The name Cabanas de Tavira means Tavira Huts in Portuguese which originates from the initial structures the local fishermen used to store their equipment.References to Tuna fishing in this area date back to 1734 when fishermen used the huts to store their fishing equipment and tools.
Further reference is made in 1757 when it is thought the village started to develop when the fishermen began to make the area their permanent residence and built houses to replace the huts.
There is a population of just over a thousand people which swells dramatically in the summer months with tourists attracted to this destination by the beautiful beach, Praia de Cabanas located on the island off shore known as Ilha de Cabanas which belongs to the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
As well as being a fine beach resort, Cabanas is a great centre for golfing holidays with several golf course on its doorstep.
Have a look at our TaviraGolf pages for full details of all the local clubs.
The town now forms a long line of shops bars and cafés facing the
Ria Formosa. Fishing is still important to this part of Tavira as can be seen by the moored fishing boats lined up along the seafront, however, as with elsewhere in this part of Portugal, tourism has become the towns lifeblood.
Accommodation is provided by several hotels and apartment
complexes together with individual apartments and Guesthouse establishments that are scattered around the outskirts of the town.
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