Walking around Praça da República we went to the Puente Romano and we saw a white pillar painted in the colors of the city shield. It also had an inscription honoring those killed during the 1383-1385 political crisis when the defense of the bridge lead to victory in the struggle for independence from Portugal. Just across the Puente Romano you can almost smell the sea with a twist, old houses, some almost in ruins but with beautiful railings and many plants, some completely shelled by time and moisture, but some with flowers pots, umbrellas and very white paint. The back stairs overlook the special river - it is as clean and quiet as the Gilao and it was there that I gave it the name of the "Venice" of Tavira. (Data are from the Municipal House on the Plaza.)
We got here after taking a very long drive, with a great amount of kilometers of land, thorns and sand, as I told you in our adventure to get to Island Camping Tavira Park. This club which history goes back to the 1950s with the practice of sailing, it was one of several regional centers of this type until finally it was founded in 1993, with the main activity area of skills in this sport. It began to hold a wide variety of sailing competitions, currently regional, national and international, Fishing, Hunting and Fishing, swimming and canoeing. It offers a Bar, a Sailing School, Nautical Charts and tractor ramps for partners and many other amenities. From here we are going to the pier to take the ferry to Tavira.
We reached here after a lengthy drive, miles of land, thorns and sand, as I told you in our adventure to get to Park Island Camping Tavira. This club with a history dating back to the 1950s was for sailing, and it was one of several regional centers of this type until finally it was founded in 1993. They began to organize a wide range of sailing championships, currently regional, national and international fishing, hunting and swimming and canoeing. On site there is a bar, sailing school, nautical charts and partner tractor ramps and other amenities. From here we headed to the pier to take the ferry to Tavira.
Tavira straddles the River Gilao and on the shore, in Rua José Pires Padinha, there are boat excursions and boats and vessels of all kinds. From here you can also tour the famous Ria Formosa, enjoy beautiful views, see the ancient Roman bridge of seven eyes near Marché da Ribeira (Ribeira Market) and walk over the pedestrian bridge linking the two sides. It's the phone company that is dedicated to this work, the website is the Posto de Turismo.
This tower was an old water tank of Alto de Santa María, built in June 1931, and which had been abandoned. It was adapted and turned into a tourist spot upon the installation of a camera obscura in 2004. This camera has a very simple principle, consisting of an optical mirror and two fixed magnification lenses, placed at the end of a tube located in a cavity at the top and outside of the tank, just like a periscope. This set-up captures vivid images and sends them into the Tower. It's a journey done in total darkness on a parabolic plane two meters in diameter and reflects, in real-time, everything that happens outside the old water tank. They say that it is the optical Photo principle that was used by Leonardo Da Vinci. The visit to this unique tourist spot lasts half an hour, costs three euros, and includes a history lesson available to be listened to in multiple languages.
The kiosk was built in 1889 by a foundry in Porto. The central plant is octagonal with flexible lines, it's in the heart of the garden and is the clearest example of architecture in nineteenth century iron. It was quite difficult to take pictures because it's used as a store of goods in the basement and gardening implements.
This building was a civil prison in the twentieth century and was converted into the current Municipal Library via a project by architect Carrilho da Graça. It's a pleasant place with a children's library, adult library, auditorium, newspaper/periodical room, bar and green spaces that aim to ensure the quality of community life in cultural, educational and scientific terms. The creation of this library was due to a monetary legacy by José Joaquim Jara in order to build a school and buy furniture. He also donated all the books he had at home at the time of his death, thee was more than enough money to increase the amount of text and create a library for use by the schools and the general public. This library is currently a member of the National Public Reading. The hours of operation are Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 to 19.00, Monday and Saturday from 14.00 to 19.30.
After leaving the car we passed through the Yacht Club and walked a good amount of blocks to the place where they sell the tickets to take the Ferry. The pier, which is unfortunately covered, was where we we went in the midst of a human tide of people, both children and young adults, as well as provisions for the supermarket they have in the Camping Park Tavira Island, which has bars, pizzerias and restaurants that cater to a huge number of people and. The ride is short, and it was hot day and the water was calm. We could take a deep breath and wait to arrive at the other side.
This monument, built in 1960 in the plaza of the Church of Santa Maria do Castelo, indicates that in this city, after the capture of Ceuta, Prince Henry received the title of Duke of Viseu and Lord of Covilha. It does so in his illustrious memory on the V centenary of his death in Sagres.