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Situated on beautiful rural land, between orange orchards, just 12 mins to Tavira centre. Enjoy the village feel, while close enough to fully enjoy historic Tavira.

Train station to explore Algarve only 1.3kms from our door!

Our home has both heating-cooling/ample parking/fully equipped kitchen with kitchenware/BBQ perfect 4 families/friends.

Shared complex: Pool with Cabana, Laundry Washer & Wood Oven.

WiFi/Hair Dryer/Straightener/Clothes Iron/Baby Crib are available for your convenience.

The space
Welcome to our warm and comfortable apartment. Fully furnished 1 bedroom, kitchen and 1 bathroom tucked away in the small parish of Luz de Tavira; only a short 12-minute drive from downtown Tavira. The property is secluded but not far from town, situated in between orange orchards. Perfect for enjoying beautiful sunsets by the pool.

The apartment is internet-enabled with WiFi access throughout. You will find an open floor plan, a fully stocked kitchen with bar stools and an outdoor dining table. The kitchen is equipped with all the appliances you may need, including an electric range, Fridge, granite countertops and all the comforts of home, ie. coffee maker, microwave, electric Kettle and toaster. The kitchen is equipped with cookware, bakeware, dishes and utensils. We have tried to stock our kitchen with all the necessities with basics such as salt and pepper and other commonly used spices, olive oil, vinegar. If your cooking style requires something special please bring it!

Shared washer is located by the pool (Washing tablets and iron with board in suite provided) There is a full bathroom with a stand up shower (Hairdryer and straightener provided). Our bedroom features a double sized comfortable bed, personal air conditioning unit with remote control and a TV with local cable. You will have exclusive use of walkout balcony with outdoor dining table and personal BBQ.

Our property includes a salt water pool with cabana, sun loungers and plenty of greenspace. Ample private and gated outdoor parking is available. Shared amenities include the wood fired oven, pool with cabana and laundry washer. Please feel free to enjoy our citrus trees!

Plenty of towels and paper products are on hand. Beds are made and extra pillows and blankets are tucked away in bedroom closets. Shampoo and other toiletries are also provided for your convenience.

Our apartment is colourful and inviting. A Truly Comfortable Home Away From Home.

We would be happy to grant early check-in whenever possible. Alternatively, early luggage drop off can always be facilitated as early as 11:00 am check-in day.

Guest access
Guest will have exclusive use of the suite and adjacent outdoor dining area with BBQ. All other amenities are shared. (wood fired oven, pool with cabana and laundry washer)

Other things to note
CLEANING:
You will find the suite clean on arrival but please let us know if you are not satisfied. After you depart our cleaners will clean for the next guest. If you need a cleaning service more often, please let us know and we will arrange this. An extra payment will apply. On departure it would be helpful if you could leave the house (particularly kitchen contents and BBQ/grill) clean and tidy when you leave. No need for you to perform a full clean!

License number
89092/AL
Situated on beautiful rural land, between orange orchards, just 12 mins to Tavira centre. Enjoy the village feel, while close enough to fully enjoy historic Tavira.

Train station to explore Algarve only 1.3kms from our door!

Our home has both heating-cooling/ample parking/fully equipped kitchen with kitchenware/BBQ perfect 4 families/friends.

Shared complex: Pool with Cabana, Laundry…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 crib

Amenities

Washer
Pool
Air conditioning
Crib
Hair dryer
Wifi
Cable TV
Free parking on premises
Essentials
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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No stairs or steps to enter

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Faro, Portugal

We are located in the little parish of Luz de tavira with less than 4000 inhabitants. Tavira Centre is only a 12-minute drive away. A train stop directly to Tavira Centre is only 1.3km away at Luz station. As with every parish in Portugal, there are large community festivals held every year. Ours at Luz de Tavira occurs in August.

Tavira was founded as long ago as 2000 BC by bronze age civilizations, in the 8th century BC it became one of the first Phoenician settlements in the Iberian West. The old centre of Tavira stands on what was then a peninsula, and the Phoenicians created around it two harbours, temples and massive town walls. It is thought that its original name was Baal Saphon, named after the Phoenician Thunder and Sea god. This name later became the Roman city of Balsa.

In the 17th century, the port on its river was of considerable importance, shipping produce such as salt, dried fish and wine. Following the Great Earthquake of 1755 which was thought to have reached 8.5 - 9.0 on the moment magnitude scale, Tavira was largely reconstructed, hence the graceful eighteenth-century townhouses and mansions that you see today. In the old-town streets on both sides of the river, numerous houses retain fine old doorways with traditional knockers in the shape of hands.

As an important city, Tavira has the services, choices and nightlife of a major city. The city centre is a pleasing place and it’s easy to spend a day or so idling around and drinking coffee in its beautiful cafés. This captivating city is filled Portuguese charm.

Tavira has a charming historic centre, which is a joy to explore, and discover the rich history of the town. This extensive and varied history is reflected in the diverse selection of historical monuments found throughout Tavira. Contained within the old town are over 36 churches and ancient monasteries.

Tavira itself is a picturesque, relaxed, peaceful town, easily explored by foot with everything to hand. You can take your time on the old streets and alleys on either side of the river, pausing for a seafood lunch caught only hours before. There’s a small, active fishing port and a modern market. Only 3km from the coast, Tavira is the launching point for the stunning, unspoilt beaches of Ilha de Tavira. An enticing assortment of restaurants makes it an excellent base for exploring the Algarve’s eastern reaches.

Tavira is ideally positioned so that the whole of the eastern Algarve can be visited as day trips. To the west of Tavira is the historic city of Faro and the fishing port of Olhão. To the east is Vila Real de Santo António and the lively resort of Monte Gordo. All of these towns are connected to Tavira on the national N125 roadway.

Unlike other cities in the Algarve like Faro or Portimão, Tavira has a large permanent population, so most restaurants and cafes also remain open during the winter. Winters here with its absence of rain through most of the season and pleasantly warm weather makes this one of the best places in Europe to play golf during the cold months.

The municipality of Tavira is rich in gastronomic knowledge and flavours.

To taste Tavira’s heritage you could order an estupeta de atum, either as a snack or a starter. This is a fresh tuna salad with tuna flakes, onion, green pepper and tomato, seasoned with olive oil and vinegar, piled on a slice of bread.

A tuna main course is mucuma de atum, which features salt-cured tuna fillets.

Arroz de marisco (seafood rice) and cataplana de marisco (seafood stew), are Algarve classics, all the tastier in Tavira for the surplus of fresh shellfish. And then there’s octopus (polvo), which is caught in large quantities in Tavira and can be deep fried, grilled or cooked in a risotto.

One of the most popular dishes of the Algarve is Cataplana, a hearty rice and seafood stew that is served in a large copper pot and is shared between two people.

While there are plenty of beaches There are not any water or theme parks located close to Tavira. If you are with children in Luz de Tavira, visiting a water park in the outskirts will definitely worth your while.

In the Algarve, there are no less than five water parks: Zoomarine, Splash & Slide, Aqualand, Aquashow and Atlantic Park.

Sites close to home include:

Ilha de Tavira Beaches

Tavira has a pristine coastline of sandy beaches and turquoise sea waters, which extend along the southern side of the Ilha de Tavira. This island has a continuous sandy beach of over 10km. There are three beaches on Ilha de Tavira. The most popular is Praia da Ilha de Tavira located at the eastern end of the island and the closest to the town of Tavira, with the most popular beach, the Praia de Tavira. The beach for this town lies past the salt pans and is reached by a ferryboat. Alternatively, there is a year-round ferry that departs from the jetty (weather permitting) at Quatro Águas, two kilometers east of the town center. In the centre, you’ll find Praia de Estreita, which is a little quieter and has fewer facilities. This beach is more isolated and discrete than the others, meaning you are able to enjoy the quietness of the rousing waves and the sounds of the storks far from the massive crowds that visit Tavira every year. To the west you will find Praia do Barril. Children will enjoy the journey, as after parking up on the shore you board a miniature train. This crosses the dunes and creeks until you arrive at the remnants of an old tuna-fishing community. Their huts and homes are now a beach restaurant and mini museum, while the fishing fleet’s anchors have been planted in the dunes as a monument to the old times. The beaches are separated from the mainland by the waterways of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa and are crossed by regular ferry services. Sun loungers and parasols are spaced thoughtfully apart from the next, and you have a choice of restaurants, many with free Wi-Fi. In the Algarve, lifeguards usually work from July 1st to September 30.

Ria Formosa

Tavira is home to one of the most important wetlands in the world, the Ria Formosa National Park, known for its rich biodiversity with more than 200 bird species that are either permanent residents (purple herons, western swamphens), spend winters here (flamingos) or rest during migrations (spotted redshanks, booted eagles). Visit during the migratory season to see the park teeming with birds from other regions, and keep a watch for the water-dogs, a native species once endangered but now protected by the park. You’ll have more than 17,000 hectares of the landscape to explore. This unique coastal lagoon has an impressive diversity of habitats and landscapes, from barrier-islands, salt marshes, islets, tidal flats, saltpans, dunes, and freshwater lagoons, to agricultural areas and woodlands.

The park incorporates many small fishing communities, and this has ensured the continuation of sustainable fishing using traditional techniques. Found throughout the Ria Formosa are salt flats which produce salt in the most basic method, drying seawater under the intense summer sun.

Santa Luzia
South west of Tavira. Santa Luzia is a small fishing village in the municipality of Tavira. The village specializes in the fishing of octopus and is also known as the octopus capital of the Algarve. You can try octopus in several restaurants in Santa Luzia. In order to catch the octopus, the fishermen use earthenware pots. These octopus traps are bound together with a rope and are left overnight in the sheltered waters of the lagoon and offshore islands. During the night, the octopuses climb into those traps. The earthenware pots are taken out of the water on the following day.

Olhao
West of Tavira. Arrive early at this bustling fishing port to catch the best buys at the sprawling riverfront market - one of the largest and liveliest in the region. Two covered halls, one for fish and seafood, the other selling fruit and vegetables, and you can easily spend an entire morning in the vicinity. On Saturdays, outside stalls line the quay where farmers tout seasonal produce, including jams, honey, nuts, herbs, and spices.

Praia de Cabanas
East of Tavira’s Island there is the Island of Cabanas, a narrow but extensive portion of sand. The beach is located in front of the small fishing town of Cabanas. Because it can get a bit windy this beach is recommended for practicing sports like windsurf or sailing. The access to this beach is done through a short ride on the charming fishing boats.

Roman Bridge
This bridge is known by the inhabitants of Tavira as being from the Roman period, however that sparks great controversy as the bridge suffered a lot of constructions and repairs in the medieval ages and later in the 17th century, which is why some historians are reluctant in stating that it is in fact a Roman bridge. What is true however is its emblematic importance to the city, having witnessed most of its crucial events. There are benches in the niches above the cutwaters where you can appreciate the slow-flowing river and Tavira’s historic townscape. It’s a pedestrian-only crossing and take your time as you go because it's a supreme vantage point for Tavira’s riverside mansions and the Praça da República.

Torre de Tavira
One of the more unusual things to do in Tavira is to take an elevator to the top of the 100-meter-high Torre de Tavira. The town's former water tower now acts as a camera obscura, an optical device that focuses a fascinating 360-degree real time image of the town below onto a huge white disk. As the mirror rotates, so does the panorama, and a tour guide is on hand to point out Tavira's historic landmarks and local points of interest.

Mercado municipal
The main market of Tavira is the mercado municipal (municipal market). Here you can find a great variety of fresh fish, fruits, vegetables and spices. If you are looking for fresh products, come here. Prices are cheap as well. Make sure you go there early, because usually all fish is sold by mid-morning. Located at Avenida Don Manuel I, not too far from the town centre.

Science centre
There is a small science centre in Tavira, called Centro Cienca Viva de Tavira. It has interactive scientific experiments and laboratory spaces. Kids love to explore this place.

The Praça da República
In the center of Tavira and a hub of activity in the city. Many tours and excursions begin at this town square, where you’ll find the Tavira tourism office. Bordering the square is the Town Hall and many restaurants, bars, and shops.

Praça da República is a meeting place for many public gatherings and events. Designed with an amphitheatre and fountains.

Jardim do Coreto is the oldest public park in the town, configured in the 1890s.
The octagonal wrought-iron bandstand that gives the park its name (coreto), was designed in Porto in 1890 and then brought by boat to Tavira.

Castelo de Tavira
Tavira's ruined castle rises high and mighty above the town. Possibly dating back to Neolithic times, the structure was rebuilt by Phoenicians and updated countless times throughout the centuries.

Quatro Águas
The salt pans produce tip-top table salt and attract feeding birds in summer, including flamingos. It's the jumping-off point for ferries to Ilha de Tavira and has a couple of simple seafood restaurants.

Pego do Inferno (waterfall)
About a 10 minute drive from Tavira, you can find a small lake with a waterfall called Pego do Inferno. It is quite hard to find, as it not well signposted. It is off the beaten track, so it is best to wear appropriate footwear. Once you are there, it is a great spot for a swim. You can jump off the rocks and use a swinging rope if you are adventurous. If you have a car and some time, this waterfall is worth a visit.

SUGGESTIONS IF YOU ARRIVE EARLY
Many guests will arrive before the designated check-in time. The good news is that there is plenty to do. We often suggest that guests visit the grocery store and do a small shop. That will give you more time to relax once you've checked in! There are also a few good restaurants for lunch so why not relax and enjoy some of the local food!

Groceries are also only 1 km away at “Supermercado Coviram - Rita”. This is a small supermarket in town. Small but very well stocked including produce, deli and bread.

For a larger supermarket the closest would be “Aldi” in Tavira. Located 6.6 kms from our home.

Gastronomical recommendations:

For breakfast close to our home we would recommend “Pastelaria Assis”. It is located only 1 km away, next door to “Supermercado Coviram - Rita” Popular with the locals offering a small and simle selection of sweets, bread and small bites.

There are several breakfast options available in Tavira city centre as well such as:


Padaria Vila Doce - Located in Santa Luzia. A great place for breakfast or a light meal. They have a great assortment of freshly baked goods and pastries, including regional delicacies such as fine sweets and sweet potato buns. And also snacks like toasts, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, soups and salads. It's very well located, on the main avenue, with parking near by, and has a wonderful terrace, with a nice view over the Ria Formosa.
Pastelaria Tavirense - Centrally located in Tavira. Offers a wide assortment of regional sweets. Popular with locals.

They are endless options for dining in the area but if you are looking for something close try “A Carpintaria”. Located only 1.9 kms from our home. A hidden gem, a family-run restaurant serves delicious fairly priced food.

Another restaurant very close to home is “Frango da Ria” located only 7.5 kms away. The famous Portuguese Piri Piri chicken was invented in the Algarve. This restaurant specialized in this dish and many say they do it the best.

For higher class dining we recommend “A Ver Tavira.” This restaurant is located in the central Tavira. The place to go for a modern take and Algarvian cuisine.
We are located in the little parish of Luz de tavira with less than 4000 inhabitants. Tavira Centre is only a 12-minute drive away. A train stop directly to Tavira Centre is only 1.3km away at Luz station. As w…

Hosted by Maria

Joined in August 2018
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Hi my name is Maria and my husband Joaquim and I are excited to be your hosts! We have spent ample time discovering all the local spots that are worth seeing, visiting, and going back to. We would love to share all the best kept secrets with you! I’ve been a host for a number of years, so have lots of experience welcoming new guests into my home. My priority is to always be readily available and provide as much info and assistance as possible, all the things I value when traveling somewhere new myself. We truly hope you will make amazing memories in our home and this amazing city like we did and can’t wait to hear your stories! We love to travel. Our experience in traveling and living abroad has been distilled into our apartments. All our homes are well designed, comfortable, clean, secure and fully equipped with everything you will need to enjoy your holiday or business trip. We hope to host you soon! Maria and Joaquim
Hi my name is Maria and my husband Joaquim and I are excited to be your hosts! We have spent ample time discovering all the local spots that are worth seeing, visiting, and going b…
During your stay
Guest interaction can be tailored to your needs. My goal is to make sure your stay is unforgettable so you can always contact me via the website as I do not live in the country year-round, my local groundskeeper can assist you if you have any problems that need tending to. Upon your arrival, I can arrange to have someone greet you and show you the property or simply lock the key in a lockbox for your convenience. The choice, of course, is yours.

Even though I am not on-site, I can always be reached. Feel free to contact me at any time during your stay should the unlikely event that a problem arises. I will immediately contact the proper authority to have the problem remedied.
Guest interaction can be tailored to your needs. My goal is to make sure your stay is unforgettable so you can always contact me via the website as I do not live in the country yea…
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Check-in: 2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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