at the Ria Formosa
Our holiday homes lie in Livramento – a small fisher village with taverns and small restaurants.
On this page you we provide you with short information on some towns and villages in the vicinity of our holiday homes and what you may visit where – furthermore we tell you where you get the things for your daily needs.
Towns nearby are:
Tavira (ca. 7 km to the East)
Olhão (ca. 9 km to the West)
Faro (18 km), county seat, here is also the international airport
The Spanish border is about 30 km away.
Smaller villages nearby:
Luz de Tavira
Tavira is a small, very quiet, clean and well-tended town. Particularly beautiful is the historical centre (Centro histórico) with the castle, the park, the town-hall (Câmera Municipal) and the Roman bridge over the river Gilão. For good reason some like to call it the "Venice at the Atlantic Ocean". Well worth seeing are the typical pagoda roofs "de quatro aguas" and the 23 churches – both remains from the time when the town was mostly inhabited by Jewish citizens. The wealth gave room to a playful architecture, as for example the pagoda roofs – and for demonstrating that the citizens had become Christians the many churches were built.
|Roman bridge over the river Gilão||The monastery "Convent of Grace" (Convento da Graça) converted into a Pousada (hotel).||Church at the Castle||Castle||"Quatro-Águas" Roofs – View from the Castle|
Tavira is ideal for taking walks, to make a little shopping tour through the "Artesanatos" for art and souvenirs, or to drink a "Bica" – a local form of coffee – or a draught beer in one of the numerous cafes, for example in the Old Market Hall "Mercado da Ribeira" straight by the river.
|Shopping Street||Old Market Hall "Mercado da Ribeira"||Artesanato - Shop|
Every morning except on Sundays you can buy fresh products and products from the region in the new market hall. You will find a huge selection of fresh fish and seafood, fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, honey, olives, meat and many more.
Fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, seafood and meet in the market hall
For other purchases you may visit on the east-side of the river the "Supermercado Pingo Doce" – a very well assorted supermarket; or you may shop at the supermarkets Aldi (at the first access road to Tavira) or Lidl (straight behind the train station) – next to their German products they offer also a big variety of Portuguese products, as for instance olive oils, cheese and wines etc. .
Olhão is an entirely different world – in opposite to Tavira which historically is a town of wealthy merchants Olhão is a typical town of fishermen. You do not only find that in its architecture, where simple flat roofs replace the pagoda roofs, you also feel that in the town's atmosphere – much more vibrant, in turn less orderly, though.
Worth seeing in Olhão is particularly the harbour, the marina, and the waterfront where you also find the market halls for fish, fruit and vegetables. There the selection is even greater than in Tavira, however the lack of sufficient parking space may complicate the daily purchase to some extent. But it is a must-see at all events.
The numerous restaurants at the promenade offer delicious fish and seafood dishes. In between the restaurants you find the so-called "Lojas de Marisco", the local seafood stores, where you can buy fresh clams, prawns, lobster, crawfish, and other seafood 7 days a week.
Everything you may need in the household you will find in the supermarket "Modelo" on the main road to Faro.
View over Olhão
in Olhão web
The Church "Igreja Matriz"
Island in front of Olhão (Ilha da Armona)
in Olhão web
Faro is the "capital" of Algarve county, here you also have the International Airport and a train station with express trains to Lisbon and Porto. From the train station of Livramento you have very good connections with regional trains to Faro.
In Faro you may enjoy a shopping expedition in the Rua de Santo Antonio, a pedestrian zone in the inner city with typically Portuguese paved alleys (calçada portuguesa). It is worth seeing it.
Very beautiful is the Old Town with the castle walls - you access it through a famous town gate. There old monasteries await you, an old beer factory and a gorgeous square lined by orange trees. In the summer the "Festival da Ria Formosa" is held there with all the delicious things the Ria Formosa has to offer.
If, for a change, you look for international shops with all the most modern amenities – why don't you visit the Forum Algarve: you will find everything there trendy shops, restaurants, cafes, banks and a huge supermarket (Jumbo). It is on the outskirts in the direction to the airport.
|Town Gate "Arco da Cidade"||Castle Walls||Church "Igreja do Carmo"||Largo da Sé||Building of the National Bank|
in Câmara Municipal de Faro
Luz de Tavira
2,5 km to the east of Livramento, at the coastal road EN 125, lies Luz de Tavira, which is mainly known for its church. It is a small village that can serve your basic needs via a supermarket, a post office, a pharmacy and a bank with an ATM/bankomat.
Church Square of Luz de Tavira
Santa Luzia is a small fisher village between Luz de Tavira and Tavira, directly at the Ria Formosa, with a very special atmosphere. The waterfront, beautifully lined with palm trees, holds many cafes, taverns and restaurants where you get a Portuguese speciality at any time of the day, in other words: the ideal place for a "Petisco", a small snack in between – or for a lunch or dinner, of course.
From here a small ferryboat may brings you to the island-beach "Terra Estreita" (only in the summer months). In case you find Ilha de Tavira or Barril not quiet enough in the peak season then "Terra Estreita" is a beautiful alternative.
The fisher village Cabanas, about 5 km to the east of Tavira, is quite similar to Santa Luzia. The waterfront is extraordinarily beautiful with very good restaurants and in the summer every evening a lot is going on there, often with life-music.
Like in Santa Luzia a small ferry brings you to the island-beach in the ocean, in front of the village, here to "Praia de Cabanas".
|Waterfront||Ria in front of Cabanas||
Forte de Cabanas
A historical village at a bank directly overlooking the Ria Formosa. It is mainly known for its church and the stronghold. In a small tavern you get delicious cockle-clams (conquilas), oysters (ostras) and eel stew (caldeirada de enguia).
|Church||Castle||View from the castle over the Ria Formosa||Typical houses|
Casa Bela Sombra Casa Barrada Casa Palmito
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