Tavira, built on either side of the Gilão River, also enjoys one of the Algarve’s
best beaches, the 11-kilometre-long Ilha de Tavira. Getty Images
At the eastern end of southern Portugal’s perma-sunny Algarve region, Tavira has none of the brashness and concrete overdose that afflicts many of the resort towns in the centre. With a proud heritage dating back through Islamic Al-Andalus, the Roman era and Phoenician traders, Tavira has an authenticity that lends historical weight to its good looks.
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