Tavira

Tavira is a beautiful town with a river cutting through it. It’s in the eastern Algarve and feels a world away from the tourist hordes of the usual beach resorts.11150398_10152739047927353_7724253535114584378_n

Between the 8th and 13th centuries Tavira was under Arab rule until its conquest by the Knights of the Order of Santiago in 1242.

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The gracious seven arch bridge, over the river Gilão, was believed to be Roman in origin for a while but is now thought to be Moorish, although its present appearance was acquired in the 17th century.

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There are more than 20 churches in and around the town along with plenty of other sights.

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The Moorish occupation of Tavira between the 8th and 13th centuries left its mark on the agriculture, architecture and culture of the area.

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That Moorish  influence can still be seen in Tavira today with its whitewashed buildings, Moorish style doors and rooftops.

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Above is Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo, is a 13th-century Gothic Church, built on the site of a Moorish mosque but rebuilt by an Italian neoclassicist following earthquake damage 500 years later.

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It’s next to the ruins of Tavira castle where you can make the climb onto the ramparts and enjoy the view across the pretty town.

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It’s a far ole drop down! But the pay off is that from atop the walls views of whitewashed houses stretch into the distance.

11138530_10152739048847353_4817815637755538244_nIt’s a beautiful place to while away a few hours, wandering the little back streets and just soaking up the atmosphere.

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