Tavira Sport seems to be a replica of what is going on in the
rest of Portugal. Like most countries with a more sunnier
climate than the rest there is an emphasis on outdoor pursuits.
Unlike some that were influenced by the British Empire they do
not specialise in the traditional sports played in those
countries that have been. So Cricket and Rugby are not high on
the list of sports played by the Portuguese.
The influence of the expatriate Commonwealth countries is
developing so that may not remain the case.
The main Tavira sport is Football. Hence the separate section
looking at what is going on in the the Algarve and the rest of
Cycling is one area that Tavira excels in having one of the most
successful professional cycling clubs in the country. Namely
Carmim-Prio the new name for the Clube de Ciclismo de Tavira.
The Portuguese are passionate about their football whether it be
their local team, or the National team. In our village
we always know when there has been a football match on TV, the
locals let us know with their car horns.
Being remote from the powerhouse's of Portuguese football clubs
has not diminished the interest in those clubs. Each individual
will have it's favourite club based on the the top three from
the North. To such an extent that that there are 'Benfica' and
'Sporting' cafes where only their supporters congregate.
The situation might be changing however with one club from the
Algarve challenging the might of the the northern clubs.
Sporting Clube Olhanense from Olhao (the next District to
Tavira) have been playing in top flight of Portuguese football
for the past two seasons.
LOCAL FOOTBALL TEAMS
C R D Santaluziense
From Santa Luzia play in the Algarve First division. Our local
team play a pitch that is sand based which makes ball control
more difficult. The skill level is remarkably high for a local
football team that gets an excellent level of support from the
Ginásio Clube de Tavira
The club was formed in 1928 and at it´s peak reach the 3rd
division of the National leagues in 1969. Unfortunately they now
languish in bottom position in the Algarve 2nd division.
Hopefully good times are round the corner.
Futsal for the uninitiated is an organised form of 5 aside
football that is well known in the UK. Generally played indoors,
with unlimited substitutions and using a smaller ball than
Local Futsal Teams
Sonâmbulos Futsal Luzense from Luz de Tavira who play at
Pavilhão Municipal da Luz de Tavira. They compete in
Futsal Nacional - Seniores 3ª. Divisão with the games generally
beginning at 17.00
Leões futebol clube Tavira from Tavira itself who play at
Pavilhão Municipal Drº Eduardo Mansinho on Fridays starting at
The local team is known as Clube de Basquetebol de Tavira. The
senior team play in the Fase Inter-Regional - Zona Sul
at the Pavilhão Municipal Drº Eduardo Mansinho usually on a
Sunday evening starting at 5 o´clock.
They also run a range of junior teams both male and female who
compete in the local Algarve leagues
The Tavira Handball team is known as C VELA TAVIRA and the senior
team play in the Campeonato Nacional 2. Divisao Seniores
Masculinos – 2011/12.
Home matches are also played at Pavilhão Municipal Drº Eduardo
Mansinho usually on a Saturday starting
Carmim-Prio is a Portuguese professional cycling team based in
Tavira. It is one of the European teams in UCI Continental Tour.
This is the new name for Clube de Ciclismo de Tavira.