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Tavira town, Large 2-bed apts, AC, Sat TV, WiFi, 2 Pools, Gym, Tennis, Bistro - Duplex Apt 15A, Sleeps 4 to 6; 2 Bedrooms; 110sqm, Balcony, Sea-view

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking



Duplex Apt 15A, Sleeps 4 to 6; 2 Bedrooms; 110sqm, Balcony, Sea-view

Apartment 15A is a large (110sqm) 2-bed 2-bath duplex with its own front door opening directly off the gardens. Kitchen, Dining are at entrance level, steps lead down to the lounge and up to the bedrooms. It‘s fully tiled with full air-con. Master bedroom en suite, second bathroom beside second (twin) bedroom. Lounge, dining room and kitchen equipped for 6 guests. Double sofa-bed (in dining room); cot, high chair and camp-bed are also available. The kitchen is comprehensively equipped (incl dishwasher, washing machine – dryer in communal launderette). Towels/linen changed, apt cleaned mid stay on longer rentals. Sat TV (channels include English and D/Ös/CH/Fr/Es/NL), DVD and radio. Large, furnished balcony with sea-view off the lounge, gets morning sun, ideal for breakfast. A sturdy safe with an electronic combination (your choice) is provided in the apartment. Own high-speed Internet 'HotSpot' in apt (ADSL 24Mbps, unlimited download, WiFi router) an option.

About the property

Tavira Garden Apartments

The Tavira Garden holiday apartment rental complex is widely regarded as the best of its kind in the Eastern Algarve. The buildings are in the Moorish style and the lush, mature gardens are semi-tropical. There are two pool areas (each with adjacent kids pool, loungers, umbrellas, etc), two kids play areas, tennis, boules court, fitness room (with sauna, machines, massage, Yoga), bar/bistro, communal BBQ, free parking, etc. WiFi Internet is broadcast free of charge at Reception and you can also have a WiFi 'HotSpot' in the apartment as an optional extra (ADSL 24Mbps, unlimited download. GB£25 for the first week, thereafter GB£2 per day). Satellite TV in each apartment includes channels in English, French, German and Spanish. The flat-screen TV's have HDMI connections and DVD players are provided. An informal paperback library (mainly English) is available.

Each of our apartments is air-conditioned and has two bedrooms (one with double bed, one with twin beds). Dishwasher, washing machine and drying frame are provided (you can also use a dryer in the on-site launderette and 19B additionally has a tumble dryer). Bed-linen and towels are provided and changed in mid-stay for longer stays when the apartment is also cleaned. Sleeping capacity is 4 to 6 guests. Cot, camp-bed and/or sofa-bed also available for guests in excess of four. A Welcome Pack is provided on arrival.

Apartment 15A is approx 110sqm (1200sqft). It is fully air-conditioned and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms (the master bedroom is en suite). Entrance is directly from the pedestrianised garden area but the apartment is a duplex. At entrance level you have lobby, kitchen and dining room; steps lead down to the large lounge and up to the bedrooms. 15A has separate dining room and living and a comprehensively equipped kitchen. Lounge and each bedroom are individually air-conditioned. A furnished balcony off the living room has a sea view and gets the morning sun, ideal for breakfast or for relaxing in the shade in the hot afternoons.

Apartment 15E is approx 90sqm (1000sqft). It is fully air-conditioned and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Entrance is directly from the pedestrianised garden area but the apartment is a duplex. At entrance level you have kitchen and dining nook; steps lead down to the large lounge and up to the bedrooms. Lounge and each bedroom are individually air-conditioned. A furnished balcony off the living room has a sea view and gets the morning sun, ideal for breakfast or for relaxing in the shade in the hot afternoons.

Apartment 16A is approx 90sqm (1100sqft). It is fully air-conditioned and has two bedrooms and one bathroom (located between the two bedrooms). The apartment is on the second floor and is an open-plan layout on a single level. You have separate kitchen and dining room, separate by a breakfast bar. There is a large furnished breakfast balcony accessed from both master bedroom and lounge; there is also a furnished roof terrace half a flight up from the apartment – the terrace has loungers, umbrella, table, chairs, gas BBQ, panoramic views to the sea and to the Algarve hills. The apartment is comprehensively equipped for four to six guests. Living area and each bedroom are individually air-conditioned.

Apartment 19B is approx 90sqm (1000sqft). It is a 2-bed 2-bath ground floor apartment on a single level with air-conditioned open-plan living/dining area and a most attractive kitchen. Entrance is from the pedestrianised garden area and the apartment also has a part-shaded veranda with gated access to the small pool – this veranda is furnished (loungers, tables, chairs, etc) and is equipped with a gas BBQ. The double bedroom is air-conditioned and the twin bedroom has a ceiling fan.

The bistro offers an excellent selection of reasonable priced meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and snacks throughout the day. Drinks and snacks are also served in the main pool area and the bistro hosts regular barbecue dinners with live entertainment.

The old town is 10 to 15 minute walk (it’s downhill) or a taxi costs €4,00 (2015). There is a good supermarket at 300m and a large shopping mall (major supermarket, shops, boutiques, cinemas, food court, etc) at 800m. The old town itself is one of the best preserved in the Algarve and many of its cobbled streets are pedestrianised. Street cafes and inexpensive restaurants abound and fish is a specialty. The Town Council organises a busy program of entertainments through the summer – street theatre, folk music and dancing, concerts, fairs, exhibitions, balloon races, air displays, film and culinary festivals, etc.

In 2013, UNESCO recognised Tavira as a Cultural Centre for the Mediterranean Diet which is described by UNESCO as emphasising the values of hospitality, neighbourliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity, and a way of life guided by respect for diversity. The Algarve now joins Spain, Cyprus, Italy, Croatia, Greece and Morocco in this recognition.

The nearby Tavira Island has 12km of the finest white beaches of the Algarve with bars, cafes, restaurants, massage, etc and loungers, umbrellas for hire – move a few hundred yards and have an entire stretch of beach to yourself. The Algarve waters are at their warmest here away from the cold Atlantic currents and winds which are a feature of some of the Western Algarve.

The Spanish border is 25km away and the old walled towns along the Guadiana River (which marks the border) are a big attraction – you can take a cruise up-river with a stop for lunch on the way. Seville, with its Moorish and Crusader grandeur (and its extravagant shopping!) is 150km – 90 minutes by car or there’s an express bus. A commuter train connects Tavira with most of the coastal towns of the Algarve from the Spanish border to Lagos in the west. Local buses run to the towns and villages of the Algarve hinterland.

Tavira is surrounded by the Ria Formosa Nature Park. You can enjoy bird watching, butterfly chasing, horse riding, cycling (or just plain wander). Bicycles, boats, canoes and horses are available for hire. The water slides and golf courses of the Western Algarve are about an hour’s drive away and there are half a dozen excellent golf courses within half an hour’s drive – three within a 10km radius of Tavira.

All four of our apartments are fully licenced under the Alojamento Locale regime as follows:

Apartment 15A = Reg No 8247;

Apartment 15E = Reg No 8245;

Apartment 16A = Reg No 8273;

Apartment 19B = Reg No 1593.

While most of our guests come for a week or two in the summer, we also rent in winter on a monthly basis. For winter rentals, towels and linen are supplied (but no cleaning or laundry) and utilities are billed monthly based on metered usage but without mark-up on the service provider's standard charges. An in-apartment WiFi 'HotSpot' is provided -- this has unlimited download and is fast enough to allow watching TV on line.

More Details

Ted Mooney
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
14 August, 2017

About Ted Mooney

Born in Ireland, I studied electrical engineering and worked for a variety of international companies. I bought a vacation apartment in Tavira Garden in 2001 and today I have four apartments there. I retired in 2003 and today I spend the winter in Tavira and the summer in Dublin. In between I usually spend a few weeks in Uganda as a volunteer.

Ted Mooney purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Ted Mooney chose Tavira region

Unlike many Algarve towns, Tavira remains alive in the winter. Tavira Garden is beautifully laid out in mature gardens and is very conveniently located. Even in high summer, the facilities are never overcrowded.

What makes this apartment unique

Pools, tennis, gym, restaurant on-site.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had two wonderful weeks in Tavira. We really enjoyed the apartment and the charming town." Amundsen family, Norway -- July 2013

Had a great time, lovely apartment, will be back" Carole H, Ireland, June 2013.

"We thank you very much for the days we stayed in your apartment. Everything was in perfect order. We will recommand the place to all our relatives and friends considering to visit Tavira." Paul S, Netherlands, March 2013.
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Booking Notes:
Prices are for on-line booking with OwnersDirect in GB£ for 2 guests except July + Aug when rates are for 4 guests.
Alternatively, book direct with owner in £, € or other currency. Discount 10% after first week, pay by Bank transfer, Credit card, PayPal. Angebote in € bzw CHF auf Anfrage für Direkt-Buchung. Des prix en €, CHF ou Ca$ sur démande pour des réservations directes.
Changeover flexible. Short stays of 3-6 days allowed.
Non-refundable Booking Deposit 50%, Balance 56 days prior to start, Holiday insurance strongly recommended.
100% refundable Security/Breakage Deposit of £150,00 or €150,00.
In-apartment WiFi 'HotSpot' (fast, unlimited download) £25/€25 for the first week, then £2/€2 per day.
Check-in from 4pm; Service Charge £15 for Late Arrival after 8pm. Check-out 10.30am,
Check-in/check-out flexible when overlapping bookings permit.
Taxi transfer Faro airport Euro 50,00 either way (max 6 PAX), driver coordinates Meet & Greet (35 minutes, you pay the driver on arrival).
Long winter lets on request at £600-£800/month (dependent on length of stay). Unserviced but towels, linen, etc supplied. Includes cable TV and in-apartment WiFi ‘HotSpot’ but utilities extra.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Tavira in Tavira

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , WHB
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , WHB
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Air-con, bathroom en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Air-con, beside second bathroom
  • Double sofa-bed in dining room, camp-bed available on request.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Hi Georgina. The apartment is available for July 28 to July 31. There is a 100% refundable Security Deposit of £150 which is already included in the figures quoted by OwnersDirect. This is held and refunded by OwnersDirect. Communal WiFi is available at Reception (but may be a little slow in July, August). An in-apartment WiFi ‘HotSpot’ (ADSL 24Mbps, unlimited download) can be provided at a charge of €25 payable in cash on arrival. A taxi transfer from Faro to Tavira Garden can be arranged on request at a cost of €50 (approx 35 minutes. You pay the driver on arrival, he coordinates Meet & Greet). Note that check-in is normally 16h00 to 20h00 (4pm to 8pm, local time is sames as in UK).


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Duplex Apt 15A, Sleeps 4 to 6; 2 Bedrooms; 110sqm, Balcony, Sea-view
average rating of 4.5 based on 15 reviews

Well kept spacious apartment and great communal pools

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was great for our family of five. Very clean and well kept and the communal pools are well kept and our kids really loved them. Victoria looked after us so well and really helped us out with a lost wallet - absolutely first rate. We had a really great stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic family apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at 15A Tavira Gardens.

Booking was so easy and Ted Mooney was very helpful with all of my queries.

We have 3 children and I asked for the twin room to be laid out in a certain way and when we got there it was done exactly as I had asked. We also got into the apartment early which was so great.

Ted arranged our transfers from the airport and Victor was very nice. In fact we used him throughout our stay.

Victoriya met us at the apartment and showed us around. She was very nice. The apartment was very clean and tidy and Victoriya had put some supplies in the kitchen for us including crackers, cheese, milk, beer and wine. So helpful when we had such an early flight in and tired and hungry children.

The complex itself is nice. We used th children's pool close to the apartment mostly. So handy being so close.

Tavira itself is beautiful. There is a shopping mall close to complex which has a food hall which is great for lunch. The only thing I would do differently is to hire a car as we did spend quite a it on taxis.

Thanks for Ted and his team. I would definitely recommend the apartment and would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well-equipped property in lovely complex

  • 5 of 5

The property was spacious, well-equipped with everything we needed and the air- conditioning was a real bonus, ensuring that we were cool inside even when the temperature got above 35 degrees outside. Tavira Gardens is a nice complex, beautifully kept and with a lovely main pool which we visited every day. A note of thanks to Ted the owner who organised our airport transfers most efficiently. The road outside is busy, but you can walk along it easily. It's not far to walk to the supermarket (brilliantly situated only 7 mins walk away) and once you're off the main road, the walk into Tavira is lovely. Tavira itself is beautiful with great restaurants (particuarly the Abstracto), picturesque streets and a great ice cream shop by the footbridge where the little train stops. We had a lovely holiday and would recommend highly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Reviews like this encourage me to believe that a focus on customer is its own reward!
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Lovely Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

The description of the property was exactly how it was described. The property was clean, well maintained and had everything you could have needed.

Ted was really helpful from the start of the booking process, I would recommend this property to a friend or relative and I would definately go back again.

I liked the location of the property and the lovely restaurants in Tavira. The taxi into Tavira is really cheap if you dont fancy walking into town. The only thing we did not like is the locals all come into the small pool, one day in particular there were about 7 teenagers dive bombing into the pool which spoilt it for young children trying to enjoy the pool.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your very positive comments, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with PortuGolf in Tavira Garden. The local teenagers to whom you refer are a nuisance. We shoo them away regularly but they keep coming back. The large pool area is fully fenced and secure but the small pool area, unfortunately, is rather open. We hope at some point to fence this pool also. Ted Mooney.
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Very Enjoyable Holiday

  • 4 of 5

Excellent property - spacious, clean and with all the necessary facilities. Great contact with owner prior to travel, and will come again

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks yyour kind words! You'll be welcome back anytime! Ted Mooney.
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All mod cons and a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this property very much. The apartment was very comfortable and the air conditioning was great - essential after a hot day, and for a good night's sleep (very comfortable bed!).

The pools were great, with plenty of shade if we needed it, and a nice little bar for a drink, lunch or a simple evening meal.

Tavira town was easily walkable (about 20 minutes) and was buzzing at night. We took the ferry to the beautiful beaches from the town centre. Good supermarket only 5 minutes walk away, open until 9pm every day.

Mr Mooney was very helpful, and answered all our queries very quickly by email. Transfers were arranged to collect us from the airport, and to take us to Seville, where we had a short city break afterwards. We would definitely recommend this property for a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Faro (Seville 150km)
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Tavira Garden
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
800 Metres
Tavira Porta Nova
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
A22 (Faro-Seville)
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Tavira Garden
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Ilha da Tavira (Tavira Island)
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

The Ria Formosa Nature Park surrounds Tavira and is listed as one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal". You can go horse riding, bird watching, cycling, wandering, butterfly collecting, etc. Ilha da Tavira has 12km of some of the finest white sands of the Algarve (and also secluded nudist beach). The Guadiana River valley with its ancient walled towns (and also Roman, Phoenician, Bronze Age and Iron Age remains) is within half an hour's drive. You can drive through the valley or enjoy the sights from one of several cruise boats operating from Vila Real do Santo Antonio and Ayamonte (they stop for lunch on the way upriver). As well as the Roman bridge, Tavira has a wealth of well preserved archaeological sites from Roman, Moorish and Crusader times.

Last but not least, Tavira is now recognised as a “European Centre of Culture” for the Mediterranean Cuisine”.


The best beaches in the area are those of Ilha da Tavira, a sandbar which stretches along the coast off Tavira and which is reached by various ferries or by means of a ‘toy’ train. The island has some 8miles (12km) of white strands (even a remote nudist beach). Ferry or train take 5 to 10 minutes. Bars, restaurants, lounger/umbrella-hire are available on the beaches but you can also walk a few hundred yards and stake out your own uncluttered area.


Nearest airport is Faro (35 mins, taxi €50 for 4/5 PAX 2015). Seville airport (2 hours) can sometimes be a competitive alternative. Lisbon (also fast, inexpensive train connection) or Jerez are 3-4 hours drive. Car rental is optional, many guests opt to do without (or perhaps to rent for a few days to explore the surrounding countryside, go shopping in Seville, etc - you can drop off at Faro airport and save a taxi fare). Or contact us for competitive car rental at airport or in Tavira.


Tavira Garden is 10 mins from the motorway. Seville is a 90 mins drive, Lisbon 3 hours, Lagos (the western tip of the Algarve ~2 hours), Gibraltar ~2 hours. The Guadiana valley is 30 mins away; the old, walled towns of the Guadiana Valley 30-60 min. A commuter train runs the entire Algarve coast, connects in Faro with the high speed service to Lisbon. Express buses connect with Lisbon, Seville, etc; good local bus services to the hinterland. Train and bus are inexpensive by UK standards.

Further Details:

Tavira, a live fishing port, offers fish as a specialty in its many inexpensive restaurants. June to September, the local Camara (Town Council) organises street theatre, folk music and dance sessions, exhibitions, fairs, markets, a film festival, etc. The town abounds in architectural relics of its Roman, Moorish and Crusader history. There are many temptations for the shopaholics – this is a place to be avoided, the more so as express buses offer the opportunity to visit the upmarket shopping areas of Seville while Tavira boasts a large new shopping mall with boutiques, food court, cinemas, etc. Seriously though, Tavira has managed largely to avoid the brash disco bars and lager louts which plague many of the resorts of the Western Algarve. This makes it ideal for family holidays but your teenagers can still let their hair down – there are at least two or three good dance clubs in town!

The Guadiana River marks the border between Spain and Portugal. Centuries of conflict between the two have left a series of walled towns along the river banks. The Guadiana Valley is approx 20 miles (30km) from Tavira but probably the best way to explore the walled towns is to take a leisurely river cruise from Villa Real do Sto Antonio (they stop for lunch en route upriver).

The Ria Formosa Nature park surrounds Tavira. Rich in flora, fauna, lepidoptera, it is ideal for bird-watching, rambling, cycling, horse-riding, etc.

The town council (Camara) provides free WiFi in Tavira’s main square and in some other areas.

ATM's abound in Tavira; drawing cash on British or Irish cards is no problem. Throughout the season, the Camara organises street theatre, folk music, dancing, fairs, exhibitions, a film festival, air displays, ballooning -- Tavira rocks!