Apartment in Tavira, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Set in Peaceful Garden Complex. Close to Pretty Town of Tavira
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Great apartment in Tavira
Enjoyed our two weeks in Tavira. Apartment was located within a 25 minute walk to the center of Tavira, was well appointed with everything we needed. Our host John offered helpful information prior to arriving (driving instruction, suggested restaurants, events etc.) which made being a newcomer to Tavira very easy. Bed was comfortable and living area spaceous and we really enjoyed having an outside patio which was private and where we ate some of our meals.
The apartment is on the top floor and does not have a lift so luggage has to be carried up and down about 50 steps. If someone has mobility issues this may not be the unit for your needs.
Thanks to John and Viktorya (who met us) for making our stay a pleasant one.
Clean and bright apartment - perfect for family holiday Easy airport transfer & charming town.
Apartment was spacious and had everything we needed. Supermarket near by and two pool areas in complex - one perfect for two under 3 years. Lovely outdoor space for adults to chill after dinner. Good fans to circulate air and keep us all cool in apartment at night. Plenty of information for places to see / go and very reasonable taxis to ferry departures for beach days. Only drawback was negotiating the stairs to our apartment with the suitcases on arrival but well worth the exercise plus great counting practice for 2 year old. Definitely recommend as lovely unspoilt town and perfectly viable the cope without Car.
Home from home
As soon as we booked the apartment the owner sent us lots of information about the complex, the local area, travel and various activities. Although we did not arrive until 11.30pm the agent was there to meet us as planned which was very reassuring. The apartment itself was extremely spacious with sufficient room for 5 adults and it was equipped to a high standard - everything you could want in a kitchen, as well as satellite tv and wi-fi. There is a patio area just outside the kitchen and an enormous roof terrace one floor above with fantastic views. The complex and is well maintained, as is the pool area where we never had a problem obtaining sunbeds, even though it was peak season. The nearest supermarket is 200 metres away although it means walking along a cycle track/pathway next to a busy road. There is a large shopping mall a little further away and it takes about 15-20 mins to walk into Tavira town. A car is not essential although we found it much easier to get around after we hired one, especially being able to access some of the beautiful beaches slightly off the beaten track.
Hi Ian, Many thanks for your helpful comments. It was a pleasure to have you stay and you're very welcome if ever you choose to return.
Perfect for a relaxing week in the sun
Really lovely top floor apartment (up 4 flights of stairs), with great views down to the sea. Very well equipped and furnished, spotlessly clean when we arrived. Tavira Gardens is very nicely done, with great swimming pools and bar/restaurant but nice and quiet in the evenings. Air conditioning was much appreciated when we were there as it was very hot at night. John (the owner) was super helpful right from when we booked the apartment and sent us a wealth of information before we went and it is all available in the apartment as well. Tavira town and the beaches are really lovely, perfect for a relaxing week in the sun!
appartement spacieux et très propre
Rien à dire au niveau de la propreté le ménage est fait une fois par semaine, quand on rentre une bonne odeur s'en dégage. Je ne m'attendais pas à avoir un appartement aussi grand, idéale pour un séjour en famille
The coast of Tavira is within the Ria Formosa National Park. The wide sandy beach situated on the Island of Tavira is reached by taking a charming ferry trip from Tavira town or by a trip on the narrow gauge railway at nearby Barril. On the beach are attractive restaurants and cafes, with parasols and sun beds for hire. There are also many enormous clean sandy mainland beaches all along the coast as far as the Spanish border to the east or Faro and beyond to the west.
Faro airport is approx 30km away (30 minutes, 38 Euros by pre-booked taxi). From the airport there are bus services into Faro with frequent bus and train connections onward to Tavira. Trains and buses from Tavira will take you to other parts of Portugal and to Spain. It is perfectly feasible to enjoy your stay in Tavira without a car and many do so. However the use of a car even for a few days will enable you to explore the wider area.
A 15 min walk from the complex will bring you to the tidal River Gilao in the centre of Tavira town. Alternatively there is a readily available and inexpensive ( say 5 euros within the urban area) taxi service. The coastal villages of Santa Luzia and Cabanas are a 5 - 10 min drive away (also reached by bus or train). There are a host of nearby towns and villages to explore for example Olhão (20km), still a thriving fishing town. The Spanish border is about 30km east.
Picturesque Tavira is surrounded by hills with an active fleet of small fishing boats moored on one bank of its narrow tidal river. At the daily food market you can buy all the fish, vegetables, meat and dairy produce you could wish for. The river front is bordered by a delightful park. Within a few yards are friendly cafes and restaurants to cater for all tastes. In its delightful town square with its trickling fountain there are frequent entertainments. Fun activities include ferry rides, narrow-gauge railway, road train, horses, bike hire, astronomical obervatory, water parks, caves, castles, tidal mills, street entertainment, plus the miles of beaches. And there are weekly church concerts. Nearby you'll find supermarkets, banks, post offices, cinema, internet cafes, tourist office, and many interesting local shops. In the apartment we've provided up to date brochures of local attractions. We'll send details of them, plus lots of other useful tips, to guests well in advance of their holiday. The link to our website has lots of photos of the flat and Tavira.