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Air-conditioned 3-bed Apartment in Central Tavira with Great Views and Free Wifi



Updated: 24-Oct-2016
Spacious flat in Tavira (unspoilt eastern Algarve)- 10 minute Walk to restaurants and cafés and 10 minute drive to the coast or the golf course

I'd love to welcome you to my bright and airy apartment. 'O Laranjal' named for the orange grove which it overlooks and the smell from whose blossoms pervade the flat in Spring.

O Laranjal which is fully licensed under the Portuguese Local Lodging system sleeps up to six adults in three bedrooms each with a double bed.

O Laranjal is well supplied with everything you need to make your stay a relaxing one. It has free unlimited and hi-speed wi fi. The flat-screen TV has English, French, German, Spanish and of course Portuguese channels. My bookcase is crammed with paperbacks; mainly in English but some French, Dutch and Russian books too.

There are DVDs too and the apartment has a CD player, a DVD player and there are even board games. The flat has air-conditioning and electronic shutters throughout.

The large kitchen at O Laranjal is well-equipped with electric, oven, microwave, fridge freezer, dish-washer and washing-machine, as well as lots of cooking utensils. There are also a variety of ways for you to make your coffee in the morning so relax and have it on the balcony while enjoying the view and watching the birds. Being a bit of a coffee afficionado myself, I have a Nespresso machine, Cafetières and a drip coffee machine.

O Laranjal is a first floor property which can be accessed by a lift if need be. It is therefore suitable for the less mobile guest and there are even grab rails in the bathrooms. The lift goes up to the roof terrace too. Unfortunately the flat is not suitable for families with toddlers due to the width of the balcony railings.

Unlike many of the holiday apartments in the Tavira area, O Laranjal is on the western edge of the town centre, so everything is easy to reach, either on foot, using public transport or in a car. There is plenty of free parking in the vicinity.

O Laranjal has three balconies and a private section of roof terrace on the third floor, so it is easy to enjoy the magnificent views. On one side it overlooks an orange grove situated in the rump of an old farm, the Quinta do Caracol, on which the block of flats was built. The quinta gives its name to the part of Tavira where the apartment is located. From it's elevated position you can see out to sea from the terrace and two of the three balconies.

The apartment has three double bedrooms the master being en suite and with its own balcony. Each bedroom has plenty of storage space.

The en suite bathrooms has a bath and (shower over it) the other bathroom has a shower.

The kitchen is spacious and opens out onto a terrace with a built in BBQ. A great place to eat or relax with a drink after your busy day swimming, golfing or sightseeing.

The living-dining room is open plan with access to another smaller balcony.

Tavira is a lovely small town in the Eastern Algarve with loads of history. It was first settled by the Phoenecians in the 7th Century B.C., later both the Romans and the Moors arrived.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I currently live and work in York in the UK. In 2014, having found the beautiful town of Tavira in the relatively unspoilt eastern Algarve, I decided to look no further and bring forward my plan of having a second home in Portugal before retirement.

Until recently, work meant that my opportunities to come to Tavira were somewhat limited, but I managed several trips in the last year. I recently took early retirement from my job as a University lecturer and I plan to visit my flat as often as I can. I look forward to relaxing, enjoying the sunshine, strolling by the river and eating out at one of the many restaurants in Tavira and nearby towns. The town is popular with tourists from Portugal and Spain as well as other Europeans so retains a traditional feel.

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Speaks English, French, Portuguese, My spoken Portuguese is still somewhat limited

9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in the apartment. Check-in was easy and the apartment had everything we needed to spend a lovely long weekend in Tavira. Thank you for letting us stay in your home.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superb large apartment nicely situated and just a 10 minute walk from the town centre

  • 5 of 5

Just a quick note to say we have just enjoyed a fantastic week at this quality apartment. It is very large and has been built and fitted out to a high specification. 2 great terraces and we particularly enjoyed relaxing in the hammock off the kitchen one!

Great location, could not have asked for more and would have no hesitation recommending it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your enthusiastic review. I am very glad that you enjoyed your stay at O Laranjal and I look forward to receiving you there again, or indeed any friends you recommend it to. The hammock is great for a doze after a hot and busy day, isn't it?
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O Laranjal A fabulous apartment !

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have just spent a month at this wonderful apt. With it's 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and large, fully equipped kitchen, it meets every possible need. The owner has obviously given a great deal of thought to the comforts of guests and the attention to detail is excellent. A file had been compiled listing restaurants, activities, train and bus timetables, literally everything a guest could require.The apt was immaculate and we immediately felt at home. The location is superb. Tavira train station is just a short walk away yet there is next to no noise from this. It is within 5 minutes walking distance of 2 large supermarkets ( Aldi & Lidl) together with a number of shops and restaurants. The town is approximately a 10 minute walk away. We throughly enjoyed our stay at O Laranjal and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your lovely review of O Laranjal. Other reviewers have made many of the same positive remarks but It is particularly nice to know that my information folder is appreciated. I did put quite alot of effort into putting the info together since, when I'm travelling, I find such information useful but I was unsure whether my guests would bother to use it. I hope that your positive experience means that it won't be long before you make a return trip to O Laranjal.
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Beautiful Apartment in Tavira, Portugal

  • 5 of 5

The Apartment in Tavira was ideal for my needs and was lovely - even better than shown in the description and pictures.

I am a keen Birder and there were site guides and information about birding in the Algarve in the apartment. Also the owner gave me the name of an excellent local Bird Guide called Georg Schreier who I booked for a great day's guided bird watching.

A highlight for me was seeing a good variety of passerines from the Balcony, while having breakfast in the sun (in February!) including Common Waxbill.

There are three good-sized double bedrooms so next time I will come back at a different season and bring some fellow birders with me.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear that you had the birding experience you wanted and that you even saw interesting birds from my balcony. I'll continue to recommend Georg to my clients if they express an interest in birding.
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very good value in a beautiful town

  • 5 of 5

At first we were hesitant because of the location away from the river but we were soon impressed by the size of the flat, the quality of the furnishings, the proximity of the train station (no noise) to enable us to take excursions by train and the overall comfort of the facilities. Wifi and tv worked well, the beds were clean and comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped. A walk to the main square takes ten minutes. You have Lidl and Spar just a few minutes walk away. The only small negative is parking since the outside street is narrow and has few parking places. Those that exist require that you back out into the street and traffic comes at a quick pace making the experience a bit nerve-wracking.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent week in a wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Tavira and we were fortunate enough to stay at O laranjal and what a great choice. The flat was spotlessly clean, really well equipt, spacious and airy. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need and much more with a huge barbecue on the balcony which also had table and chairs and a great view of the orange grove. The wi-fi was fast and the library came in useful for an hour or two relaxing on the balcony of your choice. We were particularly impressed with the good security and easy access of the flat. Beautiful Tavira was just a 5 minute stroll away with its many local restaurants, cafes and bars. The considerate owner had left a file listing recommended restaurants, attractions and activities in Tavira and surrounding area. We would have no reservations whatsoever in recommending this wonderful flat to our friends and colleagues and no hesitation in staying here on our next visit to the algarve.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review. I look forward to having you at O Laranjal again.
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From the Owner

I chose to buy here because I love the town of Tavira with its ready access from the airport, which is important if I’m only here for a few days. Tavira has something for everyone with its lovely architecture, cobbled streets, cafés, great restaurants & nearby beaches, golf courses and nature reserves.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Town centre, during summer, estuary year round at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Ben Amor at 4.5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Tavira (Tavira main station, not Porto Novo) at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A22 Exit 16 at 4.8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Tavira Island at 3 Kilometres Car: not necessary


As detailed in the next section, my apartment O Laranjal, is spacious and modern and is equipped with free hi-speed wi-fi an multi-language TV channels. I also make available, books in 4 languages, DVDs, CDs and games for your enjoyment.


There are three beaches within easy reach of the flat. They sit on two sand bar islands, Isla de Tavira and Isla de Cabanas, which parallel the coast of the eastern Algarve. The Tavira-mar beach on Tavira Island is a blue flag beach reached by ferry or water taxi. There are restaurants and cafés on the island as well as water sports in summer but walk a bit from the ferry stop and you can find seclusion from the crowds. Pria do Barril is on the other end of the island which is 14 km long; this beach is reachable by ferry from the fishing village of Santa Luzia (which is just 3km west of the flat) or by a little train at Pedras del Rei. Further west of Praia do Barril there is a nudist section of beach. Ferries to the other island are from Cabanas a village resort 3-4 km east of Tavira.


Faro airport is 30-40 mins away. The airport in Seville is only a 2 hour bus journey, less in the car.

Car not essential, all amenities within walking distance.


Faro: 40 km; Spain: 40 km.

Easy access to many Algarvian towns and villages east and west via the Algarve railway line and local buses.

Regular ferries to Ayamonte, Spain from Vila Real de Santo Antonio where the Algarve train line terminates.

Further Details:

Ferry to beach: 1.5km (winter 2 km); Beach: 3 km; Nearest restaurant: 500 m; Supermarket: 300 m; Train station: 250 m; Golf: 4.5 km.

Tavira is in the eastern Algarve. Shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars are open pretty much all year. In the winter months it can rain but it rarely lasts more than a few days.

As well as being suitable for golfers and beach lovers, the area is popular with bird watchers. The local salt pans and lagoons of the Ria Formosa nature reserve are well-known haunts for twitchers. Let me know if you need a recommendation for specialist help on this.

In summer time there is an almost daily programme of open air events in the town square, or nearby, most of them completely free of charge.

Even when it’s raining there are things to do in Tavira. The shopping centre the Gran-Plaza (Tavira’s mall) has 5 cinema screens as well as shops.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn half term
21 Oct 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
Christmas-New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
Spring half-term
11 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
Easter Period
7 Apr 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season 1
5 May 2017 - 15 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
High season 1
16 Jun 2017 - 27 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season 2017
28 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2
1 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season 2
2 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £314

Booking Notes:
€350 initial payment to be paid upon reservation.

Final payment due 55 days prior to arrival, or in full if booking within 6 weeks of arrival.

Your reservation of the property is only secured after receipt of relevant payment.

If paying by bank transfer, the returnable breakage and damage deposit of €350 is to be paid to clear no later than 3 days before arrival.It will be refunded via bank transfer, within 7 days of departure, except in exceptional circumstances.

No service fee payable if payment is made by bank transfer. You may make a bank transfer in either Euros or Sterling. If paying in Sterling, the exact amount of the second payment will normally be adjusted depending on prevalent exchange rates.

The apartment is no-smoking except in outside areas.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is usually Friday. We will try to be flexible, especially outside of peak summer periods but this may depend on cleaner availability for a changeover and arrival on a Sunday may not be possible as my key holder does not work on Sundays.

Check-In and Check-Out
Arrival time from 16.00. Departure time 10.00. (unless otherwise agreed). If you may arrive after 11pm, please let me know upon booking.

Notes on prices:
Peak prices are based on full occupancy for a 7 day stay.
During low season, a three-day stay would be approximately 50% of the weekly rate and a five-day stay approximately 75%.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

I chose the property for its elevated position with great views and beautiful light and airy atmosphere . I also wanted easy access to the bars and cafés in the centre of town as well as the beach and to have easy access to public transport to nearby towns when I come without a car. My property is a bright and airy apartment with modern facilities including hi speed broadband and multi-language TV channels enjoying great views out to the sea over a lovely orange grove. It’s a short stroll from the old world charm of historical Tavira. As well as benefiting from being just a 10 minute walk to the castle and the centre of town it has great access to routes out of town and the motorway. A choice of beaches and the nearest golf course are less than fifteen minutes drive away and other Algarve towns and nearby Spain are just as easily reached by public transport. You can book my apartment using alternative payment methods which allows you to avoid paying the OD service charge.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • town


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 130 m²


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, Shower over bath
  • En-suite to Master bedroom with double sinks and vanity unit, bath and shower over, wc and bidet. Hairdryer. 2nd bathroom with 90cm quarter circle walk-in shower, sink with vanity unit and wc. Hairdryer.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed, cheval mirror, built-in wardrobes, armchair, air conditioning/heating, en suite bathroom and balcony with seating. Bedroom 2 with double bed, built-in wardrobes, armchair, air conditioning/heating,. Bedroom 3 with double bed, built-in wardrobes, desk and chair, air conditioning/heating.


  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The apartment is licensed and has been inspected by the local council and is equipped with a smoke alarm, fire extinguisher, fire blanket and first aid kit. (Local lodging license 7161/AL) Outside: 3 balconies, one with BBQ, Private roof terrace with town and sea views. Utility Room: There is no separate utility room but equipment provided includes, cooking utensils, food processor, blender, iron and board, mop & bucket, clothes line & pegs, broom, dust pan & brush, vacuum cleaner. Two mosquito nets and a hammock are also available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels (excluding pool & beach towels) included. Linen change each week included. Final cleaning included. Extra housekeeping can usually be arranged for you upon advance request. Other: Roof terrace. The apartment has an A rating for energy and has electric shutters throughout. Sorry no smoking except on the balconies and roof terrace and no pets unless staying a month+.

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