Portugal’s southern region, The Algarve, with its warm Atlantic Coast beaches
and picturesque whitewashed villages, is a popular vacation spot for sun-starved northern Europeans, and many of the towns and cities have established English speaking communities. From Sagres in the west to Tavira in the east, there are a number of quaint towns and cities worth exploring.
The city of Faro, quite centrally located in the Algarve, though not the most attractive of Portuguese cities, serves as the gateway to the region and is accessible by air and rail.
Forty minutes by train from Faro, you’ll find Tavira, a city at the mouth of the Gilão River. This quiet and pretty little town is a relaxing vacation destination with affordable accommodations, amazing views and access to beautiful and clean nearby beaches.