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Tavira Historical Centre - Restored Original Portuguese Townhouse, 3 beds

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Excellent Townhouse, Perfect Peaceful Authentic Location, 3 Large Sunny Terraces

Tavira built upon two sides of the river Gilao and spanned by a 7 arch Roman bridge.Often described by many as a well kept secret & one of the most beautiful, unspoilt cities in the Algarve. At the heart of this beautiful city steeped in history and culture, lies our restored original Portuguese townhouse. Centrally located in a quiet residential area, on a safe and authentic working street, with charming friendly neighbours and just minutes easy walking distance to all amenities. Absolutely no car necessary. Fantastic fresh fish restaurants, cafes, historical sights, family attractions, bars, cafes, Roman bridge and a short ferry ride to the unspoilt coveted EEC blue flag awarded superb beach of Ilha de Tavira with its hidden naturist beach, all just minutes away. Oozing charm, but with all modern updates, we invite you to relax in our spacious and comfortable home from home. Renovated to a high standard by sourcing local traditional materials, the house consists of 2 double bedrooms with 2 single beds each, one of which is on the ground floor for those with mobility problems, master bedroom with double bed and veranda doors leading directly onto the terraces, airy comfortable lounge, bathrooms and spacious well equipped kitchen leading directly to outdoor areas. Along with WiFi, AC, satellite with free view to air English & Portuguese TV channels, and heating. Unique to any town centre property are the 3 large sunny private outdoor terraces/BBQ/Al fresco dining areas, enjoying sun and shade throughout the day. Spacious proportions perfect for family gatherings, romantic getaways, ladies get together’s and relaxing holiday breaks. The perfect place to unwind, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the long hot summers, and pleasant winter temperatures. Located just a 30 minute drive from the airport, 25Km from the Spanish border and boasting some of the most fabulous blue flag awarded beaches in Europe, makes Tavira the perfect holiday destination or base for exploring..

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The Owner
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About The Owner

We are a Portuguese husband and English wife team who frequently visited Portugal for holidays. We chose Tavira to settle and raise our family, as not only was it my husbands birth place, but also one of the most beautiful and family orientated places we had ever been to. The children settled and adjusted to life in Portugal immediately and have all been educated locally. My husband is in construction and I am forever finding him little jobs to do. Our Tavira house project started out as one of these little jobs..

Why The Owner chose Tavira

We immediately fell in love with the house. It was in a bad state of repair, but had such great potential and such a unique feel to it. Something that we couldn’t let slip by was the chance to own a part our family culture and heritage and the great opportunity to conserve this for future generations. Just a lick of paint is the phrase I remember using to convince my husband to buy. In reality we replaced everything, all that remained was the original outer thick clay and stone walls and it’s amazing historical location which can never be taken away. The renovation was a joint family effort and has been described by our family and friends as a true labour of love..

What makes this house unique

We consider ourselves to be very priviliged to own a part of the Historical Old Town. During renovation we made the decision not to destroy this unique house by converting it into two separate apartments, but to keep the original size, structure and fabulous outdoor spaces. Renovated to a high standard, yet remaining charming, original, comfortable and quirky with all modern living conditions. We used locally sourced traditional materials like the handmade clay floor tiles and high wooden ceilings. It is a true representation of the unique atmosphere that Tavira still retains. By keeping it’s unique charm we are hopefully capturing the essence of Tavira and its lovely warm & welcoming locals and it is this, along with it’s great central location, that makes our house and Tavira so very special.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tavira in Municipality of Tavira

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please be respectful of the house and surrounding neighbours.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Baby Gate
  • Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Family Bathroom 1 located on the ground floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Perfect for those with mobility problems
    Bathroom 2 to the rear of the property serving outdoor area - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 located on the ground floor - 2 Single Bed , Perfect for those with mobility problems
    Bedroom 2 located on first floor - 2 Single Bed , Accessed from master bedroom with access to terraces
    Master bedroom located on the first floor - 1 Double Bed , With direct access via french doors to all three terraces
  • All bedrooms have air conditioning, are spacious, have comfortable beds and quality bed linen.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Courtyard
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Parasol
  • Veranda ...
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Disco club
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The property is managed by a local Company.


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(25 traveller reviews)

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Tavira Historical Centre - Restored Original Portuguese Townhouse, 3 beds
average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews

Perfect house, location and host

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this charming, full-of-character house, which is exactly as described. The three outside areas, which provide both sun and shade all day long, are a highlight, but the cool, clean, spacious, quirky interior also makes the place special. We had everything we needed for a thoroughly relaxing holiday.

The location is also ideal, being just a few minutes level walk from restaurants, bars, a supermarket and the bustling centre of Tavira. You couldn't really go wrong with any of the restaurants, all serving delicious food at good prices.

The owner Vicky and welcoming host Julie were both super-helpful, Julie being on hand to show us around initially and promptly answer questions throughout our stay. We also found the folks of Tavira to be extremely friendly and welcoming.

Thank you so much Vicky for sharing your house with us. It was perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark, thank you for taking the time write this amazing review. You were great guests and we look forward to welcoming you and your lovely family back anytime.
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A typical Portuguese property. Quite cool indoors. Stairs not too good for the older generation.

  • 4 of 5

Tavira is an excellent place to stay. Good bus and train service to lots of different places. Plenty to visit in Tavira itself. Hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Real Portugal! Unique house that captures Tavira

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Tavira and we couldn't have been more pleased.

This lovely charming and traditional house that immediately felt like home. Located minutes away from all that is happening in this beautiful city, yet surprisingly peaceful and quiet!

Everything is immaculately clean, well maintained and so comfortable.

We were very pleasantly surprised to find such large terraces, as in our well travelled experience, outdoor spaces like this are hard to come by in town centre locations. A real bonus to this charming property in our opinion!

All the spaces are well thought out, well equipped and easily accommodated our party of 6.

The owner has worked hard to maintain the balance between tradition, character and modern, and it works perfectly.

Fantastic restaurants, cafes, Roman Bridge, ferry to the beach and well equipped supermarket with all that you need close by.

Can't fault anything. We had such a wonderful stay and were thrilled to have found this real gem of a house in such a beautiful city. One comment we would add is that the photographs really don't do this lovely house justice!

Thank you for a lovely stay. We have already recommended to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It is always great when we receive such a positive, well written review. A testament to our commitment in offering good quality accommodation and sharing our love of Tavira with our guests. We look forward to accommodating you again soon.
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  • 5 of 5

This is my second visit with partner and our young child. Found the house to be even more inviting than previous visit after having a complete update. The addition of good quality heating/Ac units was very welcome for the cooler nights, as were the new lounges which we were able to make use of throughout the day on one of the large sunny terraces. Well equipped with new appliances, bed linen, towels etc...

Super central location, quiete neighbourhood, and very easy to come and go.

Communication with owner quick, efficient and helpful.

Looking forward to returning soon! Would happily recommend to all.

Thanks for letting me use your super house.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hannah Thank you for your great review, good to hear that you appreciated the recent makeover. You were a lovely guest and are welcome back anytime.
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Amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Town House as 2 couples. We arrived quite late but we're met by the caretakers Wendy and Kev who provided a warm welcome and useful information. The location could not be better for exploring Tavira and the local area. Step outside the door and you are there!! We spend a few wonderful evenings at the bar / restaurant on the opposite corner. A delight. A perfect spot to stay.

The house is very comfortable with generous areas for outside seating. It was very clean and well exquiped. The beds were very very comfy.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lisa, thank you very much for taking the time to give us such a great positive review. You are welcome anytime. Look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Great house, centre of Tavira

  • 5 of 5

Passed recent holidays in Tavira, the most picturesque town with its winding cobbled streets, sidewalk cafes and the best fresh fish restaurants.

Casa Marisol is located in the heart of all of this activity, but remains quiet and peaceful. An authentic, charming restored old traditional house with a modern twist. Clean, well maintained and well equipped. Spacious both inside and out and close to everything that is amazing about Tavira. All in all a great place to stay and look forward to our next stay at this lovely house.

Would definitely be happy to recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great review, absolutely spot on. You are welcome back anytime.
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Faro 30 minutes drive away
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Close to many excellent bars and restaurants
Nearest Ferry
600 Metres
By the riverside
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Benamor in Cabanas, 5 minutes drive away
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Tavira Centre
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Too many too choose from
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Ilha de tavira
Car: not necessary

Always something to do..

Choose from a year round calendar of events.

Enjoy the fun of carnival in February and the religious parade at Easter. Visit nearby restaurants participating in the gastronomy festival in May, or enjoy the popular wine tasting festival in July.

Eat sardines and dance the night away with the locals in June at the celebration of Sao Joao, where the tradition of decorating the town in hand made paper flowers still continues.

Visit the European 'open air' film festival set amongst the magnificent cloisters of the Convento do Carmo in July/August. Enjoy outdoor live music, art and street theatre and free family entertainment at the height of summer.

A visit to the local fresh produce and fish market is a must, as is the monthly gypsy market, where bargains can be found.

Bird watching or cycling the Ecovia route via the most unspoilt nature reserve Ria Formosa Nature Park, where local bird life and flamingos are in abundance. Endangered species such as the chameleon, a reptile that only exists in the south of Portugal, can be found. The Ria Formosa is also known for the breeding of the Portuguese Water Dog.

Shellfish farming is a very economic activity in the tidal flats of the Ria Formosa, as is the informative display of how salt is produced from the local salt pans.

Many championship Golf courses close by. Benamor being the closest and just 5 mins drive. The most exclusive and best course Monte Rei Golf & Country Club a other prestigious courses are all within a 20 minute drive.

Experience the local cafe culture, and soak in the relaxing atmosphere of Tavira with its winding cobbled streets. Watch the world go by and enjoy a long cool drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes. Treat yourself to one of the infamous delicious Pastel de Nata cakes, originating in Lisbon and more recently being celebrated on “Bake off.”

Tavira with its warm, welcoming friendly locals who are representative of the Portuguese. Happy in sharing and celebrating their history, culture and treasures with you..


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tavira, Algarve

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
30 Jun 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
15 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
3 Nov 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Owner ccepts payment in Euros- enquire for equivalent price
Cancellation policy :Strict 60 days before arrival 100% refund. Less than 60 days no refund given. Cancellations will be subject to a £50.00/€50.00 administration charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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