We chose Tavira, Portugal for its perfect geographic location, wedged between our long stay in Lagos, Portugal and an upcoming visit to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Now that it was chosen, what did we really know about Tavira?
We admit to not doing a lot of homework on this destination. Favorable visitors’ comments on tripadvisor led us to reserve 5 nights at a highly rated inn. That was about all. When we arrived by train, we had our fingers crossed, hoping it would be a pleasant stay.
We walked (a lot!) through the old town, weaving down narrow lanes, climbing up cobbled steps. Tavira had more than its share of lovely shops and excellent restaurants. Our first night’s meal was at D’Agusta. The tapas menu was extensive, and it was hard to narrow down our selection so we let the waiter help us. Every dish he brought to the table was filled with flavor. Oh, my! It was so good! In 5 days, we ate in 5 very good restaurants – and not a one was expensive. For a small town, so many excellent restaurants came as a delightful surprise.
We spent a morning visiting the camera obscura and nearby churches. We expected one church to be much the same as the next – but that wasn’t the case.
We climbed up on to the old city walls as well as a bell tower. The views were worth it – as we imagined others standing where we were now, looking out just as we did – but many centuries earlier.
What a joy to have spent 5 days in Tavira! It was the perfect place: charming, scenic, and the food was delicious!