Tavira Island (Ilha de Tavira), Algarve (2020)

There are many attractions on Tavira Island (Ilha de Tavira)! Magnificent sand that stretches along the natural park of the beautiful ria. Crystal clear, calm waters and a perfect beach for families with children!

TAVIRA ISLAND (ILHA DE TAVIRA)

The beach of Tavira Island is near the bar, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa. There we find a humanized area with holiday homes, a campsite, and some bars and restaurants. The island is located south of Tavira and is 12 kilometers long. It belongs to the natural park of the Ria Formosa and during the high season, it is much sought after by national and foreign tourists.

tavira island ilha de tavira

The beach has a blue flag and is famous for the quality of its surroundings. Those who like to do seabird watching will find the Ria Formosa’s channels a perfect option. It is formed by 4 beaches: Tavira Island beach, Terra Estreita beach, Barril beach, and Homem Nu Nu beach.

The beach, for being quite long (7 kilometers), is always enough for everyone to find a wide and little frequented space. A 5-minute walk is enough to get away from the area where more people gather. The sand has surveillance during the high season.

TAVIRA ISLAND (ILHA DE TAVIRA) MAP


The island of Tavira is only 8 kilometers by car from the center of Tavira. A distance that you can cover in less than 10 minutes (if you drive) to the pier.

It is separated from the island of Cabanas (to the east by the bar of Tavira) and the island of Fuzeta (to the west by the bar of Fuzeta). The current island of Tavira is what remains of the old island, a sand language that linked the bar of Fuzeta to Cacela and that today has two strands of sand. This separation happened in 1926 (when the bar of Tavira was opened).

TAVIRA ISLAND MAP

HOW TO GO TO TAVIRA ISLAND (ILHA DE TAVIRA)?

The connection to the beaches on Tavira Island can be made by boat or with the help of a small tourist train.

BOAT (DEPARTURE FROM TAVIRA CENTRE AND FROM THE 4 WATERS (4 ÁGUAS TOWN))

The connection to the island of Tavira can be made by the Ferry boat. You can use two connections. The first route departs from the center of Tavira. The second option departs from the renovated 4 waters quay (a small town 2 kilometers from the central area of Tavira).

Both routes end at the same quay. After leaving the ferry, you will have to take a 400-meter walk to reach the beach (the route is between pine trees).

FERRY BOAT TAVIRA ISLAND

We suggest you take the boat to the city center as it has a pre-defined schedule (from June to September there are departures every 30 minutes). The crossing takes 20 minutes and the Ria Formosa Natural Park is very pleasant. During the low season, the times are intermittent.

If you choose the 4 waters wharf, know that the crossing only happens when there is sufficient demand.

PRICES

Adult: 1.90 (round trip) | Adult: 1.30 (one way)

Children: 1.30 (round trip)

TRAIN

If you are staying at Pedras Del Rei, you have a train at your disposal that you can use to the pedestrian bridge that connects you to the continent. To know everything about this option consult our article about Barril beach.

WATER TEMPERATURE TAVIRA ISLAND

The temperature of the seawater in this area of the Algarve is almost always higher than in all the other beaches of the country. The temperature varies (usually) between 16 degrees (at the height of winter) and 23 degrees (during summer).

In the graph that follows, the yellow line represents the average of the registers since 1984. The black lines represent the most extreme records (bottom and top).

WATER TEMPERATURE TAVIRA ISLAND

ACCOMMODATION TAVIRA ISLAND

Near the island you will find several accommodation options: hotels, camping (with bungalows) and local accommodation are the options at your disposal. We suggest you to spend some of your time analyzing the following accommodation option.

RIA FORMOSA CAMPING

CAMPING AND BUNGALOWS IN TAVIRA ISLAND

There are 56,000 m2 of the area and 500 trees planted in this magnificent campsite. Very close to the natural park of the Ria Formosa and the beaches of Tavira Island. If you stay here, you can observe a magnificent and unique fauna and flora. Perfect for nature lovers!

The park is open between May and September. It has individual spaces for tents, motorhomes, bungalows (up to 4 or 5 people), and spaces (plots) for mobile homes.

RIA FORMOSA CAMPING

The access to the park is good. If you want more information about these possibilities consult the site of the camping of the ria formosa.

ISLAND HIKES

The coast of Tavira Island connects to two other areas of sand and is perfect for a walk. The beach of the narrow land (a quieter beach because it is less frequented) is about 20 minutes away and has a connection (by ferry) to the village of Santa Luzia.

DOGS ON TAVIRA ISLAND

Dogs are not allowed on the beaches of Tavira Island (as well as almost all the beaches in the country).

Animals are allowed to attend only and only those beaches where this specific permit is clearly displayed. On the other beaches of the country, it is forbidden to take animals (either for walks or to stay there). Violation of this rule leads to a fine of up to 2500 euros.

NATURISM ON THE BEACH OF TAVIRA ISLAND

If you like to do naturism, know that the beach on Tavira Island is very close to a beach called “Praia do Homem Nu”. To get there you should take a GOOD walk that will take you from the beach of the island of Tavira to the beach of the narrow land (praia da terra estreita), then to the beautiful barrel (barril) beach, then to the naturist beach and finally you will find the beach of the naked man (praia do homem nu). Here is the map to guide you!

ACTIVITIES NEAR THE ISLAND OF TAVIRA – RIA FORMOSA

As you know, the island of Tavira is bathed to the north by the Ria Formosa, a natural formation with 18,400 hectares (an extension of 60 km between Ancão and Manta Rota). Ria Formosa has unique characteristics regarding its fauna, flora, and geology. In 1987, it was made official as a protected area and became a natural park or, in other words, a natural habitat for numerous animal and plant species.

ria formosa natural park

If you are planning your visit to the beach on the island of Tavira, you can’t miss out on some of the many activities that Ria Formosa has to offer you. Houseboat rental, boat trips, dolphin watching, seahorse watching, bird watching (waders among many others), sport fishing, sailboat massages and much more. Consult all the options through the site of tours in the ria formosa.

waders observation ria formosa

TAVIRA ISLAND RESTAURANTS

When we recommend restaurants that we don’t know, we do so after conducting a thorough online survey. To “pass our test” restaurants must have an online quote (given by customers) above 4 stars and must also have a minimum of 50 Google comments.

None of the restaurants on the island of Tavira meet the requirements we have defined. For this reason, our suggestions are the same restaurants (near the island) that we suggested in the article we wrote about Barril beach.

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