2 Bedroom (Sleeps 5) Apartment in Tavira

Luxury Ground Floor Apartment,free unlimited wifi and al Registered No. 6477/AL

At a glance: Child Friendly, Wifi, Air Conditioning, Parking, Garden.

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  • Property Type Apartment
  • Location Tavira
  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 2 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Minimum nights stay4
  • Low season price per week€400
  • High season price per week€900
  • Average price per week€607
  • Customer rating 5.0 / 5 ( 10 reviews )
  • Please contact the owner directly to confirm the price and availability

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Set in manicured gardens - this is an apartment for those who enjoy their comforts while having a peaceful holiday. The complex is small so the large pool area never feels crowded (there are plenty of comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas). The apartment is beautifully furnished in a contemporary style to compliment the cream marble / oak flooring. There is direct access from the apartment to the large landscaped gardens. A group of friends or families can be accommodated due to the flexible nature of the zip and link beds and an extra bed is also available if needed free of charge.There is MEO cable TV and also Netflix installed.We also offer free unlimited wifi.
The apartment has a large fully equipped kitchen, including a regular oven,microwave/combo oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, nespresso machine,coffee maker, washer/drier and fridge freezer.
The living/dining room is large, is air conditioned and has doors leading out to the front patio which is furnished with table and chairs. Doors also lead from the kitchen and dining room to an inner courtyard which also has table and chairs and a gas BBQ, it is a nice cool place to sit when it is very hot and at night with candles it is a lovely place to eat dinner.
A hallway leads down to the 2 bedrooms, the first is usually set up as a twin but can be made into a double if desired. This bedroom has use of the main bathroom opposite it which has an over bath shower, toilet and bidet. The Master bedroom is ensuite it can also be made us as single if required and has a rainmaker shower and toilet. Both bedrooms have air conditioning and have shutters which can be closed at night. They have sliding doors leading to a narrow balcony ideal for a sundowner.

Many people come to the Eastern Algarve to bird watch as the Ria Formosa is the most important birding site in the Algarve. Covering 60km it comprises large areas of dunes and lagoons, channels and islands, saltpans, pools and river mouths. The diversity of habitat in the area means you can spot up to 50 species of birds in a morning from Greater Flamingoes to Eurasin spoonbills to Crested Coots.It is an area of great importance for a wide range of breeding, passage and wintering birds-hence it is a haven for the ornithologist.

There is an observatory located 7km north west of Tavira-Casa De Estudo Para Astronomia (CDEPA) was set up for astronomers and for families and friends to enjoy a visit to one of the best star sites in Europe. It offers a planetarium, Night Observations, Megalithic Astronomy, Introductory courses in Astronomy and Astrophotography. The main telescope is a 20 ins F5 Newtonian and is housed in a sliding roof observatory. Please contact owner for website address

The nearest beach is the Ila de Tavira-you can walk from the apartment to the riverside boat stop in 15 mins and there take the ferry to the beach.The bus station which is a 5 min walk from the apartment runs a bus to Quatro Aguas(QA) where you can also catch the ferry. If you have a car you can drive and there is plenty of parking at QA or you could drive to Pedras del Rei and take the mini train across to the beach at Barilla. There are plenty of restaurants/toilets at both beaches.

Faro airport is 35km from Tavira-it is an easy drive via the A22 motorway and takes between 20-30 mins. If you are not hiring a car it is possible to arrange a private transfer costing approx 70euro return for 1- 4 people -ask for details. It is also possible to fly into Seville airport-from there the drive is 1½ hour all via motorway-it is nice to stay a night in Seville and see the sights and if you have kids visit the fantastic Isla Magica theme park which opens from 1100-2300 in high season.

From the apartment you can walk to the Centre of Tavira in 10 mins along the river Gilao.There are several small fishing villages close to Tavira town-about a ten minute drive away is is the lovely village of Santa Lucia-it is the centre of the octopus fishing industry as seen by the heaps of earthenware pots on the quayside. There are numerous fish restaurants where you can choose from the days catch. The village of Cabanas has a new promenade and a craft fair in August which is worth a visit.

Further Details:
Tavira town has many shops, restaurants and bars to choose from. There is a daily market selling fresh friut, vegetables, meat and fish. There are several supermarkets in the town including Lidl and Aldi. There are restaurants for all tastes and budgets. There is a mini train which gives a tour of the town and can help to get your bearings-it departs from the riverside near the roman bridge.To get a 360 degree view of Tavira you can visit the camera obscura which is located in a disused water tower in the centre of the town-not to be missed it gives a real time view of the town.

For those interested in history there is plenty to keep you busy with a walking tour of the town to see the Roman bridge, the castle and the numerous churches.
If you have children with you a visit to a waterpark is a must and there are several to choose from- Aqua Show, The Big One, Slide and Splash are a few examples-they are all accessed very easily via the A22 in about 30-45mins-it is also possible to take a day trip coach there from Tavira. Zoo Marine is also worth a visit with dolphin and seal shows as well as water rides and 3 swimming pools to cool off in.There is also a beautiful carousel and other fun rides.

Further afield going towards Spain you can visit Vila Real San Antonio-this is a thriving town with an architecturally impressive pedestrian centre laid out like Lisbon's Baixa district. From here you can take boat trips up the Guadiana River.It is the 2nd longest river in Europe at 778km.

The Spanish town of Ayamonte is only 10km away-it can be reached by ferry from Vila Real or via a bridge from Portugal. It has a wonderfully Spanish feel to it and there is a lovely old medieval quarter Portugal. It has a wonderfully Spanish feel to it and there is a lovely old medieval quarter with narrow streets and cobbled plazas lined with trees, restaurants and bars. When you have finished shopping in the wonderful array of shops relax with a glass of wine and some tapas.5 mins drive from town is the Isla Canela beach popular with wind and kite surfers-it is accessed via a bridge from Ayamonte.
Booking Notes:
A non refundable 25% deposit is payable at time of booking and the balance is required 6 weeks prior to arrival. A refundable damage deposit of 200 euro/ £170 is payable to our agent on arrival, with deductions made for any breakages. A cot and high chair can be supplied for €5/day.New in 2015 unlimited wifi included in prices above. The extra Z bed for a fifth person with sheets and towels is supplied free of charge.
For short stays as cleaning and laundry supplement of €70 applies.
Changeover Day:
We are very flexible with regard to changeover day but request that clients vacate the apartment before 10am so it can be made ready for following guests.If there is no one arriving that day it may be possible to have a late departure please enquire.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros. Long term winter let €700/month for Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb and March applies to rentals of 4 weeks min and includes unlimited wifi and the final clean.Utilities are paid at the end of your stay when our manager reads the relevant meters and are charged as per the standard rates the utility companies are charging at the time.Cleaning and linen/towel change can be arranged for you with our manager or you can decide to take care of this yourselves and extra linens/towels will be at your disposal. A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking with the balance due 8 weeks before arrival. A refundable damage deposit of 200 euro/170 pounds sterling is payable on arrival and will be returned before you leave by our management team.

Please note there are steps within the complex and also a very long flight of steps involved in the walk to and from town (unless you take a taxi back! ) so this apartment is not suitable for renters with difficulties with steps.



By Ronan Tumelty on 01-Oct-2018

Stayed at the apartment for the last week in September. It is absolutely lovely - very comfortable, and has every mod con you could ever need. Made lots use of the swimming pool, which was great to cool off in after a day walking around the town or at the beach.

Helen was fantastic in the lead up to the trip, supplying us with recommendations for and directions to restaurants, things to visit and the local supermarkets. This made our lives much easier for the holiday!

The only thing I would say is that for anyone who is mobility impaired, access to the town is difficult, as the main pedestrian access involves a lot of steps. For us that wasn't a problem - working a bit of exercise into our holiday definitely did us good!

10/10, would recommend this apartment to anyone looking to stay in Tavira.

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Only good things to say about it

By Laura Dowling on 19-Aug-2018

We stayed in the apartment in late August. Only good things to say about it. The apartment was very comfortable and had everything you could possibly need. Just outside your door there was a large green area if sunbathing is your thing. The apartment had sun loungers for you to use. The swimming pool was perfect. And never seemed busy even though we were there in high season. It is a quiet group of apartments. The apartment is about 15 minute walk away from the city centre. There are steep steps up to the apartment but only for the last five minutes. Nothing that we couldn?t handle. Tavira itself is a charming old town. We ate in quite a few restaurants. The waiters were lovely but not in any way pushy. We ate in both the Italian and the Portuguese restaurant very close to the apartment and they were lovely. All in all we had a lovely holiday between the apartment and the town.

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Great Apartment that is well equipped and walking distance to town.

By Carine Blanchet on 10-Jun-2018

Great Apartment that is well equipped and walking distance to town.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Really enjoyed our stay at this apartment. It had everything you need (including a beach umbrella and movies for the entire family). It is a short walk to town. Tavira is lovely. Would love to come back. Really appreciated the instructions from the owner on how tod drive from the airport as well as walk to town. Food service option is a plus as well as we arrived on holiday

5 of of 5

Clean apartment

By Karl Otto on 15-Oct-2017

Clean apartment in quiet neighbourhood. The apartment is close to Tavira´s restaurants, yet in a quiet neighbourhood. There are steps to go down to the center and it is only ten min away. We had a one year old with us, and there was no problem carry him in the pram down the stairs. The apartment is fully equipped and has a lot of space. The area around the apartment was very nice. They also helped us to get sheets to the baby cot, even if it was not included.

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Spot on

By Chris Mulcahy on 17-Sep-2017

Very relaxing. Apartment was spot on in every way

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Fabulous Apartment

By Simone Panayi on 31-Aug-2017

Fabulous apartment and pools, walking distance to beautiful Tavira. The management team were great, Denise showed us the way to the apartment and we arrived earlier than usual as the apartment was ready for us, which made for a relaxed start to our visit! The apartment is really well designed and beautifully decorated with art and ornaments. The facilities are excellent too - I think they have everything you would need in the well stocked kitchen and the lots of games, DVDs and even beach toys that our family appreciated! There were also helpful touches such as hand soap and toilet rolls in the bathrooms, and beach towels which were really useful! The property is well managed and lots of useful information is provided. It feels like it is well loved by the Raffertys and we could understand why, it is such a sweet apartment with large well appointed rooms located around a little courtyard, which creates light as well as outside space. In the grounds are the large swimming and paddling pools and lots of green space and beyond these the riverside walk into lovely Tavira. There are a lot of steps or a long winding route down to the river which we just about managed with our toddler (sometimes with the buggy) but this could be too much for older visitors - there is good car parking though! We only stayed for a few nights at the end of our holiday, so it wasn't really long enough - a good excuse to go back! We did manage to eat at D'Gusta (luckily a storm held people off that night, but they wiped down some tables outside after the rare rain shower) and we enjoyed their tapas at this popular and busy restaurant, over the other side of the blue bridge. We took the boat to Tavira beach and our older boys also enjoyed the futsal pitch close to the bus station. We are very appreciative of Helen and the family for letting us stay in this fabulous holiday apartment and to their excellent management team for their help and flexibility. We love Tavira and this is a great apartment, which we hope we get the opportunity to return to!

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Beautiful town

By Michael Bolis on 11-Aug-2016

We just returned from Tavira we discovered thanks to Helen and Kevin. It was perfect through the exchange has many contacts by email throughout the year; Thank you to Helen for his availability and made multitudes of information.
We enjoyed the comfort of their luxury apartment in a quiet residence and very well maintained; our children have especially appreciated the huge hot pool at the foot of the apartment
Tavira is probably the most beautiful and authentic small town in the Algarve; the ideal situation also allows to discover the southern coast of Portugal since the extreme south west is only 1:30; it is also in Tavira we experienced our best culinary moments with excellent restaurants with unbeatable value for money.
In short, miles thank you to Helen and Kevin for giving us this unforgettable holiday

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Fantastic family holiday

By Louise Kirkbride on 24-Sep-2015

A fantastic family holiday. We had a lovely time staying in the apartment and exploring Tavira. Helen was really helpful before we left and the apartment was brilliant for us. It felt like a real treat staying there and the pool and grounds were really well set out for our 2 year old and a 5 year old to happily play. The walk into town was easy, with lots of lovely streets, cafes and restaurants to explore. We didn't hire a car but used the buses and taxis a few times when we wanted to explore further out of town. The boat trip to the beach was a great adventure and it was really helpful to have a beach umbrella and buckets and spades to borrow in the apartment. Thank you so much, we had such a lovely time none of us wanted to come home!!

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Fantastic Stay

By Susan Booth on 15-Sep-2015

We had a fantastic stay in Helen's apartment. Its really well equipped with everything you need for a fantastic holiday, it felt like a real home from home. Really relaxing grounds and good size swimming pool. We love Tavira and enjoyed once again the fabulous beaches and restaurants (all very reasonably priced). It was really hot so the air-con was an essential! Great welcome from the agent too. We would love to return soon! ? 21-Aug-2015

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Second stay

By Inger Kessler on 08-Nov-2014

Very nice apartment. We stayed in this apartment for the second time in the end of October 2014. Last time was 1,5 years ago. Both times we enjoyed our stay very much. We have two young children, so we really like that the area is closed and there’s a nice green lawn in front of the apartment. The pools are nice too, but we mostly spent our time in the beach of Tavira Island (what a beautiful beach!) The old town (which is only a little walk from the apartment) is nice and has some very good restaurants and icecream cafes. The apartment is very well equipped and has everything you may want to use. You can go to have a dinner at the restaurant nearby or you could make your dinner yourself. We used the BBQ and treated ourselves with really delicious lamb steaks from local supermarket Continente. I want to thank the owners for the opportunity to stay there and for very nice welcome present to us and the kids. We felt very welcomed. Also, Lorraine was very helpful with anything we came up with. It is also good to know that Tavira and the surrounding area is really good for bird watching/photography. My husband has got some really good pics there. We will definitely stay there again when coming to back Tavira. And that will probably happen :)

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Children Welcome Smoking Allowed
Refrigerator Hob Oven
Microwave Dishwasher Coffee maker
Toaster Dining seats Dining room
Internet Air conditioning Heating
Linens provided Washing machine Tumble dryer
Parking Living room Hairdryer
Ironing board Television Satellite/cable
Dvds Video library Music library
Games Books Communal pool
Balcony Garden Golf
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