Detached Villa in Tavira Town, Eastern Algarve, Portugal. Pool, 4-bed, 3-bath - 4-Bed 3-Bath Pool, Old Town 6-10 Min Walk; Ideal Families; Quiet Panoramic Views
Boa Vista is a large detached villa on an 800sqm lot, 6 to 8 mins walk from the old Roman Bridge which is generally regarded as the centre of Tavira old town, a car is not essential. With a wrap-around marble-tiled terrace at ground floor level and a roof terrace beside the master bedroom, it offers panoramic views of the Algarvean hills, the river and the Roman bridge, the Moorish castle, and out to sea. It easily accommodates eight guests (a cot and a high-chair can be provided for a baby). The pool area has 8 loungers, umbrellas, etc and a child security fence -- and underwater lighting for night-time pleasure. Alfresco dining for eight is provided close to the pool and also on a shaded portion of the terrace beside the kitchen. Tables, chairs, umbrellas are also provided on another section of the terrace off the utility room and on the roof terrace (which also has some loungers). Wi-Fi internet access (120Mbps unlimited download) is included, landline on request. Air-con (included in the rates) is provided in lounge, dining room, both double bedroom and one of the twin bedrooms (the other has a fan). The villa is equipped throughout to a very high standard. A portion of the wrap-around terrace is roofed beside the kitchen - you van eat here protected from the sun or in the air-conditioned dining room or al fresco by the pool.
Quoted rates are based on a party of eight for July and August but on a party of four for the rest of the year when an extra charge of GB£80 applies for each guest in excess of four.
Rentals longer than one week attract a 10% discount on the average daily rate for all days in excess of seven.
Round the corner from the villa (approx 50m) you have a very upmarket gym for those who are foolish enough not to relax when on vacation -- just Google Gymnasium Tavira Facebook.
Cable TV in the living room provides approx 130 channels (including English, French and German). Cable TV is also provided in the dining room, the master bedroom and one of the twin bedrooms.
An informal paperback library (mostly English) is at your disposal -- feel free to exchange your books for ours.
Two pathways behind the villa lead down to the old town. For the young and agile, it's a six minute walk but eight to ten minutes for the relaxed or older folk. Coming back is uphill, many people walk down and take a €4 cab back.
The old town offers a huge variety of restaurants. There are many simple restaurants where dinner (including the house wine) can be had for €10 to €20 per head or you can opt for the stately splendour of the Pousada (the Portuguese equivalent of the Spanish Parador) where the waiters wear dickie bows and the bill can run to €100 per head.
Nearby Ilha da Tavira (Tavira Island) boasts 12km of some of the finest white strands of the Algarve. It's reached by ferry from the old town or there's a cartoon train that runs across a causeway to the island. With 12km of beaches, it's never overcrowded -- and there's even a secluded nudist stretch!
The Camara (Town Council) goes to great lengths to entertain visitors. Fairs, exhibitions, folk music and dancing, aerial displays, balloon races, a film festival -- rarely a day goes by without some event. The municipal market is also well worth a visit -- the variety of fish on offer is truly astonishing.
Tavira is surrounded by the Ria Formosa Nature, one of the "Seven Natural Wonders" of Portugal. Here you can go bird watching, butterfly chasing, horse riding, cycling, wandering, fishing.
Half an hour's drive from Tavira you come to the Guadiana River valley, the border between old enemies Spain and Portugal. The medieval walled towns of the valley are a sight to behold. One way is to take a river cruise from Villa Real do Santo Antonio -- you visit several of the towns (my favourite is Mertola) and lunch en route is included.
The Algarve is a golfer's paradise. There are six or eight courses within half an hour's drive. The nearest course is Benamor at 5km which, even if you don't play golf, is well worth a visit for lunch! For the keen golfer, a temporary membership of a local golfing society can be arranged which offers huge reductions on green fees and inexpensive club hire.
Top Traveller Review
Great location, beautiful villa
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About the Owner
Born in Ireland, I studied electrical engineering and worked for a variety of international companies. I retired in 2003 and today I spend the winter in Tavira and the summer in Dublin. In between I spend a few weeks each year in Uganda as a volunteer.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"Hi Ted, just to say thank you for letting out your lovely Villa Boa Vista in the most beautiful Town of Tavira.
A fabulous holiday was had by all the family!
Thank you for all your help with the booking and arrangements." Sally-ann H, Derby; June 2013.
4.8 based on 13 holidaymaker reviews
Great location, beautiful villa
The villa is in a great location within easy walking distance of the town and its lovely restaurants and bars. The villa itself is very big with everything you could want including a welcome pack of food and drink (as well as alcohol!) toys for the pool and a really well equipped kitchen. It is really well maintained, very clean and well looked after. Ted was really helpful with providing us with local information and I would recommend paddle boarding in Cabanas with Elios - great fun. All in all a fabulous place to stay and I would highly recommend it. I hope we will be visiting again. Thank you so much for the use of your villa - what a lovely place to live in!
What a great residence. Fabulous property, Fabulous location, Fabulous views. Swimming pool was a perfect size and whilst we were there, had a water temperature of around 28 deg C. The view over the town and out to sea is fantastic. It's about a 10 minute amble to the centre of town with all its shops, excellent restaurant's, and music shows of all genres. A 15 minute amble takes you to the ferry or water taxi that takes you to the nearest beach. Do you need a car? Probably, if only to see the surrounding countryside, towns, villages, attractions and other beaches. Otherwise, not really. There is air-conditioning in 3 of the 4 bedrooms and there are 3 bathrooms. All rooms are spacious. There are various terraces on which to sit, one of which is covered if you want a break from the sun. The property was spotlessly clean and everything was in excellent working order. The owner's local representative is there to meet and greet you and takes you around the property to explain what everything is and how it works. Both the number of the owner and his representative are available if needed. I would recommend this property to anyone. Pro's - see the above comments. Cons - absolutely NONE. If you want a quiet relaxing location with the ability to stroll into Town - this is it!
Greate villa, pool and view of Tavira
Greate villa, pool and a perfect view of the town. The owner were so helpfull before arrival with details about the area. The poolservice were excellent.
Excellent family villa
From the moment we arrived we were really impressed with the villa, the welcome, and bits and pieces left for us by the owner, was excellent. The property itself is a good size for 8 people, clean and very well maintained. The kids loved the pool and the town of Tavira itself was a really nice place to holiday. We'll be back.
We are 3 families ( 6 adults 3 children ).The listing is spot on,the owner was helpful throughout,the pool is huge-in use from dawn til midnight. The town is delightful,inexpensive and easily accessible on foot,or by inexpensive and reliable taxi services.Highly recommended
Villa with everything you could want
Boa Vista is a very spacious and clean villa. It is equipped with everything you would need; it’s a real home rather than it having a ‘holiday let’ feel. The air-con is very efficient which provided relief on hot days. We had 3 teenage girls with us, who lived on the beds by the lovely pool, which is a good size and cleaned each week.
We had a car for the whole time, which was useful to go to the supermarket and to get around but we didn’t need it to go into the town. You can walk to Tavira from the villa where you will find a traditional and relaxed town with many restaurants to choose from. Some get very busy but you are able to book tables in advance. Our girls would have preferred more nightlife. The streets are cobbled and it is worth wearing flat shoes. Look out for a gift shop called ‘Casa Das Portas’ which has some unique bits and pieces. From Tavira, it is easy to pop over the border to Spain, where we went for a paella.
It can get very windy at night, so even on hot days you may want a thin shawl for the night time.
The beach is well worth a visit, and we enjoyed getting there by boat. If you drive down past the salt beds to get the boat, look out for the flamingoes. This boat comes back late at night, whereas the last boat to the centre of town is at 7.30/8pm. There are a number of restaurants on the island.
Our 2 weeks at Boa Vista went quickly. We definitely recommend it and would not hesitate to return.
From the Owner
“Location, location and location!”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Tavira is surrounded by the Ria Formosa Nature Park, one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal". This is rich in flora, fauna, lepidoptera, etc for the more academically minded. For those interested in relaxing, it offers horse-riding, cycling, just plain wandering, etc. Tavira itself offers a variety of Roman, Moorish and Crusader sites. In the Guadiana Valley, you find remains going back to Phoenician times. The Guadiana Valley (the border between Spain and Portugal) is 20km/15miles away and has several ancient walled cities well worth exploring; you can take a river-boat cruise up the river from Villa Real do Sto Antonio to visit the walled towns, it stops for lunch en route. In the hinterland the Algarvean hills offer some wonderful scenery and wildlife and an insight into what life was like in this part of the world 100 years ago.
Tavira is on the estuary of the River Gilao. Ilha da Tavira (Tavira Island) boasts some of the best beaches in the Algarve; it is reached by several ferries, by water taxi or (over a causeway) on a "cartoon" train beloved of young and old alike. The white strands of Ilha da Tavira stretch for ~13km (8 miles) and even include a remote nudist beach. There are bars, restaurants, massage facilities, loungers, umbrellas etc on the island at several locations.
The nearest airport is Faro (35km/20miles/35mins) but Seville (2 hours drive, motorway except last 4 miles) sometimes offers an attractive alternative. Jerez and Lisbon also possible but 3 to 4 hours drive. Car is not essential - you are in Tavira town and taxis are plentiful/inexpensive by UK standards (2015 rates €4 in town, Faro airport €50 (5/6 PAX). Car and bicycle hire are available locally. The Algarve boasts excellent and inexpensive regional trains and buses and fast express buses.
Distances from Tavira are as follows: Faro Airport) 35km, 35 mins taxi. Seville 150km/90 mins (Airport 2 hours). Lisbon, Jerez 30km/3 hours. Alcoutim, Mertola 60km, approx 1 hour. Spanish border (no formalities) 25km, 20 mins. A commuter train serves most of the main towns along the Algarve coast at a frequency of approx once per hour. A high speed train runs Faro to Lisbon. Express buses connect Tavira with Huelva, Seville and there are regular buses to the smaller local towns.
Tavira has several major supermarkets such as Contintente, Mini Preço, Pingo Doçe, Lidl, Aldi. The large Tavira Gran Plaza shopping mall offers, hypermarket, boutiques, food hall, cinemas, hair and beauty salons, etc. Restaurants vary from the formal splendour of the luxurious Pousada Convento da Graca (from€50,00 per head) to simple local restaurants where dinner with wine can be had for €10 per head. Banks, ATMs, etc are within 10 mins walk. The area boasts gyms (there is a very upmarket gym at 50m), tennis, scuba diving, microlites, paragliding, horse riding, surfing, cycling, canoeing, bird-watching, hiking, trail biking, etc. During the season (June through September) the Camara (local town council) organises a wide range of entertainments - street theatre, a film festival, exhibitions, fairs, balloon races, concerts, folk music and dancing, etc.
The Guadiana River marks the border between Spain and Portugal. Centuries of conflict have left a series of walled towns along the river valley. Take a boat trip upriver from Villa Real do Santo Antonio (25km/15miles) to view these towns with a stop for lunch en route upriver.
Local entrepreneurs offer fishing (deep sea or inshore), boat rides, sight-seeing tours, horse-and-carriage rides, etc. Express buses connect Tavira with the shopping delights of Lisbon and Seville - the dedicated shopper can go there and back in a day. There is also an express train service to Lisbon. Train and bus fares in Portugal are extremely inexpensive by UK standards. The port of Tavira is still an important fishing centre and the local fish market displays an astonishing variety of seafood on a daily basis. Day-charter sailing can be arranged on a luxurious 42 ft yacht. You can go butterfly-chasing or bird-watching in the Ria Formosa Nature Park, enjoy the 13km of white strands on Ilha da Tavira which boasts bars, cafés, massage, loungers, umbrellas -- even a cartoon train to take you there! Or you can just relax by your own large pool.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest|
26 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest|
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£300|
Prices are shown in GB£.
Discount 10% throughout the year on days in excess of seven.
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Non-refundable deposit 50% payable with reservation.
Balance due 8 weeks (56 days) before rental start; limited refund on cancellation.
Security Deposit paid with Balance £300/€400 (refund normally 100% within 1 week of depart).
Airport transfers on request.
Changeover Day: Flexible.
Check-in 4pm. Check-out 10.30am. Both flexible if overlapping bookings permit.
Notes on prices:
Weekly rates include air-con, WiFi, Sat TV, etc.
Towels, bed-linen, routine cleaning, etc, weekly.
Travel cot and/or high chair free if requested when booking.
Late arrival service charge £20/€30 after 8pm (20h00).
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
- Tourist Attractions
- Air Conditioning ...
- Fireplace ...
- Fitness Room / Equipment ...
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Telephone ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer
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- Coffee Maker
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- Oven ...
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- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
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- DVD Player
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- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- Sauna ...
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only ...
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- live theatre
- naturist beach
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- gambling casinos
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- golf pass optional
- mountain biking
- pier fishing
- roller blading
- bay fishing
- surf fishing
- water tubing
- 200 m²
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, This is a "massage" shower. Twin WHB's.
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, En suite to main bedroom
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, This is the "family" bathroom. Twin WHB's.
- En-suite bathroom (Master bedroom): bath/shower, WC, bidet, hairdryer. Family bathroom: bath/shower, his/her basins, WC, bidet, hairdryer. Shower room (Power/Massage shower): his/her basins, WC, bidet, hairdryer. Poolside shower. Toiletries, toilet paper, etc.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- 2 Double and 2 Twin Bedrooms (Sleeps 8) + Baby cot Master Bedroom: Sat TV, 5'0"x6'6" double bed, en-suite bathroom, air-con Bedroom 2: double bed, air-con, magnificent view. Bedroom 3: two single beds, Sat TV, air-con, magnificent view. Bedroom 4: two single beds, fan. All have bedside lockers/lamps, wardrobe, sliding windows opening onto tiny balcony, etc. Baby cot and High Chair provided.
- Balcony ...
- Bicycles ...
- Boat ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Barbecue ...
- Veranda ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Tennis ...
- Water Sports Gear ...
- List prices are GB£ per week, Discount 10% after first week. Quotes in € on request. Rates are for 8 guests in July, August; otherwise four guests. Air-con, Wi-Fi internet, TV, cleaning, towels, linen, laundry, etc included in rates. Child-security fence at pool. Local area is quite upmarket, relatively quiet and secure. Large selection of novels, and an informal array of pool toys, flotation aids, tennis rackets, basket ball, etc, available for use by guests. Small pets may be accepted but only by prior arrangement. Landline on request. Welcome pack provided free on arrival, includes the basics so you don't have to rush out to the shops first thing. Toilet rolls, soaps, detergents, etc provided. Outside: The 11 x 5m (36x16ft) private pool is screened by high walls. A child-security fence is provided. There are umbrellas and loungers (8), etc, and a large pergola at poolside. An 8-seater table with umbrella allows for al fresco meals on the poolside patio (another 8-place table and chairs is provided on the roofed terrace area off the kitchen). A poolside shower is provided. Eight sliding windows open onto the wrap around terrace on the ground floor. The wrap around terrace has two furnished areas overlooking the pool, one shaded. A postern gate at the rear of the property gives access to two footpaths leading to the centre of the old town (6 to 8 mins depending on age and agility!). For a recent, detailed description of Tavira, Google "New York Times, The other Algarve" -- the villa looks down directly on the bridge in the main photo in this article. Utility Room: Washing machine, drier, iron/ironing board, sink, etc. Detergent provided. Maid service on request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Villa cleaned, Linen/Towels changed each 6-8 days. One Beach towel per guest but you wash. Property manager on call for emergencies. Pool cleaned weekly (and additionally, if necessary). Maid service on request. Other: Large patio close to pool (separated by child-security fence). Pool-side alfresco dining (8-place), 8 loungers, umbrellas, etc. Shaded kitchen tce (gas BBQ, 8-place dining). Furnished roof tce with panoramic views. Furnished tce off utility room.