Tavira has retained a genuine, authentic, natural spirit. It’s the city of the National Park of Ria Formosa, Tavira Island and of the Gilão river which divides the city into its eastern and western sides. The absence of pollution combined with the proximity of its salt mines attracts flamingoes, spoonbills and many other birds which can be observed in the area’s very extensive sandy beaches. The historical centre is dominated by the Medieval Castle, the magnificent Church of Santa Maria (Tavira boasts 21 churches) and the fabulous Roman Bridge. A perfect place to connect oneself with history and nature.