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Address: Calcada Da Galeria 12 | Torre de Tavira, Tavira 8800-306, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 281 322 527
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: On the skyline of the pretty Moorish town of Tavira stands a strange...
On the skyline of the pretty Moorish town of Tavira stands a strange construction. A cylindrical form on spindly legs with what appears to be a single eye that slowly turns to observe the town, it's presence like that of an alien spaceship from War of the Worlds. The cylinder however contains a delightful camera obscura, and in the cool darkened space it's revolving lens projects telescopic images of the town below onto a large concave screen. The commentator tells you that from ground level you cannot be seen as you observe the comings and goings of the street below. What fun then, when walking through the town, you become aware of the eye turning to face you and you face it, smile and wave at the surprised tourists inside.
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Definitely a must visit with a very informative guide, built in a old water tower a lift up and walk down if you want. small charge for visit

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Definitely a must visit with a very informative guide, built in a old water tower a lift up and walk down if you want. small charge for visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Unusual tourist attraction. Based in an old water tower you get to see a 360degree view of the town from a series of lenses and mirrors on top of the tower. Great view and great for getting your bearings. The viewings last for about 15 mins. Our guide was very softly spoken with lots of info about the town, but... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The camera obscura is a great way to see Tavira from on high, moving in real-time. It's a fun experience, made funny by the owner and guide, Clive, whose amusing commentary was a highlight. Clive is a polymath - as well as creating the camera obscura, he guides visitors in the six languages he speaks. He's also too modest to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We revisited this year to show someone who had not been before this attraction, at such good value it is daft not to see such a unique perspective of the town. A young portuguese lady was our guide and took all three of us straight to the tower so it was just our party viewing the attraction. She gave a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Stumbled across this by accident and it was great introduction to the sights and history of Tavira. English owner made it very interesting

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is situated near to the church and castle ruins, and from any one of the hills in Tavira is easy to spot. The guide and his partner who ran the shop were very informative. And the actual images that you can see are interesting and interactive, good for kids who want to learn. I would say that once you... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Lovely view - explained by someone with a strong British accent. Interesting to see there are so few of these in operation in England well worth a visit. Friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A really fun way to look at Tavira, brilliant for all ages. Lasts about 15 minutes and a very unique experience.

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Kildare, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

A short 15 minute experience but worth it. Our lovely guide had a playful manner explaining all the attractions in Tavira and it was very cool to see the action in real time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

After reading reviews I suggested the tour to my family ( including 2 teenagers!). The tour guide is very friendly and speaks good English. My "hard to impress" teens were very much impressed with the tour, as was I . It is very cheap too, only €3.50 pp and €3 for a child. It is a must while in Tavira... More 

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