Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve

When we staying in Portugal a couple of years ago we never ventured east of Faro.. My parents had driven over from Spain, and it almost felt like we’d be taking them home to explore on the eastern side of the coast.  Plus it was our first visit and we had plenty to keep occupied.  This time around we wanted to see more places we hadn’t seen on our last trip, and spent some time exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve.  My parents hadn’t visited there for over twenty years either, so we were all set for a new adventure.

Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve

I hadn’t done any research before our visit, other than have a quick read of my guide-book.  I knew there was a castle of sorts but that was about it.  We found somewhere to park and headed for the castle ramparts we’d spotted.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
The castle seemed a good place to start and somewhere to get our bearings from too.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
Tavira Castle is free to visit, only two of the towers remain, along with wall on three sides.  But it’s definitely worth a visit as it has some lovely views over the town itself.
My son loved walked along the walls and up to the towers, he’s so much more confident these days, it’s a joy to see.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
Granny decided not to climb the steps and spent time exploring the garden below, giving my son the activity of Granny spotting as he explored the castle walls.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve and walking around the castle was really worthwhile.  it’s very compact compared to other castle ruins we’ve visited but the views are wonderful.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
My little adventurer loved looking out over the rooftops trying to spot the nesting storks which are all over the Algarve at this time of year.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
This way Mummy, as he explored some more.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
No fear, and off he went on the hunt for Gramps.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
I had trouble keeping up with him.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
He soon gave up on me and decided to leads Gramps instead.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
Whilst I went back to admiring the views with the occasional visitor.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve

By the side of one of the towers we found some steps which took us down into the main street through Tavira.  I really liked the feel of the town, with it’s pretty cobbled side streets, it felt very welcoming.

We following the road down, past the bustling shops to Praca da Republica trying to persuade my son that he should save his Euros for something he really wanted, rather than the first thing he saw!

Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve

We did spot a road train but we couldn’t work out where it stopped, but that would have been an ideal way to see the town.

Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve

As it was we continued on foot towards the old bridge, originally Roman, but in its current construction, dating to the 17th century.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
The bridge crosses the river Gilão and offers lovely views in both directions as well as somewhere to sit for a moment or two.
Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve
We decided to cross the bridge and walk along the side of the river and cross back over to Jardim do Coreto further along on the next foot bridge.
We could look down at low tide and spot crabs as well as loads of fish, presumably sardines, and watch fishermen at work.

We walked past the Mercado da Ribeira and found a lovely restaurant looking out across the estuary.  Once we’d finished our lunch we headed back into Jardim do Coreto as we were really intrigued by the beautiful bandstand.

Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve

What we didn’t realise until we got up close was that the bandstand is actually moated and has some interesting inhabitants.

We’d had a lovely time exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve, and it’s definitely somewhere I’d go back to again to explore in more detail.

Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve

Have you been?  If so, where would you recommend we should visit next?

Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve

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11 thoughts on “Exploring Tavira on the Eastern Algarve

  1. This sounds like a really lovely holiday – and the idea of Granny spotting made me laugh!! We’ve seen one of those giant stork’s nests too, they’re amazingly huge. Your mini adventurer certainly had a varied time #CountryKids

  2. As someone who has only ever visited the Algarve on sales conferences in winter this looks so much more appealing! I love the little castle and ideal to have it open to the public for a good poke around for free. The whole town looks very beautiful and full of interesting buildings, I’d love to visit one day.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  3. Love the idea of the game of Grannie spotting, but dont blame her for not trailing up and down all those stairs especially in the heat.
    I love the contrast of the blue skies and white buildings.
    A moat round a band stand is a bit different.
    That is an old bridge.

  4. We love a good non-planned visit of places – sounds like it worked out well. What great views too! Glad to hear that your man is growing up so well – happy and more and more independent.

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