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Apartment | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Tavira Antiqua Doma is the ideal holiday home for those wishing to stay in style and luxury in the very centre of the beautiful and historic coastal town of Tavira, Portugal.

The apartment forms part of property is a beautifully restored traditional Portuguese house located on a cobbled street and comprises a four bedroom, four bathroom apartment sleeping up to 9 persons, with two outside terraces. The apartments are luxurious with traditional features and comfortable furniture. The apartment has internet access.

Fantastic water scenes, shops and restaurants are within a few minutes' walk. A wide choice of lovely beaches and golf courses can be reached within 15-20 minutes.

The property is located one minute from Tavira's river and a bridge providing direct access to the town's old market square, riverside gardens, fish restaurants and water taxi and ferry services.

The town's Roman bridge is another minute's walk further along the river linking to the main town square and bus and rail stations.

The ferry service links the town to Tavira Island within about 10 minutes, offering a fabulous 5 mile beach of golden sand and restaurants. Alternatively there is a wide choice of alternative beaches within 20 minutes such as Cabanas, Manta Rota and Altura to the east and Pedras del Rei and Fuzeta to the west.

The property is also located very close to golf courses at Benamor, Quinta da Ria, Quinta da Cima, Colina Verde and Monte Rei. There is a range of activities for children in and around the town.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Tavira Island (Ilha da Tavira)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro 40 km, Nearest railway: Tavira 1 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, Sea view
General Central heating, Air conditioning, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Further details indoors

Four bedroom apartment (No 28 Rua Poeta Emiliano da Costa)


The entrance is at the front of the property to the left.

Living Room

The living room is spacious with three French windows and balconies looking out onto a quiet street with a beautiful panelled ceiling, traditional Portuguese tiles and large leather sofas. There is also a wide screen TV with cable channels.

Dining Area

The dining area forms part of the Living Room, adjacent to the kitchen. The dining table can seat up to 10 persons.


The apartment has internet access.

Bedroom No. 1

This has king sized double bed with bedside tables. There are built in wardrobes and a natural oak chest of drawers. This bedroom has its own an en-suite bathroom including bath with shower.

There is a mini balcony leading from a single French window. This room has a ceiling fan.

Bedroom No. 2

This has two single beds with bedside tables, natural oak chest of drawers and a free standing wardrobe. There is a mini balcony leading from a single French window. The guest bathroom is immediately next to this bedroom. This room has a fan.

Bedroom No. 3

This beautiful space has two single beds, built in wardrobes and chest of drawers and its own en-suite bathroom with shower. This room is air conditioned.

Bedroom No. 4

This room has a double bed with built in wardrobe space and a natural oak chest of drawers and its own ensuite bathroom. Two French windows open out into a beautiful west facing terrace with traditional balustrade. This room is air conditioned.

Roof Terrace

The roof terrace is accessed via a short flight of stairs and gets the sun from dawn to dusk. It offers views of the old town over the roof tops and far reaching views towards the sea. There is a table and chairs with an umbrella and sun beds with cushions.


The kitchen joins conveniently to the living area and provides a fridge, freezer, cooker, dishwasher, and pull out larder.

Photo: Kitchen (1) & Kitchen (2).

Utility Room

There is a small utility room with washing machine and drier. A drying frame is available for use on the terrace in Bedroom No. 4.


A hallway links the living area to Bedrooms 1 & 2

Further details outdoors

The roof terrace has a table and chairs and sun beds with umbrella.

The Algarve region

Tavira is situated in the Eastern Algarve about 30 minutes from Faro Airport and 20 minutes from the border with Spain. The region is not highly developed in comparison with the Western Algarve, yet has superb beaches and amongst the newest and largest golf courses in the Algarve. Though Tavira is the most significant and historic town, neighbouring towns such as Olhao and Vila Real are full of character and offer interesting opportunities for shopping for local crafts. The Ria Formosa, stretching from Faro to Tavira is the most extensive lagoon complex in Portugal and offers a range of trails and footpaths, beaches, islands and natural habitats to be explored.



Ilha da Tavira is the nearest beach. Accessed by ferry or water taxi, this beach is 5km long, with beautiful golden sand, with lifeguards. Sun beds and parasols are available to hire in the summer and there is a good choice of bars and restaurants; many include sea food on their menus.

Barrill Beach at Pedras del Rei, on the far side of Santa Luzia to the west is a superb beach served by a small complex of cafes, restaurants, shops and restaurants set in the quaint buildings of a former fishing community. There is a stunning spectacle of old ships anchors alongside the beach. The beach has lifeguards and sun beds and umbrellas for hire. It can be reached by a mini train service or on foot from the parking area at Pedras del Rei.

Cabanas beach is the nearest beach to the east and can be reached by water taxi or by ferry from Cabanas waterfront. Further east, Manta Rota, about 15-20 minutes by car or bus is a fabulous alternative.

Out and About in Tavira

Walk to the end of Rua Poeta Emiliano da Costa and turn to the left and within seconds you are on the riverside. Walk across the bridge in front of you and you are in the market square where there are frequently live entertainment, market stalls, an ice cream kiosk and where tables and chairs sprawl out by the river.

The Old Market Place is a beautiful structure, with bars and restaurants on the perimeter by the river and market square, craft shops and a newsagent selling daily papers from the UK and most major European countries. There is a large seating area inside offering free WiFi.

A little further out along the river you will pass the colourfully painted fishing boats and across the road a selection of fish restaurants then reach the access point for the ferry, water taxi and river and coastal tours.

Running parallel to this is the main street, Rua Primeiro de Maio, where a variety of shops, banks and less expensive eating places can be found. Continuing to the end of this street past the Via Gale hotel brings you to Tavira's food market, open most days of the week, where a large variety of fish, meat and vegetables can be purchased at amazing prices.

Walking in the opposite direction from the market square brings you past the riverside gardens to the main town square, the Praca da Republica. This and the street leading from here towards the station have recently been pedestrianised. There are a variety of interesting shops, patisseries, cafes and restaurants located here. Part of this area is set out in the form of an amphitheatre, where in the summer, there are live performances almost every night.

This area sits alongside the Roman Bridge beyond which there are some pleasant riverside walks either side of the river.

Crossing back along the river at this point takes you into old fashioned alleyways with more shops and some of the best restaurants in the town. Walking back down the river takes you past a lovely riverside bar and a French delicatessen and wine cellar both ideal for catching the late afternoon sun.

Eating Out

There is a wide choice of restaurants throughout Tavira catering for traditional Portuguese and wider European and other ethnic tastes. Many of these are situated charming situations in the narrow streets and alleyways on the east side of the river along from the Roman Bridge. There are also groups of restaurants around the old market place and in the Praca da Republica and a group row of fish restaurants facing the river just beyond the old market place close to the fishing port. Out of town, there are countless restaurants on the Ilha da Tavira and some good eating places in the neighbouring town of Santa Luzia to the west.

Local Attractions

Photo: Tavira Castle

There are a variety of local attractions to visit including:

•Tavira skate park on the east bank just past the railway viaduct.

•The Camera Obscura offering a 360 degree view of Tavira from up high

•Tavira's 2000 year old castle, located up the hill past the tourist office, which has gardens and great views across the roof tops from on top of its walls.

•A number of magnificent historic churches.

•The Municipal Museum in Palacio de Galeria.

•The Tuna Museum at the Vila Gale Albacora complex on the east side of the river going out towards the sea.

There is a useful small grocery store 50 metres up the street as you turn right out of the front door. It has a small wood entrance door and a BP sign.

The nearest supermarket to the house is the Pingo Doce at the end of Rua Joaquim Jara which runs to the rear of the property. There is also a Mini Preco in Rua Primeiro de Maio across the river and an Aldi store by the station.

At Tavira's food market, open most days of the week, a large variety of fish, meat and vegetables can be purchased at amazing prices.

There are a range of craft and speciality shops in the town particularly around the old market place and on the way up towards the station.

The recently opened Grand Plaza on the east side of the town is a major new shopping mall with over 100 shop units, including a Continente hypermarket, cinema complex and food court.

Other major shopping centres in the Algarve include the Forum in Faro, and the commercial centre in Albufeira.


Tavira has five of the most up to date golf courses in Portugal within 30 minutes. Of these, three are located around the adjacent town of Conceicao about 15 minutes from Tavira.

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Review 1-10 of 12

28 Sep 2014


"Beautifull accommodation"

Fantastic place to stay while in Tavira. Home from home through and through. everything you need in a lovely renovated building.… More

27 Sep 2014


"Excellent accommodation in great location"

Spacious and well equipped, lots of room for seven adults and a toddler, very helpful owner.Couldn't fault this lovely apartment in central Tavira, easy walking to shops, restaurants, ferry, bus … More

28 Aug 2014


"What a wonderful experience!"

First time we went to the east side of the Algarve. What a lovely surprise definitely a secret gem. A must is the ferry trip over to Tavira beach (1.90 euro return, umberella 2 sunbeds 11 euro) you c… More

28 Aug 2014


"Casa super completa perfectamente ubicada"

La casa con todas las comodidades y más, la entregan en perfecto estado y con muchos extras, luces portátiles para la terraza, equipos para jugar en la playa, etc. Salón muy amplio con internet wif… More

14 Jul 2014



What a wonderful surprise to arrive at this lovely old but beautifully renovated house in the centre of Tavira. A perfect location with many shops, bars and restaurants nearby. A huge supermarket 5 minutes walk away (Pingo's) supplying all our food/drink needs. A ten minute walk over the bridge took us to the ferry to a glorious sandy beach. We didn't need a car (we took a taxi from Faro airport to Tavira - 45 euros each way).
The house is light and airy . It has 4 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The main bedroom has double doors to a delightful balcony with table and chairs. In addition there is access to a roof terrace where we enjoyed several barbecues (delicious sardines!) or lounged on the sun beds. Bliss.
Dont hesitate! Book this place, you won't be disappointed.

13 Jul 2014


"Beautiful well located apartment"

This apartment is absolutely beautiful and possibly the most comfortable holiday let we have ever stayed in. It was immaculately clean, extremely spacious, comfortable beds and everything worked!, (appliances, internet, TV etc. etc).

The location is wonderful. Being in the centre of Tavira, it is within easy walking distance of many restaurants, supermarkets, the river, the town square, tourist office, bus station, etc.

The organisation of our holiday was really efficiently handled with the owner, who answered queries promptly and provided us with all the information we needed to help us get around and get the most of our time in Tavira.

I have no negative comments about this apartment, and anyone looking for a town based holiday in Tavira would have to go a long way to find a more perfect property

12 Jul 2014



we have stayed in this apartment for a month for the last 4 years December to mid January consecutive found it well equipped, beautifully furnished and in a very central position. The apartment is very spacious and at the high end of the market. The exterior maintains the traditional architectural style but when you enter the building you appreciate the layout of modern style and the work that has gone into the planning to make this place so special. The owner Martin Ebbs couldn't be more helpful & informative. There is always help at hand if any problems arise although none have when we have stayed there . We are due to go back in October and are sure the stay will be as good as ever.

27 Jun 2014


"Location can't make up for a very poor experience."

The property is centrally based and ideal for exploring Tavira. However there are issues that need to be borne in mind. There are 2 pubs very close to the property. While the one next to the property … More

To set this review into context, I had cause to write to the reviewer due to the unsatisfactory state in which this apartment was left by him and his family - a bedroom left smelling of cigarette smoke; stairs left in a filthy condition; blood and other stains found on the bed linen, amongst other issues. I am keen to maintain this apartment to a high standard and naturally take issue when it is treated with such a lack of respect – thankfully this has rarely been necessary. The reviewer was not happy to hear from me about this and in his reply indicated that he would be posting a poisonous review.
I had in fact called in on this family whilst they were staying in the apartment and asked them if everything was OK and other than a temporary problem with the roof terrace lighting, nothing else was mentioned. No other guest has ever complained about the cleanliness of the apartment or raised issues about child friendliness. It is always presented to a high standard and receives nothing but high praise. A prominent local property agent has told me that it is the best apartment in town.
Being a duplex apartment on the first floor, it is obviously not ideal for anyone with mobility problems and where this is the case, guests are accommodated in the ground floor apartment below which has easy access from the street. This has always proved popular (see Property No. 177993).
As regards the bar next door, whilst the reviewer was there this had no impact on his experience in the apartment. The operator's licence had been suspended, following swift action with the town hall who have since curtailed the future operating hours of the bar. The other bar referred to is located well away from the building.
It would appear that this review has been submitted out of spite and not out of an objective assessment of the property. This apartment is regularly highly rated by guests in tier feedback. Its quality is borne out by others who have left Trip Advisor reviews.

2 May 2014


"Luxurious but not for light sleepers"

The booking of the apartment was straight forward. There were some minor communication issues on our arrival, but we had arrived early. We were met at the apartment and shown around the property which… More

17 Dec 2013



Stayed in this in beautiful apartment for a week (sept 2013) we travelled as a party of six adults and the accommodation was perfect, lots of room,Large lounge,bathroom for each bedroom, air con or c… More

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