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From Cabanas de Tavira: 4 Hours Boat Tour Octopus Route

1. 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: Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Train

2. 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.

Cabanas de Tavira: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

3. 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.

Tavira: Tuk-Tuk City Tour

4. 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.

Albufeira: Tour to 4 Eastern Algarve Towns

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

From Tavira: Private Santa Luzia & Ria Formosa Tuk Tuk Tour

8. From Tavira: Private Santa Luzia & Ria Formosa Tuk Tuk Tour

Take a unique private tour of Tavira and Santa Luzia by electric tuk tuk. See the beautiful Ria Formosa, salt pans and a traditional Portuguese fishing village with your expert guide.  Start in Tavira’s salt pans, where you’ll hear about the production process of sea salt. If you’re lucky, you can spy some flamingos or storks here, too.  Then head to Santa Luzia, a traditional Portugiese fishing village. Discover its artisanal fishing materials and octopus fishing boats with your guide.  Next up is the Ria Formosa, a natural park with a lagoon system and islands. See the breathtaking flora and fauna native to this area from the tuk tuk.  And your last stop,  last stop is an old olive tree that is over 2000 years old, before heading back to Tavira via a country path.

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 Algarve: Best of the East

10. From Algarve: Best of the East

On this full-day tour starting from Quarteira to Eastern Algarve, discover the regions of Moorish and Roman heritage. Visit Faro, the capital of the Algarve province with its 13th century city center. Then, continue on to the Moorish town of Olhão, a key site for fishing and explore its important fish market. Visit the attractive and charming old town of Tavira with a 4th century Roman bridge still intact and its many churches. Then head towards Gilão and Cacela Velha. Finally, you will reach Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo António, border towns with Spain separated by the generous mouth of the Guadiana River.

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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