Tavira Island is an awesome place with miles of pristine beaches, with golden sand dunes and good waves for surfing. Boats leave for Tavira every half hour throughout the day, the last returns at 12. The price is 3 € for a round trip. However, there is no parking for cars. The boat stops at the Ria Formosa, where there is a quiet beach, with trees that provide some shade. If you follow the road, you will see a few fishermen's houses, some shops (souvenir shops and restaurants) and camp sites. Then you get to the beach. What caught our attention was the fact that there is no area for umbrellas and towels. It is very busy when you first walk onto the beach. But if you keep walking, is much quieter, less crowded and you can find people sunbathing nude and fishing. It is a stunning place
This is a very nice beach, and in the main part (it is very long) you'll find there's barely anyone there. There is a small train that takes you (for just one euro each way) from the city to a little tourism complex, passing through the marshes, the "Ria Formosa Natural Park". You can also walk there, and if you are able to do so, we advise it; it's an easy walk and the trails and landscapes are very interesting. In the complex there are a couple of interesting things, like the bar, but above all there's a very interesting cemetery with anchors.