Castelo de Tavira

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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,620 contributions
Don’t expect an actual castle. These are only the ruins of a medieval fortress castle and there’s not a lot left other than the walls. Being a fortress, it was of course built at the highest point in Tavira where they could guard against attacks from North African raiders and pirates. Today this means that if you climb the walls, you get excellent views across Tavira as far as the Rio Formosa.
History is a bit fuzzy around the dates but it possibly dates from the 8th century. What you see here now is more likely from the 11th century and it we know that it was re-modelled and reinforced after the Christian crusaders arrived in 1242. 500 years later, it was very badly damaged in the devastating 1755 earthquake, leaving it in its current state of disrepair.
Inside the walls is a very pretty garden with vibrant purple bougainvillea, lavender hedges and showy orange flame vine with its long trumpet flowers.
The steps up to the castle walls are a little dodgy and walking around the battlements is not for the faint hearted. If you’re not good with heights, the old metal railings might not feel entirely safe. The views are definitely worth it though.
The castle is right next door to the Church Santa Maria do Castelo which has a great bell tower (for those not already tired of climbing stairs) and an excellent small museum.
TIP: we kept seeing a chap who stood out the front as if to collect an entry fee. You can safely ignore him as entry is free and he is just chancing his luck that some people will pay him.
Written January 24, 2021
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,994 contributions
It is free to enter the Castelo de Tavira; the gardens are lovely and even in February flowers were in full bloom, it must be lovely in the height of summer when even more flowers are out.There was a busker singing when we visited which added to the visit.
You can climb the steps and walk whats left of the ramparts for great views of Tavira.
There is also a toilet here which is handy to know.
Written March 21, 2020
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Alf R
Sausalito, United States2 contributions
Tavira old town is a must. Great walks through the old city, the tiling on the houses, the doors and the whole feel to the city was just chilled. We had a lovely day out, walking, sitting with local friendly people drinking coffee.
Written March 18, 2022
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK8,520 contributions
This is a very small thirteenth century structure, originally built by the Moors but expanded by the Portugese after the 1242 conquest. To be fair it was free, the walls had lovely views over the city and it felt safe. The interior was actually a garden with lots of planting that totally transformed it from a nondescript pile of old rock into a really special venue. Having seen it, I don't know why this isn't more widely adopted elsewhere. Most castle courtyards or baileys are just empty spaces so a garden both adds interest and makes things more aesthetically pleasing. Sadly there were no benches and no cafe onsite.
Written November 13, 2021
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal20,537 contributions
The Tavira castle was conquered by the Muslims around the year 1240, this by the forces of D. Paio Peres Correia. This region, has had human occupation since prehistory, with vestiges from various eras, such as a section of the Phoenician wall, from the 8th century BC. In the year 1292, King D. Dinis, ordered repairs and reinforcement of the castle's defenses, as well as the construction of the Keep. In the year 1755, the earthquake caused serious damage to the fortification, from which it would never be recovered. Classified as a National Monument, what remains of the medieval castle allows one to understand the various stages of construction of this military structure
Written March 7, 2020
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Lance B
Manchester, UK48 contributions
Visited on New Year's Eve and it was very quiet but a pleasant surprise. As other reviewers have said there is a lovely tranquil garden and graet views from the walls. Only small but well worth the short climb up the hill.
Written January 28, 2020
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mrsmon2016
Leeds, UK328 contributions
A visit to the old town in Tavira is very interesting. You see the ruins of the castle and the lovely garden therr
Written December 25, 2019
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Txhir H
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Wherever you travel around the world, it is always important to understand the history of your destination. Castelo Tavira will enable you to understand the rich and diverse culture of this town. Islamic and Christian culture has carved the journey of Tavira and some of the history will blow your mind. Beautiful gardens and cool castle ruins, don’t just visit the castle make sure you visit the museum for the full story!
Written July 12, 2018
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Alexandre C
Paris, France807 contributions
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There’s no entrance fee to visit it so no excuses!
It is in fact just a ruin of a castle, there’s not much left in fact but you do have some nice views of the city and it’s surroundings.
Written February 4, 2021
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Nuno Domingues
33 contributions
The castle is free entrance but is in a bad condition.
Sure deserves a visit with family and friends to see the gardens and the view.
A price could be applied and still be worthy.
Written September 13, 2020
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