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Six reasons to visit...Tavira


For a gourmet treat, Vistas restaurant at the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a rather special 19th hole - award-winning chef Albano Lourenço produces terrific food in the stylish restaurant at the golf club.

Anyone looking for an authentic Algarve experience should head for Mariscos & Petiscos, located on the waterfront in Cabanas near Tavira. A bright, bustling restaurant which has a loyal following thanks to it serving up the very best seafood - it is worth being brave and trying some of the more unusual offerings which can all be explained to you (and how to eat them) by the staff.


It may not be the epicentre of bars and clubs, but Tavira does have nightlife, with The Meeting Room being a draw for many locals and visitors at the weekend. The nightclub follows the usual club rules of only really being busy after 2am, and hosts parties every Friday and Saturday night, with the odd big name DJ making an appearance in the summer and a good selection of themed parties throughout the year.


The main town of Tavira has a selection of shops on both sides of the river. The small market on the riverside is a great place to drop by to buy some local produce, while for larger shops and chains there is the Tavira Gran Plaza shopping centre on the outskirts - head upstairs to the food area for some spectacular views in between shopping.


Golf courses in the area are rated as some of the best in the region, with Benamor being one that is loved by golfers of all levels thanks to its easy-to-play format and short par 4s.  Unlike many courses, there are no properties surrounding the course so you are able to appreciate the natural beauty of the local area without interruption.

The Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Monte Rei is a memorable golfing experience, and completing it with a decent score is satisfaction in itself - one not to be missed.


The best way to spend the day with children in the area is to make a beeline for one of the numerous amazing beaches. You can't beat the Famous Five feel of heading out on a boat to access Cabanas beach, and children of all ages will love hopping onto the train down to Praia do Barril.

Alternatively, older children will enjoy exploring the Moorish castle grounds in Tavira, where you are free to climb the ramparts. These places are usually devoid of health and safety measures, which is great, but you do need to keep an eye on any particularly adventurous children!


A luxury villa holiday at Monte Rei is the perfect way to unwind with family and friends. Spacious villas, private pools and fully equipped luxury accommodation, combined with the amenities found within the resort, means you are able to totally relax, with or without a great round of golf as part of the experience.


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