The current structure was actually built in the 17th century but everyone calls it the Roman bridge because of the style of its arches.
It’s the focal point of the town and extremely photogenic.
Take your time strolling across it – you might encounter buskers or artists selling their wares.
There’s very little left of Tavira’s medieval castle, but what's left is definitely worth exploring.
A bit of history about the castle ... the Moors began building the castle between the 10th and 11th centuries. Following the conquest of Tavira by the Order of Saint James, in 1242, work was carried out on the walls during the reigns of Kings D. Afonso (1248-1279) and D. Dinis (1279-1325). In the late Middle Ages, the walls enclosed some 5 hectares, an indication of the town's importance. However, once they were no longer required as a defense structure, they fell into ruin.
Inside the castle walls lies a beautiful garden and you can climb up old stone steps within the walls to get even better views over the city. Just be careful, as there are no railings or safety features for much of the area.
Tavira has 21 churches within the town itself and 37 if you count the outlying parishes.
The church was damaged by the 1755 earthquake and it took a number of years for it to be rebuilt. From an architectural pint of view, it is very plain, an indication of the lack of means in the period following the earthquake. The interior features artwork of several eras, including work from decommission convents and other churches in the city.
Take photos (selfies, usies) in front of beautiful tiles, buildings, gardens, on the bridge. The options are endless.
Watch the sun set from the bridge of one of the local cafes. You won't be able to beat the view.
I was only in Tavira for 2 1/2 days but I had a chance to eat some excellent food.
I had one of the best cheeseburgers I've ever had at Come na Gaveta. The name translates as 'Eat from the Drawer' a nod to the reputation earned by hard working individuals before going out for lunch was a thing. They would eat at their desks with the food in the drawer. If customers came in, they would close the drawer and wait on them.
The burger was made with beef patty, cheese, bacon, cornichons, with a delicious sauce with sweet potato fries.
When I got home I looked up hazelnut foam hoping to find a recipe to replicate. No such luck! So they must have made up the name/recipe.
Tavira is perfect for sitting in a square or riverside cafe for a spot of people watching. There are several cafes with outdoor seating in Praça da Republica.
It's also a great place to take flower photos, if that's your thing. It's definitely my thing.