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Tavira: Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Train

1. Tavira: Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Train

Hop on the tourist train of Tavira and enjoy a tour around the city to see its main sights. Explore the old city with its many monuments and beautiful churches. Hop off at the various stops if you wish to explore the sites further. See the ruins of Tavira Castle, a ruined fortress that once guarded this fishing town from raiding pirates. Learn about the history of the landmarks you see with onboard commentary provided. Ride past the Tavira Salines, shallow salt evaporation ponds where you can observe seagulls, waders, and several other water birds. Benefit from a convenient and efficient way of exploring the charming city of Tavira.

From Cabanas de Tavira: 4 Hours Boat Tour Octopus Route

2. From Cabanas de Tavira: 4 Hours Boat Tour Octopus Route

This is the ideal tour for those wanting to get to know the Algarve Islands. You'll also stop at Santa Luzia, where you'll enjoy a typical Octopus dish.  You'll depart from Cabanas de Tavira, travelling by boat to Barra Artificial de Tavira and Quatro-águas before arriving at Santa Luzia, the land of the Octopus. After lunch, passengers will travel on to Terra Estreita, where you'll make another 30-minute stop to get to know some of the main features of the island. After 4 fantastic hours in islands, the tour will end at the boarding point, Cabanas de Tavira.

Tavira: Tuk-Tuk City Tour

3. Tavira: Tuk-Tuk City Tour

Enjoy this Tavira City tour and go to all the corners of the city that tell you about its history and its main nooks and secrets.  Pass through the area of Alto de São Brás and see the chapel of São Brás and the Church of Nossa Senhor do Carmo which is the largest church in the city.  Stop in the salt pans for 5 minutes, it is located in the area of Atalaia. There you find the Convent of Bernardas and the former prison. Stop at the church São Sebastião for 5 minutes and take some great photos.  Continue through the military barracks, Church of São Francisco, Church of São José, the street of Liberdade and República square which is in the city center.  Experience the historic area which is the most important area of this tour. Use the opportunity to visit the Convent of Graça, Santiago church, Santa Maria church, Misericórdia church, and stop at the Castle for another 5 minutes.  The tour is carried on a 100% electric tuk-tuk.

Algarve: Aqualand Entrance Ticket

4. Algarve: Aqualand Entrance Ticket

Cool off at Portugal's most exciting waterpark: Aqualand Algarve. Located between Albufeira and Portimão, Aqualand Algarve is a space of pure water fun, lasting the entire day. The park has something for everyone, from the "Children's Paradis" area with mini slides and activities for the most adventurous kids, while grown-ups can try out high adrenaline levels on “Banzai” with a vertical fall of 23m. Be it the sea waves in the Surf Beach wave pool or the speedy “Hydra”, with its three slides for simple and double floats, a great day is guaranteed. The park also features a semi-Olympic swimming pool, unique among the water parks in Portugal. With something for the whole family, your trip to Aqualand is sure to be a great day out.

Cabanas de Tavira: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

5. Cabanas de Tavira: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Experience the excitement of seeing dolphins swimming in the open ocean on this boat tour. You tour offers a 95% chance that you will see dolphins. You will also learn about the dolphin species that live near the Ria Formosa. Your skipper is very experienced and knows just where to find these friendly and gentle creatures. Keep your eyes open during your 2.5-hour tour and you might be the first to spot the dolphins.

Albufeira: Tour to 4 Eastern Algarve Towns

6. Albufeira: Tour to 4 Eastern Algarve Towns

Get lost in the beauty of eastern Algarve on this our from Albufeira to the charming towns of Faro, Olhão, Tavira, and Vila Real de Santo António. See old architecture at churches and a castle. Explore with some free time in Olhão and Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Get picked-up from your accommodation and sit back and enjoy the scenery on the drive to the town of Faro. Take in the colorful boats at the marina and the Spanish Gothic architecture at the cathedral. Have some time to do some souvenir shopping before heading to Olhão. Admire the white houses and churches in the Moorish fishing village of Olhão. Stop at the port and enjoy the vibrancy of the largest fish market on the island. Head to the oldest pâté factory in Portugal. Afterwards, travel to the town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio which lies on the mouth of the Guadiana river. Visit the oldest Portuguese canned fish factory. Spend some free time where you can go get some lunch or do some shopping at local boutiques. Continue on to the town of Tavira which has been settled since the late Bronze Age. Discover a variety of architectural styles at its churches and a medieval castle positioned over the Gilão river. Experience traditional Portuguese Fado music before returning to your accommodation.

Faro Airport: Transfer To/From Tavira or Faro City Center

7. Faro Airport: Transfer To/From Tavira or Faro City Center

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer between Faro Airport and your accommodation in Tavira or Faro city center. Choose from a 1-way service to or from the airport. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

From Tavira: Santa Luzia and Fuseta Village tour by Tuk Tuk

8. From Tavira: Santa Luzia and Fuseta Village tour by Tuk Tuk

Sit back and relax as your guided tuk tuk tour takes you to the beautiful fishing village of Santa Luzia. Stop at the best places to see the Ria Formosa, a lagoon and one of the most picturesque parts of the Algarve. See how traditional clay pottery is made in the Algarve. After seeing these 2 incredible Algarve villages you’ll be taken back to the center of Tavira.

Tavira: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour and Camera Obscura

9. Tavira: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour and Camera Obscura

Start your day with a private tour of the city on an electric tuk-tuk. Visit the main historical sights of the city, such as the Tavira castle. Hear interesting stories and facts about the city from your local guide. At the end of the tour, your private tuk-tuk tour guide will take you to Camera Obscura, one of Tavira's main attractions, for a unique way to see the town.

From Tavira: Tuk Tuk Tour to Cabanas & Cacela Velha Village

10. From Tavira: Tuk Tuk Tour to Cabanas & Cacela Velha Village

Discover 2 quaint villages, Cabanas de Tavira and Cacela Velha, and take in the stunning views of the Algarve region as you zip around in your electric tuk-tuk. Make stops along the tour to see the sights and important sites as well as for the best views of Ria Formosa and the ocean. Leave Tavira and head for your first stop: the fishing village of Cabanas de Tavira. It takes about 15 minutes and you'll drive down the main street, by the Ria. On the way to Cacela Velha, see fruit farms, and make a stop at the well-known Factory next to Ria Formosa. Drive on towards Cacela Velha, a magnificent and picturesque place with the best view of the Ria Formosa and ocean. Here, you also see the most interesting and beautiful sights of the region — the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção and the Fortress of Cacela.

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What people are saying about Tavira

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 424 reviews

This was the perfect activity to do with my 80 year old mom who gets around pretty slowly and can't walk too far without getting tired. She was visiting from the US and we wanted to show her around Tavira. Our guide was wonderful and did a great job showing us the sights and describing the rich history of the town. The tour also included a visit to the salt pans where we got to see workers skimming of the fleur de sel and learn about the ancient practice.

Super Service. The driver welcomed us very friendly. The journey was pleasant, everything was very customer-oriented. Any time. We recommend!

João was an excellent guide taking us to the historic locations of Tavira a well as the salinas. I strongly recommend.

Stress free trip from our accommodation in Tavira to the airport! Driver of the day ;)

Lovely way to get around. Guide was friendly and informative