“Nous rentrons tout juste de Tavira que nous avons découvert grâce à Helen et Kevin. Ce fut l\'échange idéal grâce a de nombreux contacts par mail tout au long de l\'année; Merci à Helen pour sa grande disponibilité et la multitudes d\'informations apportées. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié le confort de leur appartement de standing dans une résidence au calme et très bien entretenue; nos enfants ont particulièrement appréciés l \'immense piscine chaude au pied de l\'appartement Tavira est sans doute une des plus belles et authentique petit ville de l Algarve; la situation idéale permet aussi de découvrir toute la côte sud du Portugal puisque l extrême sud ouest est à seulement 1H30 ; c\'est aussi à Tavira que nous avons vécu nos meilleurs moments culinaires grâce à d \'excellents restaurants avec un rapport qualité prix imbattable. Bref, milles merci à Helen et Kevin de nous avoir permis ces vacances inoubliables .... Stéphanie et Michael et les filles”
Helen's reviewsAs a host (6)
“We had a great time in Tavira. The Helen and Kevin apartment is beautiful, very clean, very comfortable and very pleasant. We enjoyed the patio. It is perfect for meals. The residence is quiet with a great swimming pool and green areas. It is very nice to relax in the shade of an olive tree. The situation of the apartment is very convenient because you can walk to town and reach the beach by boat. It is not necessary to have a car. It is also near the main roads that allow you to visit the Algarve. We enjoyed the contact we had with Helen's family. We had interesting discussions throughout the year to prepare our trip. We had the chance to meet them when they arrived home. They are very friendly and were very respectful of our home that we found in a perfect condition when we returned. They were also very good keepers for our two kittens! An ideal family for a home exchange ...”
“We had a great time in the house of Helen and Kevin in Ireland. It is a quiet, lovely and very comfortable place, with an exceptional garden (Helen has special gardener's talents!) in front of a public park. The organization of their house is made to make easy going life, with a big kitchen, perfect for sharing good times with all the family. Bray is a cool seaside city with its pubs, restaurants and even Italian's gelati from where it is easy to visit Dublin without car, as there is public transport very easy (DART is just perfect), as well as to discover the beautiful Wicklow, Garden of Ireland, one of the most beautiful part of Ireland unfairly unsung to our point of view!. Last but not least, Helen and Kevin prepared us a warm welcome with the support of all their sweet family. Before our arrival, it has been a pleasure to prepare our trip in Ireland with their help as we exchanged by mail, Skype and even post (Helen sent us local and national informations to complete our informations) weeks before our swap. That way we had good addresses and journey's advices and suggestions to plan our discovery of Wicklow and Ireland. And on the spot, there well plenty of maps and advices for walks in the countryside plus other informations. We warmly thanks and recommend the family for making you feel at home in this beautiful Eire!”
“Très bel appartement avec patio (très agréable d'y manger !!), jardin et piscine entretenus quotidiennement situé sur les hauteurs de Tavira. Il est très agréable d'aller à pied ou à vélo au centre de Tavira qui a gardé un cachet locale avec un très beau marché couvert où l'on trouve tous les produits locaux (légumes, fruits, fromage, poissons). De très belles plages de sable à paysages variés dunes ou falaises longent la côte. Les portugais sont très gentils et de suite nous nous sommes sentis à l'aise au point de se dire qu'il doit être très agréable de vivre ici !!! Nous avons essentiellement profité des plages de Tavira et Albuferia, 1 journée à Zoo Marine, 1 journée coté montagne et nombreuses promenades à pied et à vélo et à cheval..(vélo jusqu'à Santa Lucia ou je recommande d'aller manger du poulpe cuisiné de différentes façons..)Nous avons donc passés de superbes vacances et un grand merci à Helen et Kevin qui nous ont apportés toutes les informations et recommandations nécessaires à notre voyage.”
“Nous avons grandement apprécié votre résidence, elle est très confortable , très bien équipée et bien située. La communication avec Helen était vraiment facile et agréable, elle nous a bien guidé pour nous rendre à la résidence et nous a référé des endroits dont un restaurant ou nous avons passé une des plus belles soirées de notre voyage. L'emplacement du condo nous a permis de profiter d'une belle piscine et de d'installer confortablement pour lire et se reposer. Nous avons adoré notre séjour merci encore pour cette belle opportunité, nous avons hâte à notre tour de vous accueillir.”
“We just had an awesome stay at Helen and Kevin’s home in Tavira and can’t express how wonderful it was. Their home, in a beautiful gated villa community, is very comfortable with everything you need. Perfect for a family or two couples. There are so many beaches and golf courses to explore within a short drive. Tavira is a beautiful village filled with restaurants and shops galore. Helen and Kevin are just wonderful. The welcome package left for us was a real treat after a long day of travel! We were fortunate enough to be able to spend time with them when they were at our cottage in Muskoka Canada and became fast friends. We would highly recommend an exchange with them, you won’t be disappointed!!!”
Where is it?
Tavira town is a 10 min walk from the apartment and has many shops, restaurants and bars to choose from. There is a daily market selling fresh friut, vegetables, meat and fish.(NOTE THE WALK TO TOWN INVOLVES 100 STEPS SO NOT SUITABLE IF YOU HAVE MOBILITY DIFFICULTIES) There are several supermarkets in the town including Lidl and Aldi. There are restaurants for all tastes and budgets. There is a mini train which gives a tour of the town and can help to get your bearings-it departs from the riverside near the roman bridge.To get a 360 degree view of Tavira you can visit the camera obscura which is located in a disused water tower in the centre of the town-not to be missed it gives a real time view of the town.
From the apartment you can walk to the ferry boat that goes back and forth to the beautiful blue flag beach on the Isla de Tavira. There are restaurants and a small shop at the beach and sun loungers can be rented. The boat ride over is a pleasure in itself and if you are lucky you may see flamingoes. There are many other beaches in the area-a favourite is Barril beach beyond Santa Luzia which has a mini train and Praia Verde which is a drive away towards Vila Real-it is very suitable for children with it's gentle waves and shallow water.
For those interested in history there is plenty to keep you busy with a walking tour of the town to see the Roman bridge, the castle and the numerous churches.
If you have children with you a visit to a waterpark is a must,there are also several to choose from-further down the coast, Aqua Show, The Big One, Slide and Splash are a few examples-they are all accessed very easily via the A22 in about 30-45mins-it is also possible to take a day trip coach there from Tavira. Zoo Marine is also worth a visit with dolphin and seal shows as well as water rides and 3 swimming pools to cool off in.There is also a beautiful carousel and other fun rides.
Further afield going towards Spain you can visit Vila Real San Antonio-this is a thriving town with an architecturally impressive pedestrian centre laid out like Lisbon's Baixa district. From here you can take boat trips up the Guadiana River.It is the 2nd longest river in Europe at 778km.
The Spanish town of Ayamonte is only 10km away-it can be reached by ferry from Vila Real or via a bridge from Portugal. It has a wonderfully Spanish feel to it and there is a lovely old medieval quarter with narrow streets and cobbled plazas lined with trees, restaurants and bars. When you have finished shopping in the wonderful array of shops relax with a glass of wine and some tapas.5 mins drive from town is the Isla Canela beach popular with wind and kite surfers-it is accessed via a bridge from Ayamonte.
Seville is only 2.5 hours away by car and you can also visit it using the bus which goes from the bus station just a 5 min walk from the apartment we have done that and it is very convenient not to have a car when visiting Seville as it is small and all the sites are easily accessible on foot. It is a beautiful city to visit especially out of the summer period when it can get very hot.
If you have a car we strongly recommend a day trip to Alcoutim a 45min drive from the apartment. It has a wonderful castle to visit and also a beautiful river beach(see photo) which has a snack bar serving lovely food including freshly barbequed chicken and fish.
If you are into golf read below:
With a round of golf costing 30% less in the Eastern Algarve, and with 7 courses to choose from within a 20km radius of the apartment you will be spoiled for choice!
Benamor 4km away (5494m par 71) ranked in the top 10 courses in Europe with great sea views.
Quinta de Ria 7km away (6110m par 72) an 18 hole golf course in the Ria Formosa natural park-it has been described by golfers as the most breathtaking in the region.
For more information about golf in the area have a look at our website for a full guide to the local courses. We have a set of basic clubs at the apartment for your use.
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