Pousada de Tavira
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- Number of rooms: 36
- Air conditioning
- Disabled facilities
- Free internet (public areas)
- 24-hour reception
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Safe at reception
- Golf course nearby
- Aiport (30km)
Pousada de Tavira - Converted 16th-century convent
The Pousada de Tavira opened in 2006 and is located within the buildings of the Graça Convent, which was founded by King Sebastian I in the 16th century for the Cloistered Augustinian Nuns. It features a 16th- and 17th-century Renaissance cloister and a baroque-style central staircase. This exceptionally beautiful Pousada stands on what was once most likely the Jewish quarter of the attractive seaside town of Tavira, which is steeped in history and famous for its 37 churches. It is known as the ‘Town of Churches’, and also as the ‘Venice of the Algarve’ due to its position on two hills on either side of the River Gilão linked by a seven-arched bridge. Midway between Faro and the Spanish border, this is a delightful and completely 'unspoilt' area of the Algarve - a world away from the popular resorts to the west.
Tavira's Pousada has 36 Rooms: 7 are doubles and 24 are twins, of which one has a mezzanine floor. Some of the double and twin rooms have small balconies. One of the double rooms has a view to the church and the public garden in front of the Pousada. This room, the room with a mezzanine and another one with a private garden are characterized as superior rooms. There also are 5 suites of which one is a duplex (the suite D. Sebastião) another has a terrace and a private garden (the suite Almanasor) and two others have a small balcony (the suites Santiago and Frei Sam Pedro). Frei João is the name of the other suite. One of the rooms has disabled facilities.
One of the more contemporary features of the Pousada is the swimming pool and terrace which, along with several other modern touches, provide clients with 21st century comforts and style, blended with the authentic features of the convent. This is tastefully done so that the Pousada de Tavira retains an aura of serenity and tranquility, with its quiet and luminous cloister and passageways bolstered by additional walkways that enable you to enjoy the panoramic views of this wonderful setting. Tavira's Pousada also has a safe-enough car park in the form of a parking area whose gates are closed at night.
The Pousada has an excellent restaurant offering a wide variety of Portuguese and international cuisine. You can expect plenty of fish and seafood on the menu, but you will also find good meat and vegetarian options, and traditional desserts to taste.
Tavira is a very attractive coastal town which grew rapidly during the height of Portugal's tuna-fishing industry, with the river Gilão running through it and saltflats running down to the estuary. Ferries operate down the river and across the estuary to the sandbar, part of the marine nature reserve, where you can enjoy the long sandy beach and beachside restaurants. A very short ferry ride can also be taken from the car park at the mouth of the estuary. There are a number of decent restaurants to be found back in Tavira and on the colourful quayside, with bridges spanning the river as the town climbs up to the heights where the Pousada de Tavira can be found, and plenty of terraces and cafes to enable you to enjoy the fine climate and lovely views. Smaller shops are more common here, with an occasional market in the centre of the town by the riverside. The sandbar runs quite far along the coast here, after which several attractive islands with good beaches can also be visited shortly before you reach the Spanish border. Regular, small ferry boats slit about along the inland waterways, swiftly transferring visitors to the sandbar.
The town of Tavira is the main centre east of Faro, with several small, pretty coastal resorts such as Olhão and Cabanas and quieter sandy beaches to be enjoyed. The sea temperature is noticeably higher in this area and to the East, and the quality of the beaches is high.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.00
- Traditional smoked Tuna with extra virgin olive oil
- Pan seared Scallops in extra virgin olive oil served with an Ancienne Mustard Sauce and a shot of Gaspacho
- Codfish confit with extra virgin olive oil and coriander over Bread and Cabbage ‘Migas’
- Layered Orange and Carob Tart with Vanilla Ice-Cream and a Citrus Sauce from the Algarve
The outdoor swimming pool opens when the external air temperature rises in April, and usually closes in late September/early October. The opening times are from 9am to 7pm.
- K. Lock
A perfect combination of contemporary luxury and unique Portuguese charm of an older time in history sprinkled with Moorish influence. The staff really DO go the extra mile to make your stay truly memorable.
What a serene hotel and such a lovely little town to visit. We had dinner by the riverside on the main square, and we'd recommend Tavira to anybody.
How to get there
From Tavira train station 1. Head southeast on Largo de Santo Amaro toward R. Luís de Camões (233 ft) 2. Exit the roundabout onto R. Mariada Piedade Vaz Baganha (0.1 mi) 3. Turn right onto R. Santo Estêvão (52 ft) 4. Take the 1st left onto R. Sebastião Leiria (0.1 mi) 5. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R. dos Mouros (180 ft) 6. Slight left to stay on R. dos Mouros (266 ft) 7. Turn left onto Travessa da Olaria (161 ft) 8. Turn right onto Largo da Porta do Postigo (79 ft) 9. Turn left onto Largo Dr. Jorge Correia Destination will be on the left (200 ft)
Sagres - 140 Km
Beja - 175 Km
Faro Airport - 30 Km
Seville Airport - 105 Km
Region & Cuisine
The southernmost region of Portugal, the Algarve, is without a doubt the best-known to visitors to the country from overseas thanks to its popularity as one of Europe’s main holiday destinations. Certainly the Algarve’s attractions are many, and not least its enviable climate with sunshine virtually year-round.
The region is probably most famous for its beaches and its numerous golf courses. The Algarve has around 100 miles of coastline, stretching from the border with Spain in the east right across the south of the country to Cape St Vincent in the west (this is the most south-westerly point in Europe), and then north for about 30 miles up to the border with the Alentejo region. And it’s a wonderful coastline with a mixture of extensive beaches of fine golden sand, small sandy coves and, in places, dramatic cliff-faces and rock formations. Inevitably, since the sixties and seventies there has been a lot of development centred on the main resorts such as Albufeira, Praia da Rocha and Vilamoura with the construction of hotels, apartments, marinas and so on, but in the extreme east and west of the Algarve coast, smaller towns – Tavira and Sagres as examples - while still offering the same glorious beaches remain almost untouched by the frenetic activity of the tourist centres.
The Algarve is not, however, just about beaches and golf. Inland the region is largely rural – hilly, and in places mountainous – and many of the picturesque little towns and villages in the interior appear to have changed little over the centuries and still retain their quiet, unhurried and relaxed way of life. Like the rest of the Iberian Peninsula the Algarve became part of the Roman empire in the second century BC (there are important Roman remains on the coast in Lagos), but the longest occupation of the region was by the Moors who named the region Al-Gharb and who were finally expelled in 1250, completing the reconquest of Portugal. As in Andalusia in Spain, the archtectural legacy of the Moorish occupation is much in evidence throughout the region.
The principal, and by far the largest, city of the Algarve is Faro. Practically every visitor arrives here thanks to flights into its airport from all over Europe, but very few actually stay in Faro. But it’s an elegant coastal city with a medieval wall and many monuments, museums and churches and it definitely deserves a visit. Away from the coast two particularly attractive towns are Monchique, up in the hills about 20 miles from the resort of Portimao, and Loulé, an active market town a short drive inland from Vilamoura.
Apart from high-quality ‘international cuisine’ stemming from the tourism so important to this region, there are plenty of delicious local dishes available throughout the Algarve. Pork and chicken are the main ingredients for meat dishes, notably ‘Cataplana’ (pork with lots of clams and garlic) and ‘chicken piri-piri’ ranging from mild to very hot and spicy. But fish and seafood reign supreme here; grilled sardines are excellent on the Algarve coast and available practically everywhere while swordfish, bass, bream, squid, clams, lobsters and prawns are all of the highest quality and fresh as can be. Wines from all over Portugal are freely available, but the local wines from Lagos, Tavira and Lagoa are all good and the region produces several local varieties of liqueur.
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Children: Generally the cost of an extra bed for a child under 13 years is free (when sharing a twin/double room with 2 parents). Please check with us for your specific dates.
Half-board: Most Pousadas offer a varied 3-course 'Table d'Hote' menu @ £27 per person excluding drinks, and an extensive 'a la carte' selection is available at all Pousadas. These menus change seasonally and vary at each Pousada.
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