The small town of Tavira, Portugal, is located in the southern part of the country, close to the border with Spain. It's about thirty kilometres east of Faro ,and just over an hour away from the famed party destination of Lagos. It is the ideal getaway for those wishing to skip the party scene. Tavira is situated between the Gilão River and the Atlantic Ocean.
Tavira is a small town and is often regarded as southern Portugal's most charming town. Its pretty mix of Moorish and Gothic architecture make wandering around its cobblestone streets a wonderful way to spend a relaxing afternoon. There is a lot of history in Tavira -- castle ruins set high on top of a hill, an old Roman bridge, and a multitude of shady plazas and gorgeous churches all add a little bit of magic to Tavira.
Tavira also has its fair share of beaches, although to access them you will need to take a short ferry-boat ride. The closest is a mere three kilometres from town. The beaches in Tavira have warmer water compared to other beaches along the Atlantic coast of Portugal and boast kilometres of golden sand and calm tranquil waters.
Tavira is more of hotel sort of town, however there are a number of guesthouses and hostels in Tavira, Portugal. Most of the guesthouses tend to be more expensive but better equipped in comparison to the hostels in Tavira, Portugal. Hostels in Tavira, Portugal, are definitely the cheaper option, and they tend to be centrally located within the old town, close to the river. Guesthouses and hostels in Tavira, Portugal, are often comfortable and many offer a free breakfast.
Tavira is easily accessible via bus from other major cities in Portugal and from major Spanish cities close to the border. Alternatively, there is also a train line that connects Tavira to other towns and cities in southern Portugal.
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