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Today we headed to the east Algarve and the town of Tavira. According to our guide book “Tavira is one of the most beautiful towns in the Algarve” and after visiting the town we would argue. It was a beautiful in fact hot day which also helped

Tavira is considered to have been founded in 400BC and was an important trading port until the 17th century when the river silted up. In one of the back streets of the old town we found archeological excavations which included an ox shaped altar from the 4th century BC along with Islamic residential structures from the 12th and 13th centuries AD.

In the old town the key historic building was the church and the old castle now made into a pretty garden from which you can look down on the rooftops of the town.

Walking through the narrow streets of the old town was a little daunting for Daisy as there was frequent barking of dogs from roof top gardens. She kept looking up in fear of them jumping down on her!

By the river there was a lovely square with pavement cafes. We sat and enjoyed the sunshine for a while at one of them .Just off the square across the river was a 17th century bridge built on the foundations of a Roman structure. Daisy thought it was just the ticket to do here usual trick of putting her paws up to have a look at the river.

Crossing the river we found a further pretty square before walking along the river and crossing a less dignified bridge back to the other side by the old town market and another shaded square.

From Tavira we headed west along the coast. This part of the coast is protected by thin stretches of mud flats, fringed in turn by long sandbanks or “ilhas”. In reaching the town of Fuzeta we took another stroll. Fuzeta sits on the river and is a working fishing port but also has an estuary beach which was quite pleasant.

It had been a good day and the weather had been just perfect.

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