Tavira is a Portuguese city
and municipality, situated in the east of the
Algarve on the south coast of Portugal. It is 28
kilometres (17 miles) east of Faro and 177
kilometres (110 miles) west of Seville in Spain.
The Gilão River meets the Atlantic Ocean in
Tavira. The population in 2011 was 26,167, in an
area of 606.97 km².
The population supports a military base whilst
the surrounding area is still fairly rural and
undeveloped. This is now changing due to the
demands of the tourist industry and opening of
golf courses in the near vicinity.
The beach for this town lies past the salt pans
and is reached by a ferryboat that takes the
visitor to the sand-bar island known as Ilha de
Tavira, part of the Ria Formosa. The island and
beaches can also be reached from the nearby
footbridge in Santa Luzia.