Anywhere you stay in Tavira you’re a short walk from the train and bus stations and from the pier for the ferries to the beaches. All of the tourist attractions are in the center and the city is quite small, so the location of your hotel is never a major issue. Because the beaches are in the protected Ria Formosa Natural Park, there are no beachfront hotels, but the sand is just minutes away, thanks to the regular ferries. The size of the city also means that it doesn’t have a huge number of places to stay, but there’s a good variety for all budgets. There are no luxurious 5-star hotels but the 4-star properties (such as the Pousada Convento de Tavira, the OZADI Tavira Hotel, the AP Maria Nova Lounge Hotel and Vila Gale Albacora) are quite good and meet the standard of those looking for higher-end accommodation. It doesn’t have the typical backpackers’ hostels either, but there are still plenty of low-cost options, including apartments.
Booking Hotels in Tavira
Tavira is more affordable than other destinations in Algarve, such as Albufeira and Lagos, but prices go up in the summer. If you’re planning to go between July and September, book your accommodation months in advance to guarantee the best rooms at the best prices or to find any availability at all, as everything tends to be fully booked quite early. Remember that rates depend on the season, services and size of the room, and whether breakfast is included (in Portugal it usually is, but always check that when booking). Local authorities are strict, so even budget accommodation is clean and with decent facilities.