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Camera Obscura

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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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Well worth a visit for 'live' views of Tavira from a disused Water Tower. The viewing point is on a high point in Tavira and an easy walk from central Tavira admiitedly uphill..

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit for 'live' views of Tavira from a disused Water Tower. The viewing point is on a high point in Tavira and an easy walk from central Tavira admiitedly uphill..

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

If you haven't ever seen a camera obscura, take this chance. If you have, take this chance! With Tavira's sunny skies the 360 degree views are magnificent. Sometimes you can see as far as Spain! The tour doesn't last long, but it will leave you with a wonderful memory that is definitely worth the ticket price.

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Camera Obscura gives a unique view of the town of Tavira is real time. It projects the town image without modern technology. It's somewhat interesting but definitely not a must see.

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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Fantastic experience certainly worth a visit , it is very interesting what they have done to this water tower

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Tavira, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

A really unique view of Tavira in real time! Well worth the climb up to the ancient castell. There is even a pleasant snack bar there

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is a quick, almost hurried experience but it doesn't cost that much and gives you a perfect live view of what's going on in town. Older children would also love it - good weather or at least clear visibility is a must.

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Bad Honnef, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Many visitors seem not to realise that the artifact inside an old water tower is an old design from the European Renaissance with the techniques of the "Camera Obscura". Sure you do not need to enter this attraction to see the nice skyline of Tavira, but is fascinating to see the clever technique used by our ancestors with poles and... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

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... More 

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Baarn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

It's a nice tower where you can watch the city on a special way. You go into the elevator and watch there the city.

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I would recommend an early visit for travellers new to Tavira as it gives you a birds eye view of the town and the young lady was very pleasant and knowledgeable.

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Additional Information about Camera Obscura

Address: Address: Calcada Da Galeria 12 | Torre de Tavira, Tavira 8800-306, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 281 322 527
Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Tavira
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 3 - 3

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