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A Bit of Background
Tavira is a city and municipality in the Algarve, with approximately 25,000 inhabitants. The city has many 18th century buildings. A Roman bridge links the two parts of the town across the River Gilão.
There are beautiful beaches to be found here by visitors and Tavira island is a stunning hotspot to visit. For history and culture lovers, the town of Tavira is also no disappointment: it contains no fewer than 32 churches.
The church of Santa Maria do Castelo, built on the site of a Moorish mosque, holds the tomb of Dom Paio Peres Correia. The church dates from the 13th century and the tower has been remodeled from the original Muslim minaret.
The surrounding area is still fairly rural – but this is now changing due to the demands of the tourist industry and golf courses opening in the vicinity.
Estate Agents Say…
With all its waterways and architecture, Tavira is very much the Venice of the Algarve.
The Algarve’s main airport is Faro. The airport can handle up to six million passengers per year but is already at full capacity, with plans underway to expand the terminal so it can deal with eight million. Flights to Faro are operated by all major airlines, with the most popular routes coming from the UK’s London, Dublin and Manchester airports.
The Algarve’s two main cities, Faro and Lagos, each have train stations, with rail services running to and from Lisbon, Porto, Braga and others. Trains are run by CP, who power Portugal’s national rail network. Fast options include the Pendolino engine, Alfa Pendular, and high-speed passenger trains, Intercidades, as well as international connections.
The Algarve has one main motorway, the A22. The road runs parallel to the coast, making it easy to cross the region by car. A toll was introduced at the end of 2011, with credits available from most post offices. To avoid tolls, you can take the N125, but be prepared for a bumpy ride!
£100k – 250k
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