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. Using the local boats as a taxi to get around is also a lot of fun and if there a group of you doesn’t have to be expensive.


One of the few ways to get to the beach, certainly from Tavira Cabanas 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 times Verão (Summer)2019


First boat from Quatro leaves at 8h:00 the last boat leave at 00h.00- The first boat from Ilha de Tavira leaves at 8h:15 and the last boat leaves at 00h:15. The boats run continuously between these hours. Approximate journey time 10 minutes.

Tavira to Ilha de Tavira

The ferry from Tavira to Ilhe de Tavira up to 31 August 2019


Santa Luzia to Terra Estreita Ferry

The ferry from Santa Luzia to Praia da Terra Estreita will run from April 19 to October 19



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 2019 ferry begins this year in April and a full schedule is listed below.

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