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Beautifully Restored Traditional Town House In Centre Of Tavira Old Town

Bedrooms 4
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 30 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet


About the property

Apartment in Central Tavira, Algarve, Portugal - 1 Minute From The River With Shops, Bars and Restaurants all Within 5 Minutes

Tavira Antiqua Doma is the ideal holiday home for those wishing to stay in style and luxury in the very centre of the beautiful and historic coastal town of Tavira, Portugal. The property is a stunningly renovated traditional Portuguese house located on a cobbled street comprising a 4 bedroom and a 2 bedroom apartment. The apartments are luxurious with traditional features, comfortable furniture and internet. Fantastic water scenes, shops and restaurants are within a few minutes' walk. A wide choice of lovely beaches and golf courses can be reached within 15-20 minutes. The property is located one minute from Tavira's river and a bridge providing direct access to the beach ferry, the town's old market square, riverside gardens, fish restaurants and water taxis. The beach ferry service links the town to Tavira Island within about 10 minutes, offering a fabulous 5 km beach of golden sand. Alternatively there is a wide choice of alternative beaches within 10-20 minutes by car.

Martin Ebbs
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Martin Ebbs

I am based in central London in England with a second home in the Isle of Wight and run a business and economic consultancy company.

Martin Ebbs purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Martin Ebbs chose Tavira

I have always been enchanted by the people, tradition and culture of Portugal. I first visited Tavira in 2004 and discovered a hidden treasure - an unspoilt, historic old town full of interesting places, next to fantastic beaches. During my visit, I came across this old but beautifully ornate building in an empty and derelict state and thought, what a waste. Someone needed to restore this to its full glory and bring it back into full regular use. So that became my mission and after dealing with complex bureaucracy and building issues for the next few years I finally brought this concept to reality, making it into two spacious and stylish properties and it is now available for others to enjoy.

What makes this apartment unique

The property is situated right in the centre of the old town about one minute from the river. The apartments are stylishly decorated and furnished, well equipped, spacious and very comfortable. The upper apartment has two terraces and a separate balcony. Everything you need - groceries, shops, restaurants, bars, the beach ferry and evening entertainment is available within 5 minute's walk. It is easy to get to, being only 30 minutes from Faro airport, and with motorway and rail connections. Spain can be reached within 20 minutes. The nearest beach at Ilha da Tavira can be accessed by boat directly from the town centre, taking about 10 minutes. Five other beaches can be reached in 10-20 minutes by car. All beaches are wide with beautiful golden sand and stretch for long distances.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Tavira in Municipality of Tavira

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
Outside: The roof terrace in the 4 bedroom apartment is accessed via a short flight of stairs. It gets the sun all day offers views of the old town over the roof tops and far reaching views towards the sea. There are a table and chairs and sun beds.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

beautiful house everything we asked for and more, in a wonderful st. in tavira.

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing, and location is perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay in a wonderful Portuguese luxury apartment

  • 5 of 5

This is a superb property, which fulfilled our expectations totally. Our party were more than comfortably accommodated, in a large and exceptionally well designed home. We all agreed that we would not hesitate to return.

The town itself is delightful, and has plenty to offer in the way of bars and restaurants. A small supermarket is just minutes walk away, parking easy, and the streets quiet. Perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house, in keeping with traditional Portuguese style.

  • 5 of 5

A great location and we loved our stay, the accommodation is spacious and the beds very comfortable. It was a home from home and being away in December, I did not expect to be able to sit on the roof terrace but as the sun was out for all of our stay we were able to make the most of the terrace.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful week in Tavira

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was very spacious and well equipped and with four double bedrooms and en suite bathrooms our family party of eight were very comfortable there. The position in the centre of the old town meant that we didn't need to hire a car for the week as all the bars and restaurants were so close by. The water taxi to the beach only started on our last day but we took the road train for a tour to familiarize ourselves with the town and enjoyed strolling around the streets and along the river. The weather was beautiful and the roof terrace which was accessed by a steep internal staircase was a real sun trap. We all enjoyed our stay in Tavira.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

La estancia en Tavira ha sido fantástica debido en gran parte a la casa contratada.

Subir a la terraza por la noche es una delicia al igual que estar en los balcones y oir la música en directo de los bares...

Todas las estancias de la casa son tal cual se muestran en las fotografias y el servicio de cambio de toallas y ropa de cama ha sido una gran sorpresa.

Por último mencionar a Emmanuela por su amabilidad y eficacia.

Gracias por hacernos la estancia tan agradable.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


The nearest beach at Ilha da Tavira can be reached via the ferry during the summer from the town centre within about 10 minutes (cost 1.40 euros return), (5 minutes by water taxi). This offers a fabulous 5 km beach of golden sand with lifeguards. Sunbeds and parasols are available to hire in the summer and there is a good choice of bars and restaurants.Alternatively, beaches at Cabanas, Conceicao, Manta Rota, Altura, Bariill and Fuzeta can be reached within 10 minutes by car.


Tavira can be reached from Faro airport by car within 30 minutes on the IP1/A22 motorway. A car is not necessary to get around Tavira, but is recommended if you want to explore the wider area. Cars can be hired at the airport, though pre-booking by internet is less expensive. Taxis from the airport to Tavira are also available. Tavira has good bus and rail services to Faro and coastal towns in the Algarve.


Everything you need - groceries, shops, restaurants and the beach ferry are within 5 minutes walk of the house. Neighbouring towns of Cabanas, Olhao, Fuzeta, Faro and Vila Real are all within 20-30 minutes by car.Tavira is 4 km from the IP1/A22 motorway, so most of the western Algarve can be accessed within aabout 40 minutes, the Spanish border within 20 minutes and Seville in 1 hour 45 minutes. The bus station is 5-6 minutes walk from the house and the station about 15 minutes walk.

Further Details:

There are a variety of local attractions to visit including: Tavira skate park on the east bank just past the railway viaduct; the Camera Obscura offering a 360 degree panoramic view of Tavira from up high; Tavira’s 2000 year old castle, located up the hill past the tourist office, which has gardens and great views across the roof tops from on top of its walls; a number of magnificent historic churches; the Municipal Museum in Palacio de Galeria. The Ria Formosa, stretching from Faro to Tavira is the most extensive lagoon complex in Portugal and offers a range of trails and footpaths, beaches, islands and natural habitats to be explored. Touristic boat tours are available with various circuits such as along the Ria Formosa lagoon, its fishing villages, historic sites and natural habitats. Peco Inferno is a beautiful spot with a waterfall feature and natural pool suitable for swimming - ideal for children. There is a playground for small children next to the Pingo Doce supermarket. Aqua Show water park and Zoo Marine in the western Algarve are a great day out for children. There are many fextival events during the summer months. The Visit Portugal office at Rua da Galeria (tel 281 322 511) can provide further details of the various attractions available in and around the town, local travel options and links to guided tours. Shopping: there is a useful small grocery store 120 metres up the street as you turn right out of the front door. The nearest supermarket to the house is the Pingo Doce , 5 minutes walk away. At Tavira’s food market, open most days of the week, a large variety of fish, meat and vegetables can be purchased at good prices. There are a range of craft and speciality shops in the town particularly around the old market place and on the way up towards the station. The recently opened Gran Plaza on the east side of the town is a major new shopping mall with over 100 shop units, a Continente hypermarket, cinema complex and food court.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £125

Booking Notes:
Please notify us of your interest in the property via the web site. We will then sned you a booking form and ask you to submit this with a 150 euro deposit. The full rental is due eight weeks before your visit. This is non-refundable unless we are able to find an alternative tenant. Once you have completed your stay and returned your keys, your deposit will be retruned to you.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible.

Notes on prices:
Only weekly lets are available during April and from June to October. Shorter stays of a minimum of 4 nights will be considered on request during other months but at the rate of 20% over the equivalent day rate for the week. Lets of 3 or 6 months for each apartment are available from October 2015 to May 2016 at reduced rental prices.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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