Silver Coast +351 262 980 576   |  Algarve +351 915 150 617

Antwerp +32 3 283 70 70


Tavira, also known as the “Venice of the Algarve”, is one of the Algarve's most charming locations.

Located East of Faro International Airport, the town of Tavira runs along both sides of the Gilao River that flows into the sea through the lagoons of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve.

This old town is charming and picturesque with old cobblestone streets and interesting ancient architecture with Moorish influences. Dining in one of the many traditional restaurants along the river's edge is one of the best places to spend an evening in the Algarve.

Only a short boat trip from the town centre of Tavira you can reach some of the most spectacular islands with crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. A must visit is the small fishing village of Santa Luzia, famous for its octopus fishing where you can still experience the true tradition of Algarve living.

Discover Tavira

What's nearby?

Popular Tourist Spots

  • Roman Bridge of Tavira - 1.4 km
  • Tavira d'Artes Gallery - 1.5 km
  • Misericordia Church built in 1540 - 4 km
  • Tavira Castle - 4 km

Golf courses

  • Benamor Golf Course - 5 km
  • Quinta da Ria Golf Course - 8 km
  • Quinta de Cima Golf Course - 8 km
  • Monte Rei Golf - 15 km


  • Island of Tavira - 3 km
  • Forte da Barra - 3 km
  • Island of Cabanas 7 km
  • Barril - 8 km


  • Faro Airport - 41 km
  • Hospital Center of Algarve (Faro) - 36 km
  • A22 motorway - 23 km
  • Vilamoura International School - 55 km 

Praia do Barril - one of the Algarve's most unique beaches!

Barril beach not only offers pristine white sands and calm sea waters but is a reminder of a time gone by with its rusting anchor cemetery - a memorial to this region's fishing heritage. Hundreds of anchors used by fishing boats are spread along the sandbanks.

A small tuna fishing community once existed where today is a tourist location, yet much more calm and peaceful than other regions of the Algarve.

Although situated on the Island of Tavira, Barril is connected to the mainland by a bridge. To get there you can either walk the 1.3 km that separates the mainland of Tavira to Barril beach or hop on a mini-train that will take you there in 15 minutes, a trip that is a delight for children and grown-ups alike!

Barril also has several tourist facilities, including restaurants and shops that occupy former fishermen huts.

Silver Coast +351 262 980 576

Algarve +351 915 150 617

Antwerp +32 3 283 70 70

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