|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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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.
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.
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
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.
Pools, tennis, gym, restaurant on-site.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!