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Tavira town, Large 2-bed apts, AC, Sat TV, WiFi, 2 Pools, Gym, Tennis, Bistro - Ground Floor Apt 19B, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/6, 90sqm, Shaded Veranda

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking



Ground Floor Apt 19B, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/6, 90sqm, Shaded Veranda

Apt 19B is a large (90sqm), bright, airy ground floor apt beside the smaller pool. Air-conditioned open-plan living/dining area, comprehensively equipped for up to 6 guests. One bedroom with double bed and AC, twin bedroom has ceiling fan. Double sofa-bed in living room; cot, high chair, camp-bed free if requested when booking. One full bathroom, one shower room. 36” LED TV (USB, HDMI, etc). Sat channels include English and D/Ös/CH/Fr/Es/NL; DVD player. Roomy, modern kitchen includes 4-plate hob, oven, toaster, coffee-maker, microwave, jug kettle, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, vacuum, iron + board, etc. Electronic safe FOC. Towels, bed-linen changed, apartment cleaned mid-stay on longer stays. Part-roofed patio off living room with table, chairs, gas BBQ, deck chairs, gated access to the small pool. Access to communal roof terrace with sea view. Own high-speed Internet 'HotSpot' in apt (ADSL 12Mbps, 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
Registration Number : AL1593

Ted Mooney
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 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.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Prices are GB£ weekly for 2 guests except July + Aug when rates are for 4 guests.
Quotes for direct booking with owner in NOK, SEK, DKK, CHF, USD, CAD on request. Angebote in € bzw CHF auf Anfrage füt 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 55 days prior to start, Holiday insurance recommended.
Security Deposit £150.
Book and pay on-line with Owners Direct in GBP
Alternatively, book direct with owner in £, € or other currency. Discount 10% after first week, pay by Bank transfer, Credit card, PayPal.
In-apartment WiFi 'HotSpot' (fast, un limited download) £25 for the first week, then £2 per day.
Check-in from 4pm; Service Charge £15 for 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, driver coordinates Meet & Greet (35 minutes, you pay the driver on arrival).
Long winter lets on request at £580-£800/month (dependent on length of stay). Unserviced but towels, linen, etc supplied. Includes in-apartment WiFi ‘HotSpot’ but utilities extra.


Accommodation and facilities for Ground Floor Apt 19B, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/6, 90sqm, Shaded Verandain Tavira in Tavira

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 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
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , WHB
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , WHB
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Air-con
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Ceiling fan
  • 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:
  • 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
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 £700/€900 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).


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average rating of 4.2 based on 5 reviews

Clean and tidy with good access to local area but a bit dated and not much natural light.

  • 3 of 5

The apartment was clean and tidy with a nice kitchen and comfortable sitting room and dining area plus Good bath and shower rooms.

We felt the apartment didn't reflect the photos seen on the website and the terrace was dominated by some large bushes... although they did provide good privacy.

The development is attractive with a nice sized pool good for length swimming. Well positioned to enjoy Tavira and surrounding areas.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely apartment, spacious and good position. Well equipped and helpful owner!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is in a good location, near a lovely restaurant, a supermarket within a couple of minutes walk and a pleasant walk into town (once along a short section of a main road).

The apartment was very clean. Equipped with a barbecue - which we found very handy. We also made good use of the juicer - making fresh grapefruit each day.

It's a good size and near the smaller pool, which is a very peaceful part of the apartments.

We had a welcome package on our arrival, which was very welcome after arriving late in the evening. We were shown around the apartment and the owner was available for any questions we had during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We aim to please and I guess we got it right this time! Many thanks for your positive evaluation.
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Perfect for a family of four!!

  • 5 of 5

I recommend this house. It is well placed to explore the Algarve and especially the area around Tavira. It's very near Tavira but not in the centre which without a car could be a little inconvenient, although there are bus services. There are several supermarkets nearby. The house has everything you could need. It is part of a holiday residence with a reception and two pools. It is efficiently managed and the owner was very ready to answer our questions by email - he was not actually present in Tavira when we stayed but this was not a problem as he was always available when we contacted him.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and your positive evaluation of the apartment and of the complex is much appreciated. While the complex is not in the centre of Tavira, the old town is a leisurely 15 to 20 minute walk which is downhill and a taxi back is typically €4,00. Ted Mooney.
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Very Clean, professional service

  • 4 of 5

Nicely refurbished apt, well maintained and very well equipped,

Never have rented a cleaner apt!

The terrace is rather small but in the shade, out off the wind and has outside curtains for privacy.

Ted was also so kind to leave a nice welcome package, so we didn't have to run to the supermarket immediately on arrival,

In one word: excellent!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked the apartment, we'll make sure to maintain our standards at the level you enjoyed! Ted Mooney.
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Wonderful holiday!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our holiday thank you! The apartment was just perfect, having everything we needed, really spacious and well equipped, perfectly clean and a real home from home for us. Tavira Gardens is a really nice complex with nice pools and good facilities. The bar/restaurant was fine - not gourmet, but perfectly fine for kid-friendly food and snacks. Children's play area was a bit of a disappointment, but to be honest we had no time to go there anyway! So much to do.... Tavira itself was lovely. Not a tacky nightclub in sight! The square and the Roman bridge area was lovely - nice restaurants (particularly Aqua Sol) and bars with quaint little shops for souvenirs and local crafts. Nice walk around the Castle and a good lunch from the restaurant just outside. The beaches were great. We liked Barril Beach (with the little train) - beautiful sand and perfect sea for kids, although restaurants there were quite expensive compared to the rest of Tavira, and Cabanas beach was easy to get to, using the little boats. We spent a lot of time chilling by the pool in the complex, and then a couple of days going to the beaches and then visiting Tavira. The 10 days went very quickly, and we all felt that we'd like to come back to Tavira again - and that Tavira Gardens would be a great place to come back to as well! Not stupidly expensive like many of the 'packages' you can buy from Travel agents. Only thing I would say - be careful when booking a hire car. We found it very useful whilst we were there, particularly as the walk to Tavira is not particularly easy or scenic, so we felt it easier having the flexibility of driving everywhere - BUT we were charged 100 euros for putting a full tank of petrol in the car when we arrived (we only used a quarter of a tank) - which hadn't been mentioned in the particulars!!! (Guerin hire cars, booked through rentalcars.com) It just said that fuel should be paid for on arrival - we hadn't expected to pay 100 euros for it!!! And of course, no refunds for unused fuel. So that was disappointing. But the rest of the holiday was FABULOUS. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rebecca Many thanks for the nice words! Your comments on the children's play area are noted, we'll take a look at it. Getting ripped off on car hire as you described is, unfortunately, becoming a problem in many airports -- it's always advisable to pick up full and return full! Ted.
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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!