History & Culture

The Ria Formosa Natural Park stretches from Quinta do Lago along the coast eastwards, and includes the dunes and islands off Tavira. Strictly protected, the park is home to an abundance of wildlife including some rare species, and regularly plays host to flocks of migrating birds. The Natural Park is internationally known for the wealth of its flora and fauna, and attracts thousands of walkers, painters and photographers each year.The Eastern Algarve is also rich in history and culture, as can be seen in the landmarks and architecture around the area.
Tavira itself dates back to the mists of time. The Roman bridge across the River Gilão is still in daily use, and there is ample evidence of the Moorish occupation for half a century, when Tavira was one of the region’s capital cities. Its castle still dominates the hill, and gives views over the unique roofs of the city. Look for the churches, the doorways, the architectural details and you will trace for yourself the colourful past that makes Tavira the treasure it is today.