Frequently voted the most lovely town in the Algarve, and certainly both Marc and I might agreed with that. For years we’ve been wanting to go there and spend a week or two yet we’ve never quite been able to orchestrate that, probably because I don’t want to move once I get settled in! That said, we visit it often and never tire of exploring and meandering. We always manage to find something new.
Tavira is also considered the number one place in the world to retire! The town unfolds along both sides of the River Gilão. Flanked by Renaissance architecture and connected by an old Roman bridge, the riverfront, with its promenades, swaying palms, open-air cafés, and restaurants serving the day’s catch, casts a romantic air.
One thing I usually do whenever I am going to spend any time in a locale is to check in advance if we are overlapping with any statutory holidays. Did I do that this time? Nope, I forgot. And so, with discovering most things in Tavira closed today, including many restaurants, we asked and wouldn’t you know it. Restoration of Independence Day (Restauração da Independência) is todays holiday!!! Marc has since put a list on our calendar to avoid a repeat performance.
I’ve always enjoyed the various graffiti here in the Algarve. It’s never vulgar or offensive and usually quite artistic. This particular piece caught my eye today and gave me a chuckle.
Finding a place to eat proved challenging because of the holiday however we continued to wander confident we would eventually stumble on something. As we wandered we chatted about past visits, great company, countless laughs, and acknowledged just how blessed and fortunate we have been and continue to be.
Finally, just as we were about to give up we rediscovered a restaurant from our last visit, Pizzaria Luzzo . Propitious as we were starving and we instantly recalled our great meal from the first visit. The sun was shining, the terrace virtually empty and the server friendly, efficient and chatty. (She’s the one who told us of the stat holiday…..and reminded us there is another next Wednesday). All in all a magnificent day. And so it continues.
Manter-se seguro e saudável.