Penthouse Apt 16A, Sleeps 4/6, 2 Bedroom; 90sqm, Balcony, Roof Terrace
Apt 16A is a large (90sqm/1000sqft) 2nd floor, full air-con, fully tiled, 2-bed penthouse. Open plan living/dining area, bar counter between dining/kitchen. Large breakfast balcony opens off master bedroom and living room. Large roof terrace a few steps up from apartment offers panoramic views to sea and Algarve hills (equipped with loungers, table, chairs, umbrella, gas BBQ, etc). Sat TV (36” LED with USB, HDMI, DVD, etc; channels include English and D/Ös/CH/Fr/Es/NL), DVD and radio. All facilities cater comfortably for up to six guests. The comprehensively equipped kitchen includes dishwasher, washing machine, drying frame, iron/board. There is a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, double sofa-bed, camp-bed. Towels, linen changed, apt cleaned mid-stay on longer rentals. Travel-cot, highchair available free of charge if requested with booking. Own high-speed Internet 'HotSpot' in apt (ADSL 12Mbps, unlimited download, WiFi router) an option.
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 12Mbps, unlimited download. GB£20 for the first week, thereafter GB£1,50 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.
Top Traveller Review
I'm delighted that you enjoyed your stay and I hope we may welcome you back in the future -- meanwhile we'll continue our efforts to ensure that our guests enjoy their stays.
About the Owner
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.
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.
(6 traveller reviews)
Apartment great but disappointed with the complex
Our apartment was great and we love tavira
We were disappointed with the complex as part of the attraction of tavira gardens was the leisure facilities which we thought would be perfect for our teenage boys
So some specifics
Tennis - we didn't have our own rackets there were none to hire
Sauna not working
Big pool - pool boy seemed determined to stop our sons having any fun
They're no angels but were just throwin a ball about with no other guests about to inconvenience
Lady on main reception less than helpful when my wife Eilidh tried to book a bus trip to Lisbon
So nothing to do with the apartment or location but our stay didn't quite match up to our expectations
Perfect property if like quiet relaxing holiday
The property was perfect for a quiet relaxing holiday with less of a"resort" feel about it. The apartment had everything you could possibly require and Victoria met us on arrival even though it was late in the evening. There was basic essentials for a snack when we arrived which was very much appreciated with 3 tired children in toe.
The pool outside the door made our holiday and depts were perfect for smaller children. We found the main resort pools that bit too deep for our 8,6 and 4 year old. They were all out of their depth even in the small children's pool.
The one thing I would say is you do need a car, especially with children. There is no way they would have walked too and from the water taxi to the beach with all the stuff.
The restaurants in Tavira were all great, we had lovely meals in aquasul(had to book) and baria de rocha (I think). We had One bad experience in the main restaurant near the market stalls. They said the kids would eat for free and we were then charged for them. When I questioned it they said I misunderstood which I did not. They had people outside trying to tempt you in, should have known better.
Tavira gardens was quiet even in August but still had music 2 nights and a bar/snack bar on site which met all basic needs.
This was a nice bright apartment, with lots of space inside and out for 3 adults. 2 pools and a newly taken over bar doing food, not quite the restaurant advertised, but good food reasonably priced. The walk into town was partly along the main road, not so good with a pushchair with no pavements. Visit Villa Real and hop on the ferry to Spain, or go to Faro, more than just an airport. Train travel was really cheap compared with UK. If you dont mind the walk, then go here!
We loved apartment 16a and from the initial booking to the arranged pick-up at the apartment when we left for the airport everything was handled professionally and welcoming. The apartment is indeed as depicted as was the whole complex and we enjoyed it all. The walk to town is 15-20 minutes and most of it in town which by the way is very nice. We loved apartment 16a and from the initial booking to the arranged pick-up at the apartment when we left for the airport everything was handled professionally and welcoming. The apartment is indeed as depicted as was the whole complex and we enjoyed it all. The walk to town is 15-20 minutes and most of it in town which by the way is very nice. We particularly liked the square with the statue of the bishop wich has several nice restaurants - Nagoya sushi was cheap - not outstanding but considering the price really good! Go more for the other dishes than sushi. The indian restaurant next to Ponto do Encontro in the same square was really good!
Booking the apartment was very straightfoward and Ted was quick to respond to any queries we had. 16A is a lovely,bright and spacious apartment within a beautifully kept complex. Gardens and pool area are very well maintained. Reception staff were pleasant and helpful.On arrival Viktoriya showed us around despite the late hour, and also arranged transfer to airport on our last day. We were delighted with our welcome pack (wine,beer, etc) which was much appreciated especially as we had arrived after midnight. Only drawback was that the road into town is very busy with no footpath but as taxis are reasonable this wasn't a big deal. Tavira is a charming, pretty town with plenty of reasonably priced restaurants. The people are really friendly. The beach at Ilha de Tavira was gorgeous! I would definitely recommend Tavira and Tavira Gardens as a holiday destination and hope we can return in the future.
Toller Urlaub in Tavira Garden
Wir haben 16 sch?ne Augusttage 2013 in Tavira Garden verbracht. Die Wohnung 16A ist sehr gro? mit viel Platz f?r eine Familie (wir waren zu viert). Es gibt einen gem?tlichen Wohn-Essbereich und eine komplett ausgestattete K?che, in der alles gepflegt und funktionst?chtig ist. Alle Wohnr?ume sind gut klimatisiert, das haben wir bei ?ber 31?C Au?entemperatur in der Dachwohnung auch ben?tigt. Es gibt einen Balkon am Wohnraum, aber noch toller f?r gem?tliche Abende mit Blick auf den Atlantik ist die gro?e Dachterrasse, die zu dieser Wohnung geh?rt. Es gibt da sogar einen Gas-Grill, Liegest?hle und einen super Sternenhimmel. Vor Ort gibt es eine Ansprechpartnerin, die einmal pro Woche zum W?schewechsel und Saubermachen vorbeikommt und die auch bei Fragen und Problemen erreichbar ist. Ausstattung und Service sind also prima und es ergibt ein Top Preis-Leistungsverh?ltnis!
Die Anlage Tavira Garden ist sehr gepflegt und ruhig, die Poolbereiche sind sch?n und hier haben Kinder viel Platz zum Schwimmen.
Es gibt ein zentrales Cafe - Restaurant mit nettem Personal. Einmal w?chentlich wurde ein BBQ-Abend veranstaltet (war prima!).
Der Weg zum Ort Tavira ist zu Fu? in 15 Minuten gut machbar, es ist allerdings bei der Sommerhitze nicht sch?n zu laufen, besonders mit Kindern. Ein Taxi kostet ca. 5 ?. Wir haben uns letztendlich ein Auto gemietet, damit war der Weg zum Strand einfacher und die Umgebung von Tavira kann man besser entdecken! Der Ort Tavira ist sehr sch?n - viel sch?ner als die ?berlaufenen und lauten Orte der West-Algarve.
Ein super Urlaub also f?r Individual-Urlauber!
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
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.
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!
From the Owner
“Pools, tennis, gym, restaurant on-site.”
- Holiday Complex
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Pool / Spa
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- Outdoor Pool
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- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only ...
- pets considered ...
- wheelchair inaccessible ...
- near the sea
- naturist beach
- water parks
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- gambling casinos
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- mountain biking
- pier fishing
- roller blading
- bay fishing
- surf fishing
- water tubing
- 90 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, WHB. The bathroom is located between the two bedrooms.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Air-con
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Air-con
- Double sofa-bed in livingroom, camp-bed available on request.
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- Water Sports Gear ...
- 6 bicycles
- Pricing for July, August based on party of four, the rest of the year on a party of two; extra charges apply for additional guests. Discount 10% allowed on longer stays after first week (OwnersDirect’s automated calculations don’t allow for this). Travel cot, Highchair free if requested when booking. Fifth, sixth guest use camp-bed/sofa-bed/cot. Electronic wall safe no charge. All utilities (heating, AC, Sat-TV) included in weekly rates. Min stay 3 nights (Final Cleaning £20 extra on stays less than one week). Towels, bed-linen provided (changed and apt cleaned mid-stay for longer stays). Children welcome in apartments and on complex generally. Smoking limited to balconies. Small pet possible (prior consultation essential). Late Arrival Service charge after 8pm £12. Unlike Spain, local time in Portugal is same as UK (and restaurants open for dinner at 7pm rather than 9pm in Spain). Fast, unlimited WiFi 'HotSpot' in apartment (ADSL 12Mbps nominal) GB£20 for the first week, thereafter GB£1,50 per day. Unserviced winter let Oct to April from £450/€600 to approx £600/€800 per month including Internet but water and electricity billed extra monthly at cost. The extensive gardens have a rich variety of flowering trees and shrubs, there is a communal BBQ area. There are two adult pools, each with adjacent children's pool. Loungers, umbrellas are provided at both pools. The on-site bar/bistro offers inexpensive refreshments, snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and poolside service at the main pool. There are two children’s play areas, a fitness room (also massage, sauna, Yoga), tennis court, boules court, etc. The old town with fine street cafes, bars, restaurants is 10-15 min walk (€4,00 taxi). Car, Bike rental available on the complex. Nearby Tavira Island offers 12km of some of the best beaches in the Algarve – and a nudist area! Supermarket 300m, Large shopping mall 800m (hypermarket, cinemas, food court, shops, boutiques, etc).