Tavira Garden is regarded as the premier complex of the unspoilt Eastern Algarve. The buildings are set in extensive well-kept mature gardens on this quiet complex. Facilities include 2 large pools with sun loungers and shade if required, 2 children's pools adjoining the large pools, poolside bar, children's play area, tennis court, well equipped gym, BBQ area. There is a restaurant/bar with inside and outside dining, a reception office (open Monday to Friday, English spoken), and ample safe parking on the complex. Tavira Garden is situated in the northern part of Tavira, an elegant and unspoilt historic town, still an active fishing port and with superb huge sandy beaches. With its maze of narrow cobbled streets, pastel-coloured houses, numerous churches, Roman bridge and medieval castle, exploring is sheer delight. There are dozens of delightful restaurants and cafes offering cheap high quality food, many situated along the palm lined River Gilão which runs through the town.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, Studio|
|Nearest beach||Isla de Tavira ferries leave from the town centre|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 34 km, Nearest railway: Tavira 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
The coast of Tavira is located within the Ria Formosa National Park. The clean uncrowded sandy Isla de Tavira beach is one of the largest and best beaches in the Algarve, with EC Blue Flag status, and can be reached by a charming short ferry trip from Tavira town or by a little journey on the holiday train at Barril. There are also many other enormous clean sandy mainland beaches all along the coast, as far as the Spanish border to the east or Faro to the west, none of which is ever overcrowded.
Four top quality golf courses are within easy reach; the nearest, Benamor, is just 4km away. Quinta da Cima and Quinta de Ria are a 5 minute drive from the apartment - Cima was voted the best course on the Algarve in 2004. On the Portuguese border you will find the Castro Marim course with excellent views of the countryside, sea and Spain. Lots of other courses in the western Algarve and western Spain are within one hour's drive. Tavira Garden is just 15 minutes drive from the new Jack Nicklaus Monte Rei golf complex - first 18 holes opened in 2007.
Price discounts at most local golf courses can be obtained with a Tavira Garden card, which should be requested before arrival. Golf club rental is available, including trolley.
Special Interest Holidays
Private boat trips can be organised, completely tailor-made to suit your own requirements. Boat takes up to 7 people. For example - bird watching in the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve; fishing; exploring the coast, Tavira Island, the River Gilão through Tavira town and the Ria Formosa. Why not visit one of the deserted beaches along this part of the coast, or take a boat trip to pretty Santa Luzia village for a leisurely fish lunch in one of the cheap little restaurants overlooking the sea?
The unspoiled coastal villages of Santa Luzia, Cabanas, Cacela Velha and Fuzeta are all a 5-10 min drive away (also reached by bus or train) - all with huge clean sandy beaches which are never over-crowded even in summer. The beautiful hills and villages of the Serra do Caldeirão are just a few km north. The Spanish border is approx 30km east, where the border castles, delightful old villages and broad River Guadiana are well worth exploring.
The nearest supermarket is approx 100 metres away (open 7 days per week 9am-9pm). The nearest bakers, cafés, post office, newsagent, chemist, other small shops and cash point are approx 700 metres away. There is a large daily market in the town, selling delicious local produce, fruit/vegetables, meat and fish.
It's just a short walk from Tavira Garden to the delightful old town areas, harbour, fishing port and Roman Bridge. Stroll round the maze of cobbled streets and alleyways in Tavira to search out the little shops, restaurants and bars. This beautiful and historic part of the Algarve has not been discovered by many tourists, and is untouched by any 'yob culture'.
Internet facilities are available in the Tavira Garden restaurant, also at several places in town, and the old covered market is a WiFi zone. There is a Tourist Information office in town near the medieval castle.