Ferries etc

So if you have decided against getting a car and need to get around Tavira there are plenty of other options.Walking is a great way to see many of the delights that Tavira has to offer.

If you want to be more adventurous or are simply wanting a more relaxing approach then there are other ways to get around apart from the ones already mentioned.

Tavira city itself is hilly in places but nothing too difficult for the average person. All the smaller coastal towns such as Santa Luzia and Cabanas are flat and a delight for getting around either on foot or by bike.

Indeed cycling is a great way to see the area and there appears to be an increasing number of visitors using bikes to get around. Please be careful and respect the other road users when cycling and where possible use the designated cycling tracks.

The least expensive way to get to some of the beaches is the ferry. Sadly they don´t all run throughout the year. Disappointing because the beaches are a great place to visit at any time.


One of the few ways to get to the beach, certainly from Tavira or Santa Luzia. Note that all the ferries do not run all year. It is worth checking this site to see when they are running and where from. The three main ferry routes are listed below and we will endeavour to keep the timetables updated

Quatro Águas to Ilha de Tavira

The Ferry timetable from October 2017 - March 2018 is listed below :

Tavira to Ilha de Tavira

Starts running again in April 2018 

Santa Luzia to Terra Estreita Ferry

Ferries from Santa Luzia  to Praia de Terra Estreita star in May 2018 again this year and will continue until September 2018. To get to this beach in Santa Luzia you will need to go to Barril Beach. 

Ferry Route

The Santa Luzia ferry runs from the village of Santa Luzia to the Terra Estreita beach situated on the Ilha de Tavira. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes and from the jetty there is a short walk to the beach.  The 2016 ferry begins this year in May and a full schedule will be listed when available

Tickets can be purchased from the kiosk shown in the above photograph. If this is closed they can be purchased on the ferry.

Water Taxi to Cabanas Beach

Water Taxi to Cabanas Beach
Taxi Boat Santa Luzia


There are two forms of taxi in Tavira. The more traditional one that uses the road, Tavira Taxis, and the one that travels along the river and across to the Islands, the Water taxis. To get to the beaches and back, the Water taxis provide a great and quick way to get there.

Tavira taxis can be found at a number of places and there should never be too much of a wait for one. A good place to catch one is the taxi rank in Rua D.Marcelino Franco. We have provided contact details below for all other forms of transport.

Bike Hire

Cycling in Tavir

Cycling in Tavira

Bikes provide a wonderful and mainly relaxing way to get about around Tavira. Being by the coast the roads are not too steep although there are a number of roads in Tavira itself that will the irregular cyclists to their limits. Bike hire can be arranged at a number of places.

See the contacts list below.

Most of the hotels in Tavira offer a Bike Hire Service

Contact Details


Tavira Transport Services:Tel: 960 170 789 email-taxi@tavirataxi.com
Taxisgilao - Tel : 918 763 020 website - taxigilao@sapo.pt
TaxiTavira.net - Tel: 910 000 928 email-info@taxitavira.net
Radio Taxis - Tel: 281 321 544

Julio's Taxis- Tel: 964166604 - especially good to and from Santa Luzia

Water Taxis

Sequa Tours : Tel - 918 763 620
Depart from Rio Gilao next to the parking area on Rua Jose Pires Padinha

Bike Hire

Sport Nautica - 351 281 324

Casa Abilio Bike Shop - 281 323 467 or 919 684 228

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