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Spacious Luxury Apartment in Tavira Garden With Very Extensive Private Terraces

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Excellent location in Tavira Garden. 2 Pools, Tennis, Gym, Restaurant, Bars, Free WiFi in Apartment

Tavira Garden is unique. It is generally considered to be the most prestigious complex in the unspoilt Eastern Algarve and is composed of individually designed apartments and villas, set around spacious, mature, beautifully landscaped gardens. The complex has two large pools, two adjoining children’s pools, tennis court, gym, children’s playground and picnic area with brick barbecue. There is a restaurant and bar, with additional outside dining facilities and a poolside bar (open in the high season). Wifi is available (for free) in the apartment as well as in Reception. There is ample parking, and the reception/office is open Monday – Friday (English spoken). The complex is close to the historic town of Tavira, with its cobbled streets and numerous restaurants and cafes, many of which overlook the River Gilao. Golf courses, beaches and the nature reserve of the Rio Formosa are also close by.

Registration Number : 3267/AL

Terry and Di Galvin
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

About Terry and Di Galvin

We now live in Cheshire, having spent a number of years working abroad in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. Terry sold computer systems, and Di was a teacher. We are now semi-retired, running our own training company, which allows us plenty of time to travel.

Terry and Di Galvin purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Terry and Di Galvin chose Tavira

Having travelled extensively, we immediately knew that Tavira is perfect for us - historic, elegant, quaint and unspoilt – a typical Portuguese town with cobbled streets, eighteenth century houses, interesting shops and a wide variety of restaurants and street cafes, some overlooking the river. We love the Eastern Algarve – quite different from the commercialisation and over-development West of Faro, but with lots to do for everyone, whatever their age or interests. Tavira is very convenient, being 30 minutes from Faro airport. Also, the weather is perfect, having a longer season than many Mediterranean resorts.

What makes this apartment unique

We know how important your holiday is to you, so have done everything we can to make your stay as special as possible. Our Information Book gives lots of personal information and advice about the apartment, the complex, Tavira, restaurants, things to do and places to visit. Many further suggestions have been contributed by our Guests.

Tavira Garden is a unique complex with individually designed apartments and villas, some residential, some rented. Its extensive gardens are beautifully maintained . Our apartment is in a perfect position in a quiet cul-de-sac with panoramic views from our two very large terraces. It is our second home so we have spent a great deal of time and care making it as comfortable and well equipped as possible. What sets it apart from most other apartments are the two unusually large private terraces which give you the choice of full sun or breezy shade, throughout the day.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for providing everything needed for a great holiday. We loved your apartment, and appreciated all the effort made. The children said it was their best holiday ever and cried as they didn't want to leave, largely down to Tavira Garden and your apartment. One of the best positions on site, and the 2 terraces are excellent.

Matt & family, Rugby Aug 2012

A wonderful holiday. The apartment was everything we could wish for. Obviously a lot of thought has gone into making it so comfortable and welcoming. Tavira is charming and unspoilt with lots of restaurants. A great place - will thoroughly recommend to our friends. Here’s to the next time!

John and Jenny, Bradford Sep 2011

Wonderful apartment, beautifully and tastefully equipped and decorated. The choice of terraces meant we could opt for sun or shade depending on the time of day. Tavira Garden Bistro was very friendly. Tavira is a real gem, old and new. Thanks for a wonderful week.

Paul & Chris Oct, Suffolk 2010
Dec 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Tavira in Municipality of Tavira

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Check out time can be very flexible if no guests are arriving on that day. Smoking is allowed on the terraces but not in the apartment
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bath; shower; basin; bidet; WC
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Double bed, elegant hand-carved furniture, air-con/heater, ceiling fan,hairdryer, safe. Bedroom 2: Twin beds, air-con/heater,ceiling fan. Both have large, fitted wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedside tables, and open onto a large terrace. Children's games and books. Beach equipment and games. Lounge: Sofa bed sleeps 2
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The apartment is in a perfect position on the complex, being situated in a quiet, mainly residential cul-de-sac. What sets it apart are the two exceptionally large private terraces leading from the lounge and from both bedrooms. All our guests have commented on how much they appreciate being able to choose sun or cool breezy shade, whatever the time of day. The terraces are fully equipped with tables and chairs, sunloungers and sunshades, and a barbecue. The biggest terrace has a large awning. In addition, there is an extensive roof terrace which is shared with two other apartments. The apartment is on the second floor and has open, unobstructed views. The air conditioners also act as heaters, so with additional oil-fillled radiators, the apartment is well equipped for both summer and winter. We regret that pets are not allowed. Please smoke outside on the terraces, not in the apartment. Outside: The complex has two large pools, and two children’s pools. There is an excellent tennis court (the apartment has its own racquets and balls), a well-equipped gym and a children’s playground. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining facilities, a barbecue area, an inside bar and a poolside bar. Some of these facilities have limited opening during the low season. Wifi is available in the restaurant and in reception. Overall, Tavira Garden gives a feeling of relaxed, spacious, leafy lanes with many residential villas and properties as well as rented apartments. There are extensive, well-kept gardens with a wide range of plants and trees which attract a variety of birds including hoopoes. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The apartment is cleaned once a week. Bedding and bathroom towels are changed weekly. If required. additional towels, bedding and cleaning can be arranged for an additional charge. Other: Two exceptionally large, private terraces, with patio furniture and barbecue. Both have unobstructed, open views.


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Spacious Luxury Apartment in Tavira Garden With Very Extensive Private Terraces
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A great apartment, everything that you need for a perfect holiday

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The spacious apartment was clean, quiet and there was everything that you need for a good holiday, aircondition, well equipped kitchen, wifi etc.

Just a short walk to the pool area.

There are two large terraces, plenty of sun at any time of the day.

The location is great, only 15 min walk into the center of Tavira.

We would highly recommend this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great apartment in quiet location.

  • 4 of 5

This really is a great apartment, one we could imagine staying for a month or more. It felt like a home. Balcony furniture could have been better, but the balconies were great and where we started and ended each day. Very peaceful location, but you pay the price from feeling detached from Tavira. Only 20 mins pleasant walk to the centre though and the roads aren't as bad as some reviews make out ... Just the one roundabout you have to pay attention to. Mattresses need upgrading and a couple of bikes would have been great. But I would be happy to return especially for a longer stay. Oh and Tavira is a wonderful town, quiet, pretty and lots of wonderful restaurants. Wi-Fi was spot on. Good, practical kitchen for using all the great produce from the local markets.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for all your comments - we're really pleased you enjoyed your holiday. We spend a lot of time in our apartment (it's our second home), and hadn't noticed any problem with the mattress. However, a comfy bed is really important so we will replace the double mattress. The single mattresses are quite new, but we'll check them out.
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Beautiful well equipped property in a well maintained complex with good cafe and pool.

  • 4 of 5

Overall, Tavira is quieter than other resorts like Albufeira in The Algarve but this is the whole charm of it.. fabulous beach's with handy little ferry out, the complex is outside the town and a car would be handy as we found public transport lacking .. but didn't mind the walk. Plenty of good cafes, restaurants and bars with a more upmarket vibe. Road is very busy so you would need to be able bodied as it's tricky crossing the road . The apartment is beautiful and well equipped with great verandas.. pool just a short walk. Definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delighted and would recommend.

  • 5 of 5

Super apartment. Very clean, comfortable with everything we needed and more. Two balconies, BBQ and patio furniture and lots of extra touches in the apartment. Big swimming pool which we virtually had to ourselves a lot of the time. The owners were great to deal with. The complex is next to a busy road and this is the only way into town so if walking (we were) extra care needs to be taken. But once off the main road and heading into Tavira centre it is very nice to walk around and explore. Lovely cafes, bars, restaurants by the river and around the town. The beach at Tavira Island is very good too. You need to catch the ferry to get there but it is well worth it. We were delighted with our stay and would recommend it if you want to unwind and relax.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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very good home from home

  • 5 of 5

excellent every thing that you needed was there from salt and pepper to a shopping trolley and if you have children with there's beach toys bucket and spade etc loved the two terraces very spacious clean and comfortable apartment no additional charges​ for electric a welcome change nice small super market and bar 5 mins away let your lady shop and you have a beer

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

5 nights .. weather poor so able to appreciate the creature comforts!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
25 Metres
On site. Also Nora Velha Bar 500 m
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Kilometres
Tavira Centre & Quattro Agua
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Benamor. Also Quinta de Ria & Quinta de Cima 8 km
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
25 Metres
On site. Also Nora Velha Restaurant 500m
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Small quiet local beaches + Ihla de Tavira
Car: not necessary


The coastline of Tavira forms part of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, which is renowned for its birdlife and wildlife. The long, sandy beach of Ilha de Tavira is reached by a short ferry ride from Tavira, and Barri beach by miniature railway. There are restaurants and cafes, and sunloungers and umbrellas are available to hire. Lifeguards are present. There are many other quiet beaches to the East of Tavira, stretching towards the Spanish border.


Faro airport is approx 30km away. Taxis are readily available and are metered. The journey by motorway to Tavira Garden takes about 30 minutes and costs around 35 euros. All the major car hire agents are available at the airport, though it is cheaper to book in advance. We can advise you on this. Tavira railway station links with Faro, and other parts of Portugal, and buses serve a wide area, including Spain.


There is a supermarket just a few minutes walk from Tavira Garden, a shopping mall nearby and more shops, cafes and bars about 700 metres away. The town of Tavira is a short walk away. Small fishing villages such as Santa Luzia, Cabanas and Fuzeta are 5 – 10 minute’s drive or a bus or train ride. The villages of the Serra do Caldeirao are a few kilometers north in the hills, among almond and citrus groves.

Further Details:

Elegant, picturesque Tavira is described as the most unspoilt town of the Algarve. It dates back to around 2,000 BC, and is built on both sides of the River Gilao, with its Roman bridge, 18th century houses, a Moorish castle, and historic churches. Tavira has an air of unhurried charm, where you can stroll through the narrow cobbled streets. There are numerous pavement cafes and restaurants, some overlooking the river, some in tree-lined squares, and many scattered around the town.

Fishing is an important industry, and there is a daily market selling beautifully fresh fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and dairy produce. There are large, modern supermarkets, internet cafés, banks with cash points, a tourist office, post office and a wide variety of shops.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 50% deposit is payable at the time of booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before the arrival date. Should the booking be made less than 8 weeks before arrival, the full amount will be payable. In the case of cancellation, the amount payable will depend on whether we manage to re-rent the apartment. 30% is non-refundable; of the remaining 70%, we will refund as much as we recoup with replacement booking. We always advise guests to take out travel insurance.
Payment should be made in pounds.

Changeover Day:
The preferred changeover day is Saturday, but this is very flexible. Where cleaning is necessary between bookings, guests will need to check out by 10.00am and check in after 2.00pm

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week and are inclusive of air conditioning, cleaning and linen. There are no additional charges.
For payment in euros, the Owners Direct exchange rates will apply.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.