Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Boa Vista is a large detached 4-bed, 3-bath, partially air-conditioned villa on an 800sqm lot, 6 to 10 mins walk (depending on age, agility and encumberment) from the Roman bridge which is generally regarded as the centre point of old Tavira; a car is not essential. With a wrap-around marble-tiled terrace at ground floor level and a roof terrace at first floor level, the villa offers panoramic views along the river, over the Roman Bridge, the Moorish Castle, and the old town, and out to sea. A choice of footpaths at the back of the villa takes you to the Roman Bridge, generally regarded as the centre point of the old town, in 6 to 10 minutes (depending on age and emcimberment!).
Eight adult guests and one baby can comfortably be accommodated – a cot and/or high-chair are available free of charge on request. On arrival, you are met by an English couple who introduce you to the facilities. They live locally and are on hand 24/7 should any minor emergencies occur during your stay. They also provide a Welcome Basket including tea, coffee, milk, sugar, cheese, cold meats, bread, water, wine, beer, soft drinks, etc – maybe not enough for a four course meal but enough that you don't have to rush to the supermarket.
The large pool is separated from the patio area by a child security fence.
The villa is equipped throughout to a very high standard. The lounge area is approx 40sqm/400sqft. Satellite and Cable TV (English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese channels) are provided in the lounge, the dining room and the master bedroom – each location has an independent satellite connection. There is a large open-plan kitchen/dining area comprehensively equipped to cater for eight people – the central island of the kitchen doubles as a breakfast bar. Both lounge and dining room are air-conditioned – and each also has four sliding doors opening onto the wrap around terrace if you prefer a fresh breeze.
There are four bedrooms, two with double beds and two with twin beds. There are also three bathrooms. The master bedroom is air-conditioned and has bathroom en suite, TV, etc. The other double bedroom is also air-conditioned and the twin bedrooms have fans. The utility room includes a washing machine and a dryer. Soaps, detergents, toilet paper, etc are provided.
The pool is 11m x 5m (36ft x 16ft) and is enclosed by a child-protection fence. The pool area is well equipped – there is a pergola, several umbrellas, 8 loungers, shower, etc. An informal selection of pool toys and flotation aids is available. Underwater floodlights add magic to the pool in the hot summer evenings.
Alfresco dining for eight is provided on the patio close to the pool and also on a shaded portion of the wrap-around terrace beside the kitchen. Tables, chairs and umbrellas are also provided on another section of the terrace off the utility room and on the roof terrace (which also has some loungers). A gas BBQ offers easy cooking.
Wi-Fi internet access is provided (ADSL 12Mbps with WiFi router and unlimited download); a telephone can be connected on request. You also have DVD, VCR, HDMI/USB connections, etc.
The urbanisation has no through traffic and free on-street parking is readily available. Taxis transfer to/from Faro airport costs Euro 50,00 for five (maybe six). Taxis within the urban area are readily available and relatively inexpensive (Euro 4,00).
Throughout the season, the local Camara (Town Council) organises a wide selection of street theatre, folk dancing and singing, concerts, fairs and exhibitions, a film festival, etc. There are also regular street markets in Tavira and many of the surrounding towns and villages. Restaurants abound in Tavira – the choice varies from basic local with paper tablecloths and aluminium tables offering a meal for two including house wine for Euro 20,00 to 25,00 to the formal elegance of the Pousada where you can dine in fine style at Euro 100,00 or more per head – and you have a greta choice of everything in between. Tavira is still an active fishing port and an extraordinary variety of fresh fish is widely available – and Tavira in 2013 was recognised as a European Centre of Culture for Mediterranean cooking! Tavira is a family-friendly town, much of it is pedestrianised and kids are safe and welcome. Unlike many of the towns of the Central and Western Algarve, disco bars and lager louts are conspicuous by their absence in Tavira – but there are several excellent bars (kids welcome) where you can relax after dinner and a few “night clubs” where you can dance until the dawn come up.
Nearby Ilha da Tavira (Tavira Island, but actually a sandbar) offers some 12km of magnificent white strands (also even a secluded nudist beach!) and the waters here are the warmest in the Algarve. The island offers bars, restaurants, massage facilities, rental of deck-chairs, loungers, umbrellas, etc. With such a stretch of beach, there is never any difficulty having a good area of beach to yourself. The island is reached by several ferries from Tavira or by a little old train straight out of a kids cartoon.
The Spanish border (no formalities) is 25km away, Seville 90 minutes drive (or take an express bus). The old walled towns along the mighty Guadiana River (it marks the border of Spain and Portugal) are half an hour's drive away. A remnant of the centuries-long enmity between the two countries, they are well worth a visit – one great outing is to take a boat trip up the river which stops at several of the towns and takes a break for lunch en route.
There are half a dozen golf courses within half an hour's drive (the nearest, Benamor, is 5km and offers a great lunch) and most of the big name Algarve courses can be reached in one hour. A temporary membership of a local golfing society can be arranged on request – this brings big discounts and also offers very inexpensive club hire.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ilha da Tavira 2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 35 km, Nearest railway: Tavira 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Algarve region
Tavira lies in the Eastern Algarve. Inhabited since Phoenician times, it was a major port in Roman, Moorish and Crusader times. Today, it's historic centre is one of the best preserved in the entire Algarve and Tavira is now encircled by the Rio Formosa Nature Park. A commuter train connects Tavira with most of the coastal towns of the Algarve from the Spanish border n the east to Lagos in the west -- this train also connects in Faro with the high-speed trains to Lisbon and Oporto. Express buses connect to Faro, Lisbon, Huelva, Seville, etc. Local buses serve the towns and villages of the Algarve hinterland. Faro airport (35 mins, 35km) offers an extraordinary range of flight connections to the British Isles and mainland Europe.
Renowned for 3000+ hours of sunshine per year and the warmest waters of anywhere in the Algarve, Tavira was traditionally the watering hole of the better off Spaniards and Portuguese and, unlike the Western Algarve, has only opened up to Northern European tourists relatively recently -- and has managed to avoid many of the developmental mistakes which plague many towns in the western Algarve!
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, 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 Rio Formosa Nature Park offers bird-watching, butterfly-chasing, horse-riding, cycling -- or you can just plain wander! The Tavira Camara (Town Council) mounts a great selection of events throughout the season -- street theatre, folk music and dancing, culinary and film festivals, air-displays, balloon races, fairs, exhibitions, concerts, etc.
Bicycle rental (but there are two already available in the villa) offers the opportunity to explore the Rio Formosa along designated cycle tracks. Tavira Island, with its bars, restaurants, massage facilities, lounger and umbrella rental, etc is a magnet for sun-worshippers.