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Ilha de Tavira

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Ilha de Tavira

Tavira

The beach is located at the easternmost end of Tavira Island, next to Tavira Harbour. Access is by boat, preferentially from the quay at Quatro Águas. The road to the quay runs alongside the River Gilão, where the traditional fishing boats may be sailing or anchored, and the gleaming saltpans, where the black-winged stilt, a bird that looks a bit like a miniature stork, can be seen feeding.

This beach is the part of Tavira Island with the highest concentration of people. There are summer holiday homes here, as well as a campsite and an array of tourist facilities, including bars right on the sands.

You will also find support infrastructures for water sports and boat trips through the Ria Formosa. A small patch of stone pines, where chameleons can be seen, provides some variety in the typical dune landscape of the barrier islands. The warm, calmer waters of the beach on the estuary side of the island are favourites with the children, who also enjoy jumping and diving into the water from the quay.

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Notes: In order to help preserve the dunes, you are asked to use the paths, rather than walking on the dunes themselves. The currents next to the harbour are usually very strong.

Access is by boat, preferentially from the quay at Quatro Águas (regular service) about 2 km from Tavira. Boats also depart from the centre of Tavira. There is plenty of organised parking next to the quay at Quatro Águas. The various support infrastructures include restaurants, WC, information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: south-east.

GPS: 37° 6'38.72"N 7°37'13.03"W

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