”Tavira pousada pool It only gets really cold in Lisbon for about ten days out of the year (meaning high temperatures below 10C/50F). It was on one of those days in February that I decided to escape to a warmer place. In Portugal, that means Algarve. It didn’t have swim-in-the-ocean temperatures either, but it was definitely warmer and sunnier.

I chose the town of Tavira. The reason was that it is one of the loveliest and calmest in Algarve, and there is a brand new pousada in town. Since my intent was not to sunbathe by the sea, I did not go to its superb sandy beach at Ilha de Tavira. Instead, I wandered around town, had long unhurried meals at its small traditional restaurants, and relaxed in the pousada.

This pousada is built into a former 16th century convent furnished with modern design, and its best feature in my opinion is the pool outside with views over the town and its whitewashed houses (see picture). It is also surrounded by parts of the town’s ancient wall.

”Tavira pousada cloisters As in other historical-design pousadas, meals (including the usual excellent breakfast) is served by the cloisters. The dinner menu consists of regional dishes mixed with international flavors, and there’s even a vegetarian option for the non-carnivorous.

Tavira itself is a great destination in Algarve. It sets itself apart from other towns in the region for its distinctive vernacular architecture, and in the smaller number of crowds. This is not bustling Albufeira. And its beach is also one of the least crowded in Algarve at any time of the year (even in the summer), and it is one of the most pleasant in the entire province.

See GoLisbon’s Eastern Algarve page for more about Tavira, and check out the Tavira pousada page for further information and booking deals.

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