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Tavira Castle

Tavira Castle, an adventure not to be missed

If you’re walking around Tavira, one thing you can’t miss: the castle and its walls.
The castle is worth a visit, especially because of the view over the town and the surrounding countryside all the way to the sea. You can enjoy the view of the town, the river Gilão and the saltpans in the distance!
The foundations of the defensive system were built during the Muslim rule, between the 8th and 13th century. After the Christian Reconquest, it underwent improvement works ordered by King Dinis (1261-1325), who thus integrated Tavira in his policy of reinforcing the lines of defence of the territory, and the dungeon was erected. In 1640, conservation works were carried out and today it is still possible to admire some sections of the wall, a part of the Alcáçova that maintains its medieval characteristics and the Arch of Misericórdia!
Inside the Plaza de Armas there is also a small garden.
This cultural heritage site is open to the public with free access and can be visited in winter from Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5pm, and on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, from 9am to 5pm. During the summer, you can visit from Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 7pm, and on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, from 10am to 7pm.
Are you in Tavira and don’t know what to see? Start with the castle and get to know the beautiful Tavira.