Peter & Julia Jarratt – Portugal (Oct 2015)


Thank you for booking our holiday to Portugal for us, we have a lovely time, Tavira was quite busy around the many bars and restaurants near to Roman bridge, the hotel itself was very relaxing and quiet (we are told this area is how the Algarve used to be in the 60s!). The town is also renowned for its Muslim period archaeology and many mediaeval churches.

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The hotel (Pousada Convento de Tavira) was fabulous, the room was spacious and the staff lovely, polite and helpful. The restaurant was good but a little limited in choice given we were there for a week but plenty of local restaurants to eat out nearby.  The Breakfast bar was excellent with a great choice of fruit, cooked items, croissants, the famous Portuguese custard tarts etc. You could even get Champagne to make a bucks fizz if you were celebrating a special event!

We did a lot of walking (the hotel was just about 10 minutes downhill into the main town) around the area, along the river an beach.  You can walk along a lovely sandy beach here. We took a few boat and train trips including into Spain and the bus to nearby fishing villages around Tavira, which reminded us of parts of the Suffolk coast at home!  The boat to Isle de Tavira is just 15 minutes.  Spain was much more expensive for food and drink than Portugal and we loved the home made ice cream in the street in Tavira! The mercedes which took us on the airport transfer was fabulous, on time and very clean with cheerful drivers.  Weather was generally good though we had a few rainy days (warm rain though!). Would definitely recommend this holiday to anyone looking for a low key, sunny location with a bit of history and culture away from the night life and crowds of the Algarve.