Leisure activities in the Tavira area
Cinema in Tavira
There is a five screen cinema at the Gran Plaza Shopping Centre in Tavira showing all the latest films in English. You can see what's showing on the Zon lusomundo website
Shopping in Tavira
Tavira has a wide variety of shops in the town and also the large Gran-Plaza Shopping Centre - more than enough shopping for the most avid shopaholics!
Horse Riding in Tavira
'Vô Silvestre' Centre, Vale Caranguejo, 8800 Tavira. Tel: 932 030 021
Nature Walks and Bird watching
There are lots of beautiful places to explore and Tavira is ideal for nature walks and bird watching
Watersports and Beach entertainment on Ilha de Tavira
Xiri Beach bar is the hub for all types of watersports - jetski, wakeboard, kayak, donut's, banana ride, Hidrobeetles and parasailing! On the beach there are volley ball and football courts, and various activities like yoga, tai-chi, salsa dancing, aerobics, body pump and a little more relaxing - massage! They also have concerts and themed parties with DJ's!
Paintballing and climbing in Tavira
The Sports Centre at Rua do Forno,33, 8800 Tavira. Tel: 919 338 226 offers paintballing and also has a climbing wall
Guided tours of Tavira
Tavira is a town full of history, churches and beautiful buildings so if you don't want to miss something join a guided tour of Tavira.
Previous notice is required to visit the Astronomical Observatory at Sitio do Malhão, Santo Estévão. Tel: 281 321 754.
Camera Obscura "Tour of Tavira"
The Torre de Tavira is an old water tower next to Igreja de Santa Maria and the castle and is home to the Camara Obscura which with a clever use of a rotating mirror and magnifying glasses projects a 360 "tour" of Tavira onto a large horizontal screen. On a clear day the "camera" can see up to 30 miles away so you get a full tour of the town and surrounding area. The tour lasts for around 20 minutes and costs around 3.50€. There is a lift as well as the stairs.
Boat trips in Tavira
Explore the waterways of the Ria Formosa Natural Park on a Tavira boat trip with Sequa tours or wander down to the water front where there are numerous water taxis.
Lawn Bowling in Tavira
Tavira has it's very own Tavira County Lawn Bowling Club which is open from 10.30 until dusk (Monday to Saturday) and from 2pm until dusk on Sundays.
Tavira has several golf courses nearby Benamor Golf, Quinta da ria and Quinta de Cima golf courses and Colina verde golf.
Municipal Swimming Pools
No need to miss out on your daily swim as the Algarve has super leisure facilities including the swimming pool in Tavira (a 25 metre, 8 lane pool) - part of the sports complex at Pavilhão Municipal Dr. Eduardo Mansinho, Tavira.
Monday to Friday 08.00h to 13.00h and 15.00h to 21.00h
Saturday 09.00h to 13.00h and 15.00h to 19.00h; Sunday 09.00h to 13.00h. Closed on public holidays
You will need a swim cap, flipflops for poolside use and lycra style trunks (not beach shorts) for the men and full swimsuit for the ladies.
There are 5 tennis courts next to the Pavilhão Municipal Dr. Eduardo Mansinho, Tavira