Portugal
Tavira Municipality

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  • Day625

    Tavira

    February 20, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Tavira has played an important role here in the Algarve. The Romans built the seven-arched bridge across the Rio Gilão at Tavira to link Castro Marim, near the Spanish border, to Faro. The Moors occupied the town in the 8th century and then Dom Pères Correia reconquered it in 1242. As the closet Portuguese port to Morocco, it became important during the Age of Discoveries, serving as a base for expeditions to North Africa. By 1520 it had become the Algarve's most populated settlement and was raised rank to a city.

    Its decline began in the 17th century when North African expeditions were abandoned and the river silted up. If that wasn't enough, the plague struck in 1645, followed by the earthquake of 1755! After it's tuna fishing and canning industry also declined in the 1950's, tourists have now become the biggest source of income and it is a lovely place to visit.

    We climbed to the castle ramparts for views across the numerous terracotta rooftops where we glimpsed a young couple having lunch on their roof terrace in the sunshine. Whilst today's structure is a reconstruction from the 17th century, the castle is believed to date back to neolithic times and was rebuilt by the Phoenicians. In the small interior garden we saw what we can only describe as an upside down hydrangea tree. The huge tree was laden with heavily-scented pink hydrangea flowers that hung downwards. It was beautiful. After crossing the Roman bridge we came across another beautiful garden that was small but well manicured.

    As we wandered around we noticed a lot of building renovations going on so it looks like Tavira is working hard at its reputation as 'arguably the Algarve's most charming town'.
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  • Day79

    Algarve motorhome park Tavira

    December 18, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    So this park has only been open a couple of days so thought we would give it a go. Showers, electric, Wi-Fi all for just €10 a night. Took a walk into town for a few essentials, run out of rum, and Tavira is nicer than I remember from last year. However Thursday saw really heavy rain all day long with winds up to 70mph, so a lazy day was had. Rain and wind continued overnight and Friday morning and as we drove the motorhome of pitch, going out for the day, it sunk up to its rear axle in the 'hardstanding'. Had to wait an hour or so for staff to come and dig us out. 3 others had the same problem while we were waiting. Saturday today and the rain continues to fall and the wind continues to blow so we haven't seen as much of Tavira as we would have liked.Read more

  • Day90

    Algarve motorhome park Tavira

    December 29, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    So spent the run up to New Year in and around Tavira at Algarve motorhome park. Brilliant new aire with electric, waste and water and Wi-Fi for just €10 A night. Great beach although a good half hours walk away. New Years Eve was spent watching live bands and fireworks in Tavira main square along with a few beers in some of the local bars. We were joined by Bob and Anne who are staying in Santa Luzia and a great night was had by all.Read more

  • Day628

    It's been a busy few days!

    February 23, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    A weekend of absolutely gorgeous weather made for getting out and about on the bike and it started with 168 of them!

    Our campsite location coincided with one of the 5 stages in the 45th Volte do Algarve, a professional cycle race across the Algarve with international teams taking part. As we joined other spectators on the side of the road, the police arrived and, at the appointed time, closed off the road to allow the huge pack of riders through. We looked in amazement as the cycling throng descended the hill before us and then swiftly divided into two packs to circumnavigate the roundabout. Blink, and you missed it.

    Out on our bike, we did a three-centre day trip taking in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, which looks eye-to-eye with Spain across the Guadiana River, the impressive 14th century castle and lunch in Castro Marim which is a typical Portuguese town of white-washed houses, and finally Cacela Vehla, a tiny cobble-stoned, historic town overlooking the start of the sandy islands that make up the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa.

    As if that wasn't enough, the next day we headed down the road to the fishing village of Santa Luzia and Praia do Barril, a stunning offshore beach with miles and miles of white sand that ranks in the Top 10 beaches of the Algarve, if not No. 1 in our opinion. We crossed the bridge that connects the mainland with the island, and then rather than taking the small tourist train to the beach, we chose to take the path instead and read the story-boards about the various birds on the way. Buildings that once housed tuna fishermen and their families are now home to a couple of restaurants, but fortunately the tourist factor has been kept low-key here. Alongside the buildings is an anchor cemetery where rows of varying sized anchors lie part-buried the the sand as a reminder of times gone by.

    Santa Luzia is famous for its octopus and we were looking forward to sampling some. Chris made a great choice of an octopus stew with black pudding, smoked ham, beans and rice. I didn't make such a good choice in deep-fried octopus patties but the location was superb, as we sat in the sunshine overlooking the beach front.
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  • Day82

    Pedras ďel Rai

    December 21, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Finally decided to book in somewhere for Christmas week so made the short journey from Tavira to Santa Luzia and Pedras ďel Rai holiday village. Booked a 1 bed villa at a very reasonable price (It is Christmas after all), parked the motorhome up nearby and proceeded to move clothes, food and everything we may need for the coming week. After a spot of lunch decided to try the air con/heating unit. It working. After attempts by park engineers we returned to reception to be offered another villa. Again neither us or the staff member that came with us could get the air con to work. Back to reception, sorry but we have no more of that accommodation so will have to upgrade you. Does it have a bath, Jayne asks. It has 3 bathrooms was the reply. So here we are in a 3 bed 3 bathroom luxury duplex apartment, at no extra charge saving us about £700.
    The weather has certainly turned too with sunshine flooding the terrace since we arrived.
    We made a shopping trip to Tavira yesterday to pick up the last few bits and are now chilling out and enjoying the sea view and sunshine.
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  • Day87

    Santa Luzia

    December 26, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    We have had a great few days here in Pedras ďel Rei and enjoyed a full Christmas day dinner after spending most of the day relaxing on the terrace in the sun. Today we took a stroll into Santa Luzia to meet up with Anne and Bob. Spent the afternoon sat outside one of the many cafe's eating lunch and enjoying a few beers in the sunshine.Read more

  • Day18

    Nächster Stopp; Huelva in Spanien

    August 1, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Auf dem Weg nach Spanien haben wir uns nochmal das Cabo de sao Vicente angesehen und einen Abstecher nach Fuseta gemacht. Hoffentlich gefällt uns der nächste Campingplatz, es ist nämlich wieder spät geworden.

  • Day891

    Rendezvous in the Ria

    November 13, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Our final stop in Portugal on this occasion was back in the lovely Ria Formosa area that we first visited earlier this year.

    It was a great place to make new friends, Mike & Mandy from Hinckley in Leicestershire, who also travel in a large 3-axle motorhome with their two dogs. It also gave us the opportunity meet up with old friends too as Remo from Switzerland stayed for a couple of nights on his way through to Turiscampo for the winter. We last saw him when we stayed at his home overlooking Lake Maggiore in August. It gave us a good excuse to have a delicious lunch in a top restaurant overlooking the sand dunes and the sea where we discussed plans for a potential trip together to ride around Scotland on the NC500 on our bikes.Read more

  • Day89

    Santa Luzia

    December 28, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Checked out of the apartment at Pedras ďel Rei and after a quick supply run to Tavira, and a mooch around the flea market there, we moved onto the aire at Santa Luzia. Although the day was nice enough the evening took a downturn as a local lad has set up a caravan in a corner of the aire and around 10.30 he and a lot of friends met up and partied until the early hours complete with bonfire and cars coming and going till about 5.30. Not really condusive to a good night's sleep. Especially as the only spot available was next to him. So Sunday morning saw us pack up and move back to the aire at tavira.Read more

  • Day92

    Jour 53 - Portugaaaaaaaal!!!

    August 19, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Voilà! Pays numéro 3! 🇵🇹
    Nous avons commandé des choses que l'on s'est fait livrer à la poste qui est en face du Ferry!
    Alors on récupère nos emplettes, on saute dans le Ferry et nous pédalons en direction de Faro!! ☀️

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