“In Tavira, the Algarve is more authentic”, is the title of the newspaper ‘Mundo Português’, written for the Portuguese emigrant community around the world dedicated to the city of Sotavento. The most important points in Tavira are nature, gastronomy, historical center and culture.
The article that can be seen on the internet page begins by remembering that Tavira was “a place of crossing of diverse peoples and cultures”, having gained “influence in the kingdom of Portugal” after the Christian reconquest. The growing prestige allowed the development of a “remarkable constructive and artistic activity, exemplified by the famous school of Renaissance architecture of André Pilarte” and “during the eighteenth century the activity of master Diogo Tavares de Ataíde.”
Still in the cultural scope, the Municipal Museum, installed in 1940 “with a collection constituted mostly by objects of a monumental, numismatic and archaeological nature”. “The exchange of different periods and cultural sensibilities marked the landscape, urban morphology, architecture and art indelibly,” adds the same article, underlining that “the heritage has been able to survive” with “formal quality, harmony and coherence of some Urban spaces, where medieval and Renaissance models converge, with a distinct set of buildings illustrating various times, uses, artistic styles and changing regional “.
At its coast, the article continues, it is more than 18 kilometers long, offering “fine white sand beaches and where the average temperature of sea water is around 22ºC”, among which the beaches of the Island of Tavira , Narrow Terrain, Barrel and Nude Man. And in the Natural Park of the Ria Formosa, there are also the salt marshes, the marshes and the dunes full of biodiversity.
In this trip, conducted by the ‘Mundo Português’, you must not miss a visit to Pego do Inferno, considered as “one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Algarve”, which has as its high point the Pego Miradouro, “where you can admire the great beauty of the fall Of water that delights those who envision it and offers refreshing dives in the summer “. In the article can also be read the legend that gave rise to the name of this place: “many years ago, a cart crashed in the catch, falling the occupants in the lagoon”. The divers were never able to locate them or find the bottom of the lagoon, calling the site of ‘Catch of the Inferno.’
The gastronomy is also important in this trip. If “sea products are the ex-libris of gastronomy in Tavira, especially seafood, octopus, tuna and grilled fish”, we must not forget the mountains and the countryside, “where the kid’s leg in the Oven, hen’s chicken, game, sausages, fresh goat cheese and sheep are part of the gastronomic offer. Of course, you have to taste the sweets made with almond, gila, carob, fig with the puffs of Tavira and still try a brandy of fig tree or rainforest.