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Camera Obscura

Calcada da Galeria, 12 | Torre de Tavira, Tavira 8800-306, Portugal
+351 281 322 527
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On the skyline of the pretty Moorish town of Tavira stands a strange construction. A cylindrical form on spindly legs with what appears to be a single eye that slowly turns to observe the town, it's presence like that of an alien spaceship from War of the Worlds. The cylinder however contains a delightful camera obscura, and in the cool darkened space it's revolving lens projects telescopic images of the town below onto a large concave screen. The commentator tells you that from ground level you cannot be seen as you observe the comings and goings of the street below. What fun then, when walking through the town, you become aware of the eye turning to face you and you face it, smile and wave at the surprised tourists inside. Please note that the last show is performed 30 minutes before the closing time so we kindly recommend to arrive before 4:30 pm Monday to Friday or 12:30 pm Saturday and Sunday. Thank you.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Calcada da Galeria, 12 | Torre de Tavira, Tavira 8800-306, Portugal
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+351 281 322 527
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Reviewed today

Well worth a visit. Superb view of Tavira from the Camera Obscura. High climb up stairs or an outside the building lift which is exciting.

Thank Alex W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unusual and worthwhile view of the town. A great assistant explains how the mirror/lens system works and it gave us a great overview of the town with a locals knowledge of attractions. At 4 euros each it was well worth it.

Thank Martin C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is basically a live view of Tavira through a special lens that is located high up in a disused water tower but has the feel and atmosphere of a theme park experience. Basically, you enter a dark room where a guide operates the lens...More

1  Thank Tony G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not realise that the camera obscura was there until my sister came to visit. I just thought the building was a water tower. It was quiet when we visited and so we had the guide to ourselves. It was the first time that...More

1  Thank Fletch_Andy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This attraction offers very good value for what you get. We climbed the staircase into the old water tower and stood around the large satellite shaped screen which was flat out before us all. As the door was closed and we stood in the darkness,...More

Thank LauraBroomBroon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had never seen a camera obscura, although my daughters love them. We came across this and decided to try it out. It was fascinating to see the city of Tavira spread out before us. The guide was very informative. I highly recommend this unusual...More

Thank ShelleyG33
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Something totaly different. Never seen anything like this before on my travels. Well worth a visit and the guide was fantastic.

Thank kenny10564
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

From the ground it is a water tower (disused) but take the lift and go into the tower and you will find a treasure. Based on an idea dating back to Da Vinci and with a 100 year old lens and a mirror Tavira is...More

Thank AndrewRating
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Came across this purely by chance, there was quite a bit of work going on around the site, but it didn’t spoil the visit

Thank valdowling
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

A camera in a water tower that can show you the whole of Tavira through a system of mirrors. The person demonstrating the obscura was very informative

Thank mossgrant
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Response from Kevin N | Reviewed this property |
Adults 4 euros . Good value.
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