Tavira Garden 16A
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The family-friendly Tavira Garden is widely regarded as one of the finest holiday apartment rental complexes in the Eastern Algarve. Facilities include two pools (each with adjacent kids pool), a bar/bistro, a gym (with machines, sauna, massage, yoga), mature gardens, tennis, WiFi Internet free at Reception, in the Bar/Bistro and at the main pool. The old town is a 10-15 minute walk or a €4,00 taxi. There is a good supermarket at 300m and a large shopping centre at 800m (major supermarket, shops, boutiques, food court, cinemas, etc). Tavira itself is one of the best preserved towns of the Algarve – rich in Roman, Moorish and Crusader history, it even has a Roman bridge still in everyday use. A commuter train connects with most of the coastal towns of the Algarve from the Spanish border in the east to Lagos in the west. Express buses run to Seville, Lisbon, etc, while local buses connect with the towns and villages of the Algarve hinterland. Nearby Tavira Island offers 13km of some of the finest white strands of the Algarve (and a secluded nudist beach!).
Apartment 16A is a single level penthouse apartment of 90sqm/1000sqft close to one of the pools. It sleeps four to six guests, kitchen and dining are comprehensively equipped for self-catering for six. Dish-washer, washing machine, drying frame, iron/board, etc, are provided.
Living/Dining room and both bedrooms (one double, one twin) have individual AC. The living room has a double sofa-bed; a camp-bed and cot/high chair are available free of charge if requested when booking. The bathroom is located between the two bedrooms.
The satellite TV offers dozens of English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese channels. The 90cm LED TV has HDMI and USB connections and a DVD player. Communal WiFi is provided free at Reception, in the Bar/Bistro and at the main pool. An individual WiFi 'HotSpor' can be provided in the apartment as an option (ADSL 12Mbps nominal with unlimited download. First week £20, thereafter £12 per week or pro rata per day).
There is an individual roof terrace with gas BBQ, dining table, loungers, umbrella and panoramic views to the sea and to the Algarve hills.
Bed-linen and towels are supplied and changed when the apartment is cleaned in mid stay for longer stays.
Rental rates are shown for parties of two, four or six; enquire for three or five. For longer stays, a discount of 10% is applied to the average daily cost for all days in excess of one week. Short stays are accepted (minimum three days) but a final cleaning charge is applied to any stay less than one week.
Long winter lets at heavily discounted rates on request (Linen + towels supplied; Utilities + Final Cleaning extra).
Faro airport transfers arranged at €50,00 (2014 each way for 4/5 people; 35 minutes).
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ilha da Tavira 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro (Seville 150km) 35 km, Nearest railway: Tavira Porta Nova 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
The Algarve region
The East Algarve was always the favourite summer destination for the better off Spaniards and Portuguese and has escaped the over-commercialisation which has plagued the better known West Algarve, the favoured destination for most English tourists.
Faro airport (35km from Tavira) provides excellent connections and Seville airport (160km) is sometimes an attractive alternative.
The Guadiana River Valley, the border between Spain and Portugal is about 25km from Tavira. The old walled towns along the river, a memento of the historical enmity between these neighbours, make for fascinating visits -- the valley is half an hour's drive from Tavira or you can take a boat trip upriver with a stop for lunch en route.
The Ria Formosa Natural Park (one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal") surrounds Tavira. You can go bird-watching, butterfly-chasing, cycling, horse-riding -- or simply wander!
Some of the best beaches of the Algarve (and definitely the warmest waters) are found on Ilha da Tavira (Tavira Island) which is reached by a short ferry ride from the old town. On the island there are 12km of fine white strands, bars, cafés, restaurants, sun-loungers, umbrellas, massage. You can always find an uncrowded spot within easy reach and there is even a remote nudist section.
A dozen or so golf courses are within half an hour's drive of Tavira, the nearest less than five minutes away. Tennis, horse-riding, bicycle hire, water-sports, fishing, boat-hire -- all are well represented in Tavira.
While Tavira itself has a fascinating history, there are many small local villages within easy reach. Santa Luzia, the octopus capital of the Algarve; Cachopo, in the centre of the hunting district and renowned for game dishes in its restaurants; Cacela Velha, an old fort town dating back to the Moors.
There are many street markets (in Tavira itself and throughout the area) offering a fascinating selection of bric-a-brac.
The old centre of Tavira is very well preserved. The town boasts a wealth of Roman, Moorish and Crusader history. The town council nurtures the tourist industry and arranges a wide selection of entertainment throughout the season. You can enjoy street theatre, folk music and dancing, fairs and exhibitions, a film festival, aerial displays and balloon races, culinary festivals, etc. The town itself boasts an extraordinary diversity of cafes, bars and restaurants -- you can dine extraordinarily inexpensively or spend a small fortune in the upmarket Pousada de Convento da Graca! The active local fishing industry ensures an excellent supply of fresh fish.
In Dec 2013 Tavira was recognised by UNESCO as the Portuguese centre of the European Cultural Heritage "Mediterranean diet", a tribute to the culinary excellence of the many fine (and inexpensive) restaurants in the town.
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