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Lovely Traditional House in Historic Zone Tavira

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Historic Zone, south-facing sun terrace. Traditional roomy house with character

For those looking for 'something different and inspiring'. Somewhere you can experience the local atmosphere of Tavira. A short walk (5 mins) from the town centre yet backs onto open ground. A roomy town house with character. Perfect for an extended city break or a beach holiday with home from home comforts. Situated conveniently in calm but traditional, working district with a terrace view of the city walls, Pousada, Igreja do S. Roque and monumental stone built railway arch. Easy walk to bus and railway stations(5 mins). A renovated traditional south facing dwelling which can offer an artistic and inspiring hideaway with Moorish influences. Casa do Cano offers you a launch pad for exploring the region's history, nature and some of the best beaches in Europe.

It has a sitting room with lots of natural light, furnished with a 'Captain's' desk for writing the novel... (or a postcard or two) armchairs, sofa-bed and bookshelves.

The main dining area is almost Casablanca, lined with vintage mosiac-style tiles and has ample seating with enough space for entertaining. Through an archway opening is the newly fitted kitchen and adjoining is a small quintal with sink and traditional brick built BBQ.

A marble staircase with wrought iron banister leads to the upper floor which has an ample south facing balcony with a view of the historic centre. A great spot with sun loungers and cafe table for breakfast sunshine, afternoon lounging or night time under the stars.

The double bedroom has a large window that overlooks the terrace and is flooded with natural light. There is a double bed, bedside lamp tables and a dresser with mirror. The second bedroom is at the back of the house and has a single bed, a lamp table and wardrobe. This room overlooks the little BBQ quintal, open ground beyond and has a skyline view of the historic centre.

The large, newly fitted bathroom has a walk-in shower, sink, toilet, bidet and washing machine.

Even though close to the town centre (8 minutes stroll through the cobbled streets of the historic zone) Casa do Cano lies against open ground where the neighbour grazes his 3 sheep and a handful of chickens so countryside sounds mingle with the little once-an-hour train as it pulls slowly into Tavira Station (7 minutes walk away). Pigeons from the lofts nearby circle overhead undisturbed by the 1pm lunch time siren from the fire station. There is always something to watch!

Initially we were cautious about the railway line but we (and those living nearby) find that that the railway track is anything but a drawback and adds to the charm of the place. The single line carries small light passenger trains that move at slow speed as they are only 300mtrs from the pretty station in Tavira. The line in fact makes much less noise than a road and the stock (2 light passenger carriages) only run hourly during the day and not at all at night. The little crescent of traditional houses that run from the renovated church of S Roque and behind the fire station is a peaceful, traditional area only 150m along a cobbled lane from the Pousada and the castle in the very centre of the town.

More Details
Registration Number : 54078/AL

Property Manager
Merry Pannett
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2018

About Merry Pannett

Tavirapad Casa do Cano is our third rental property and we have only recently listed it. Our previous properties have been a great success. We work very hard to give our guests the very best of holidays by providing a home-from-home base that offers all of the comforts needed for full relaxation. We have had a great time doing it and have been awarded almost all 5-star reviews and a 'Certificate of Excellence' for this season!

We lived in Portugal during the 80's and returned to live in Tavira in 2009. We feel privileged to live in this part of the world and never grow tired of the joys that it brings. We love to see the storks reeling high in the thermals or spotting a chameleon amongst the greenery. The natural beauty of this area, with its beaches and sparkling seas, is such a treasure. Tavira is, for us, a perfect place to live. it has everything that we need yet is small enough to not feel lost. Its people are warm and friendly and many of the visitors in the summer are family members, connecting by spending quality time together.

Merry Pannett purchased this house in 2016

Why Merry Pannett chose Tavira

Tavira has so much to offer on many levels, it is so easy to fall under its spell.. It has natural beauty and charm, history and culture and has some of the best beaches in the Europe. The town has been a holiday destination for many years which means that whole families return to spend their treasured holiday time together. So we have a tradition of friends and wider family spending their days in company, enjoying the simple pleasures on the beach and their evenings promenading, eating, meeting & greeting friends old and new. Tavira folk are a great representation of the warmth of the Portuguese

We felt that 'Casa do Cano' was a really nice size house, it looks small from the outside but offers a good amount of accommodation. Though it is modelled on a Traditional design, it feels roomy and has plenty of natural light so is good all year around. We feel that the location is very special too. it is a working bairro so is lively and yet feels like a calm backwater on the edge of the historic zone. The bus and train stations are nearby and the supermarket (Lidl) is also only 250mts away. Everything close at hand!

What makes this house unique

Tavira is a treasure, and like any true gem, the more we get to know it, the more we love it. We chose TaviraPad for its location and its quality of accommodation. It combines homely comfort, a nice place to just relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. But also it's very easy to walk into the town centre and enjoy all entertainment that there is on offer there, especially if you enjoy people watching. Good restaurants, nice shops, summer entertainment, street cafes and bars or just walking in the gardens with the pleasantly cooling influence of the river that flows through this charming town.


Tavira House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We request that our guests respect the property and the property of the neighbours.
  • You may be on holiday but the neighbours may have to work in the morning.... no noise after midnight please.
  • Accidents happen. If you had a mishap and something has been damaged or broken, please let us know before you leave.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Has bedside cabinets, dresser with a mirror and two chairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Has a bedside cabinet, a free standing wardrobe with drawer
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Lovely Traditional House in Historic Zone Tavira
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

A great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Tradional Portuguese house lovingly restored & modernised to a vey high standard. The house is beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean & well located close to the historic centre.

The owners could not have been more welcoming, friendly or helpful. We wanted for nothing.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful traditional house

  • 4 of 5

A beautiful traditional house about a 5 minute walk from the Roman Bridge in the centre of Tavira. There is a good size sitting room but this wasn't used much as we preferred the lovely (and private) balcony which catches all but the last of the evening sun. There was a great folder of information about Tavira compiled by the hosts, who were extremely helpful and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you loved Casa do Cano and how close it is to the centre of Tavira. Good to know that you made the most of the sun terrace and had yourselves a relaxing time!! We hope to see you again!
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Cardiff, Wales

A convenient, comfortable and well-located house

  • 4 of 5

This is an excellent base for a stay in Tavira if it meets your requirements and if the few disadvantages are not essential to your stay. It’s fairly priced and we would stay here again.

The location is convenient, with the old town, churches, restaurants and the nearest supermarket all within about 10 minutes’ walk. Other supermarkets are a short drive away.

The train station is also about 10 minutes away. The bus station is nearer. We were always able to park our car nearby.

The friendly owners met us on arrival and were always available to answer questions or to resolve minor issues. The information folder is full of useful information.

The main view is of the fire station.

At the rear of the property is a smallholding with livestock. We liked this, but the cock crows early in the morning. However, the shutters are very effective at shutting out all light and reducing noise. There are some undeveloped spaces and citrus groves beyond the railway line which runs behind the property, so it has a nice semi-rural feel.

All the rooms, except the kitchen area, are spacious and comfortable. Lighting is good throughout and there are plenty of spare power sockets. Decoration and furnishings are attractive.

The owners provided us on arrival with wine, pastries, and huge lemons from their own tree.

There is an upstairs balcony, screened from street view, with table, chairs, parasol and loungers. This would be very pleasant in warm, sunny weather.

The Wi-Fi is limited. You are requested not to watch videos or films, but even for browsing, it is slower and less reliable than the 3G/4G data service and needed regular restarts. Our phones have inclusive data, but we weren't able to use our wifi-only tablets.

The TV can be used for playing DVDs but I don’t think had any TV services as such.

There’s a lot of storage space in the bedrooms and the large bathroom has shelves for your toiletries. The heated towel rail can also be used to speed up drying of smaller quantities of wet clothes.

There’s hot water at all times. The shower is excellent.

We didn’t like having to put soiled toilet paper in a small bin, but this is apparently standard in the area.

Heaters are provided for cold weather. Use of multiple power-hungry appliances trips the electricity (e.g. washing machine, kettle and toaster). The reset is easy once you know where it is.

My deposit was returned promptly after the stay, without deductions, although I'd confessed to breaking a glass.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Paul for taking the time to give us your very thorough review. We were pleased that the timing of your stay (early April) was so good for your birdwatching trips, it was just a pity that this also coincided with the April showers and what has been an unusually chilly period for the Algarve. That extra chill put an unusual extra burden upon the power provision in this traditional property which we have already requested be augmented. The internet issue too has been reported to the provider who had assured us that we had been upgraded. We were glad that you found Casa do Cano to be an excellent base and that you appreciated what it offered so would stay again! All the best for now, Merry & Simon.
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Newfoundland, Canada

A wonderful place to stay in Tavira

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Merry and Simon for a first class stay in your recently restored tradional Tavira town house. You were great to deal with on the rental,all questions were answered quickly and with great detail. Arrival and checkin were seamless,parking is right outside the door, never a problem to find a spot.

The house is exactly as described, clean,all the modern conveniences you need, the internet was a bonus for keeping in touch with family.We have stayed in numerous vacation rentals in Europe over the years and this one ranks as one of the best,very good value for money and location.

The balcony is sheltered and a great place to catch the sun on a spring day. Beds and linens were of a high standard as were the kitchen equipment and generous welcome package. The supermarket is a 10 minute walk, lovely French bakery a short distance from the house as well as wonderful restaurants. The train and bus stations are a short walk and there is no need for a car. We enjoyed the Beaches in the area which are accessible by ferry and by foot. The people in Tavira are very welcoming making for a first class holiday. We are looking forward to returning to Tavira and will definitely stay with Merry and Simon again ,there is no better place.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brenda, Thank you so much for your glowing review and for being such enthusiastic and caring guests. We are really pleased that your first trip to Tavira was such a success and that you enjoyed your stay at Tavirapad ‘Casa do Cano’ so much. We do indeed like to think that we offer our guests a nice space in which to feel comfortable and at home and with easy access to this lovely part of the world. So it’s really rewarding to have the pleasure of hosting such nice, happy and appreciative guests!! We look forward to seeing you both again very soon. With best wishes from Merry and Simon.
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Petite maison traditionnelle joliment décorée

  • 5 of 5

Endroit très bien situé, intérieur maison joliment meublé et décoré, hôtes adorables. Ils ont pensé à tout en fournissant même parasol, serviettes de plage, locks pour les vélos ; très bon accueil . Je recommande cet endroit.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ces charmants invités !! Donc, très heureux que vous avez passé d'excellentes vacances et que vous avez tellement aimé Casa do Cano. Nous espérons vous revoir bientôt!
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Faro Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
many to chose from within
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Ferry to Tavira Island beach
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Benamore Golf, Cabanas
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
A22 Via de Infante
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
A very wide choice of many within range of
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Tavira Island by ferry
Car: not necessary

Tavira is a charming, family oriented, Historic town. Straddling the Rio Gilao Tavira sits within the Natural Park of Ria Formosa bordered by salt pans that have been in operation for hundreds of years. A short 10 minute ferry-ride fom the town quay Transports you to Tavira Island which boasts mile upon mile of silver sand beaches and the open sea. There are no cars able to cross to the islands so bathers can just bask is the natural beauty without traffic fumes!

6 km west of Tavira lies Santa Luzia, a small fishing village. Just beyond at Pedras d'El Rei you can access the beach on foot across a little pontoon bridge. There is a miniature train that will for a small fee, carry you to praia do Barril (no-one is too old to enjoy this little ride). There is a small group of buildings here that were once home to tuna fishermen and their families. They have now been converted into attractive small cafes and restaurants, with al fresco dining. The beach, now just along the boardwalk opens out beautifully in both directions as far as the eye can see. A wonderful wide, white sand beach, perfect for swimming and for beach-combing! Cabanas, with its own small fishing fleet is 6 km east of Tavira. The pretty riverfront there has many cafes, bars and restaurants and a delightful board-walk promenade. Here you will see huts offering a choice of river and sea trips. There are many small boats here that ferry passenges across the Ria to the jetty and Cabanas island. This is also a stunning beach with acres of white sand edged by dunes and rolling down to the sparkling, refreshing sea. Walk along in the shallows and you can watch the extreme sport of kitesurfing with the bright kites launching and landing.

The sunsets here can be superb, filling the skies with the most exquisite fiery light.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $191.23

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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