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Tavira and surrounding areas July 14

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Tavira and surrounding areas July 14


I'm taking my partner on a trip to Tavira for 7 nights at the end of July. We have rented a hire car so are able to explore the wider area. Are there any must sees or recommendations people could offer? Have never been to Portugal before. Would be interested in natural beauty spots, historic sites and preferably places not too crammed with fellow tourists!

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Tavira and surrounding areas July 14

The end of July is high season and the entire region will be quite busy. Have you already seen the www.visitalgarve.pt website? Under 'downloads' you'll find a monthly program which covers the entire Algarve. Besides you will find maps, brochures and ebooklets. There's an ebooklet 'rotas, tours around the Algarve', which you may find useful for scenic drives. You will find that as soon as you move away from the coast, into the hills, it becomes much quieter.

Along the coast you could visit Faro for a day. The historic center is quite nice. North of Faro you'll find the Roman ruins of Estoi. Olhão, west of Tavira, is nice for a visit also.

East of Tavira do visit the small village Cacela Velha from which you have lovely views over the Ria Formosa towards the islands.

Further East: Vila Real de Santo António which is right on the river/border with Spain. Again a lovely town to visit and if you have time, take the ferry across the river to Ayamonte and stroll around.


Enjoy your trip!

Edited: 13 July 2014, 12:38
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2. Re: Tavira and surrounding areas July 14

From Tavira, head north on the on the N397 to Cachopo then east on the N124 through Martim Longo to Alcoutim.

You will be in rural Portugal and in areas largely untouched by the tourist hand. The N120 runs along the top of a ridge and it's worth stopping now and then for the views. Alcoutim is a large village on the river Guadiana that forms the border with Spain.

Over the east the village of Castro Marim has two hilltop castles worth visiting, as is the village itself.

The pleasant town of São Bras de Alportel is a short drive and in Estoi there is an excellent Roman site and museum. Check opening hours - I think it is closed on Mondays.

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3. Re: Tavira and surrounding areas July 14

If you're prepared for a longer drive.Try Lagos in the west onto Sagres. Plenty of history there.

That area is where Henry the Navigator left to start his discoveries

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