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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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Very intersting to go up in the lift and see the whole of Tavira on the lens . Informative talk... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Janet H
Very interesting.

Our young guide was very friendly and informative. It was amazing to see Tavira "live" through the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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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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Calcada da Galeria 12 | Torre de Tavira, Tavira 8800-306, Portugal
+351 281 322 527
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very intersting to go up in the lift and see the whole of Tavira on the lens . Informative talk from the owner to explain how it all works

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our young guide was very friendly and informative. It was amazing to see Tavira "live" through the mirrors and lenses. Children would love it as much as we oldies did.

Thank SIT1975
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting overview of Tavira. The gentleman that provides the narration was well informed and does a great job. An ex-pat, clearly an expert on his chosen home. The camera obscura is an interesting device. We'll worth a visit.

Thank UncleBilly232
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A quirky place and very interesting. its an old water tower converted to a viewing room utilising a couple of lenses, a mirro and a bowl to project the image. Its amazing how much detail of the town you can see and watch the people...More

Thank 5,269
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fascinating experience for all ages - the camera obscura is based in an old water tower up by the castle and is over 100 years old. You can see the whole city in real time. Our guide was excellent - pointing out...More

Thank RWhitener
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

An excellent experience with a witty and knowledgeable guide. Well worth a look - it's amazing what a mirror and a dish can show.

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

I read a magazine article about Alhazen, the inventor of the original Camera Obscura, on the flight to Portugal. Was delighted to see one in operation. A good value attraction when in Tavira

1  Thank Happy2Travel3
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This was a brilliant way to see this exceptionally pretty town and the guide had a good knowledge of the town and its history its well woth a visit.

Thank Sarah J
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Had never been to a Camera Obscura before so didn't know what to expect. Was amazed with the views of Tavira produced by the device. Our guide on the day was very knowledgeable and also very funny. All in all a great experience and for...More

Thank sbcross48
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Old water tower converted to this amazing view of Tavira, the mirror lenses reflecting down on a big dish in front of us showing the birds eye view of Tavira in real time. You can see people walking by the river and see far across...More

Thank 345debrab
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Response from Kevin N | Reviewed this property |
Adults 4 euros . Good value.