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Tavira – Sports, Leisure and Relaxation

There are two types of holidaymakers out there: those who leave their watch behind when they jet off, completely breaking free from their routine, and those who don’t let a holiday get in the way of their health and well-being schedule.

As a tourist destination, Tavira’s versatility caters for both types. A sleepy fishing village, its underlying vibrancy means anyone can easily get involved in sports, leisure or relaxation – there really is something for everyone!


1. Sports

Fitness enthusiasts will find Tavira well-equipped with a tennis club, municipal swimming pools at the Dr Eduardo Mansinho Municipal Pavilion. These infrastructures also include a gym with a cardio-fitness and weights room.

Rather be out in the great outdoors? Consider exploring the coastal ecovia. Connecting Tavira to Olhão and Vila Real de Santo António, the 23 km route with varying altitudes and paving types provides gorgeous vistas over the Ria Formosa. Check it out here! As well as jogging and cycling, Tavira also has facilities for countless other sports, including basketball, handball and football fields, which can all be found here.


To enjoy the best of what the city of Tavira has to offer, opt for accommodation in the city centre. Both Gilão and SofiSara are only a stone’s throw away from the Gilão river.

2. Leisure

Budding photographers are sure to delight in panoramic views from the Câmara Obscura museum, which is all the way up in Tavira Tower and provides a 360-degree tour of the city’s historical and cultural heritage. Get the lowdown on Tavira’s landmarks and local points of interest, all provided by an experienced guide. Accessed via a lift, visitors are taken 100m up to the top of the old water tower. Ticket prices vary between €3 and €5, and special offers may be available for families.

Outside the city centre you’ll find Cachopo iron fountain leisure park. Surrounded by trees and featuring a stone spring, the park is a slice of paradise just waiting to be discovered. In addition to the stream, which rarely dries up, visitors will also find a swimming pool in the park – the perfect place for a hike, picnic, and to make some memories!


3. Rest

If Dolce far niente is your cup of tea, you’ll love Tavira’s beaches. The city boasts a long, idyllic coastline, but Tavira’s beaches actually stretch along two islands – Tavira and Cabanas, both of which can be reached by boat across the Ria Formosa estuary. In addition to various restaurants, the island of Tavira features a small stone pine grove with a picnic area – the perfect place to stop for a snack!


However, if you’re really set on doing absolutely niente (nothing in Italian), we suggest booking a few days at Le Moulbot. A paradisiacal ecological reserve only a 14-minute drive from Tavira, it sleeps up to 4 people up in the hills, away from visual and noise pollution. The perfect place for those looking to (re)connect with nature.

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