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Away from the crowds on the Algarve coast, close to Spain, sits the charming town of Tavira. Tavira sits on the banks of the River Gilao straddled by a Roman Bridge.

Roman Bridge crossing River Gilao at Tavira, Portugal

The Clock Tower, Castle and the Castle Church of Santa Maria are all close by and this complex offers great views over the tiled rooftops of Tavira.

Clock Tower, Tavira, Portugal

Tavira Island, part of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, has a beach that stretches on for miles. Tavira Island can be reached by catching one of the ferry close to town.

Ferry to Tavira Island, Portugal

Fresh local produce can be purchased in Tavira market. High-end luxury accommodation with accompanying food and drink is available at the famous Graca Hotel.

Graca Hotel, Tavira, Portugal

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Mertola is one of the most pleasant villages to visit in Portugal. Sat high above the Guadiana River the village is dominated by Mertola Castle. A statue of Ibn Qasi stands guard at the entrance.

Stuate of Ibn Qasi, Mertola Castle, Portugal

Next to Mertola Castle is the Matriz Parish Church with its elegant white facade.

Matriz Parish Church, Mertola, Portugal

Following the narrow streets down into the village you will come across the Torre de Relogio – the Clock Tower offer wide views over the surrounding valley. Close-by is the square holding the town hall. The square has been beautifully reformed recently.

Torre de Relogio - Clock Tower, Mertola, Portugal

Town Hall, Mertola, Portugal

Mertola offers many interesting museums on the village’s history, one of which the Islamic Studies Museum can be found in this charming yellow building.

Islamic Studies Museum, Mertola, Portugal

Finally, do not leave town without purchasing some fresh produce at Mertola’s market, cheese being particular speciality.

Market, Mertola, Portugal