a place at one of the campsites, go swimming and soak in some sun, or have a stroll through the island's charming narrow streets. You can stop for a bite at a traditional restaurant. Make Tavira Island a centerpiece of your Tavira vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tavira trip itinerary planning website .
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  • Fantastic beach! Clean sea and good opportunities for deck chairs! Quiet and nice people. Good beach bar, amazing views!
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  • We took the ferry to this beach which runs every 30 minutes according to the timetable but seemed to run more frequently when we were there in peak season. Ferry very cheap at two euros return. Beach ...  more »
  • Too many people on this island that is supposed to be nature reserve. .. more restaurant canteen... Nice family, nice and clear water.
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  • Beautiful beach with cheap access via the ferry. The bar drinks were reasonable prices but we didn't eat there so can't comment on those. The restaunts seemed very pricey. Picnics are advised for the budget conscious.
  • Excellent extensive beach reaching uninterrupted to Praia Barril and beyond. On the approach from the ferry they're are a few bars and restaurants which should suit most tastes. For those who don't care for lying on sand there's a good number of sun loungers for hire.
  • A very busy beach, with both tourists and natives. A long walk from the ferry stop till the beach, but it's really your only option, and a bit of walking is fine. Toilets and showers available, only a bit hidden. Many restaurant options
  • This beach is amazing! Beautiful! Lots of restaurants in the village, fair prices, all fantastic! Toilets are dirty and ferry gets crowded end of day, though.
  • Loved this beach, one of our favourites in Algarve! Large stretches of sand, easily accessible by ferry from the city centre with nearly continuous trips all day

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Where to stay in Tavira

Tavira boasts a selection of affordable accommodations. Check yourself into a family-run bed and breakfast or small-time hotel as an affordable option with a quiet atmosphere among the city's array of whitewashed homes. Stay in a guesthouse or private apartment tucked into the residential neighborhoods along the banks of the Gilao River for a great view over the waterway and across to the other side's historical waterfront buildings. Alternatively, you can opt to pay a little more to stay in one of the more upscale hotels located in the residential neighborhoods north of the freeway; these require transportation into town but feature pools, restaurants, and plenty of amenities.
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