Apartment U

Large pool with patio/deck
  • Type: Apartment
  • Sleeps: 5 (2 Bedrooms)
  • Nearest Beach: Ilha de Tavira (4 km)
  • Change Over Day: Flexible
  • Owner will consider house swap
  • suitable for children

Set in manicured gardens - this is an apartment for those who enjoy their comforts while having a peaceful holiday. The complex is small so the large pool area never feels crowded (there are plenty of comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas). The apartment is beautifully furnished in a contemporary style to compliment the cream marble / oak flooring. There is direct access from the apartment to the large landscaped gardens.
A group of friends or families can be accommodated due to the flexible nature of the zip and link beds and an extra Z bed is also available if needed free of charge.
The apartment has a large fully equipped kitchen, including a regular oven,microwave/combo oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, nespresso machine,coffee maker, washer/drier and fridge freezer.
The living/dining room is large,has leather sofas,TV,Cd player,dvd and video recorder.It is air conditioned and has doors leading out to the front patio which is furnished with table and chairs. Doors also lead from the kitchen and dining room to an inner courtyard which also has table and chairs and a gas BBQ, it is a nice cool place to sit when it is very hot and at night with candles it is a lovely place to eat dinner.
A hallway leads down to the 2 bedrooms, the first is usually set up as a twin but can be made into a king if desired. This bedroom has use of the main bathroom opposite it which has an over bath shower, toilet and bidet. The Master bedroom is ensuite it can also be made us as singles if required and has a rainmaker shower and toilet. Both bedrooms have air conditioning and have shutters which can be closed at night. They have sliding doors leading to a narrow balcony ideal for a sundowner.

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The Algarve Region

From the apartment you can walk to the Centre of Tavira in 10 mins along the river Gilao.The town has a festival all through the month of July with nightly entertainment in the Praca de Republica.
There are several small fishing villages close to Tavira town-about a ten minute drive away is the lovely village of Santa Lucia-it is the centre of the octopus fishing industry as seen by the heaps of earthenware pots on the quayside. There are numerous fish restaurants where you can choose from the days catch. The village of Cabanas has a new promenade and a craft fair in August which is worth a visit.
Further afield going towards Spain you can visit Vila Real San Antonio-this is a thriving town with an architecturally impressive pedestrian centre laid out like Lisbon's Baixa district. From here you can take boat trips up the Guadiana River.It is the 2nd longest river in Europe at 778km.
The Spanish town of Ayamonte is only 10km away-it can be reached by ferry from Vila Real or via a bridge from Portugal. It has a wonderfully Spanish feel to it and there is a lovely old medieval quarter with narrow streets and cobbled plazas lined with trees, restaurants and bars. When you have finished shopping in the wonderful array of shops relax with a glass of wine and some tapas.5 mins drive from town is the Isla Canela beach popular with wind and kite surfers-it is accessed via a bridge from Ayamonte.
Many people come to the Eastern Algarve to bird watch as the Ria Formosa is the most important birding site in the Algarve. Covering 60km it comprises large areas of dunes and lagoons, channels and islands, saltpans, pools and river mouths. The diversity of habitat in the area means you can spot up to 50 species of birds in a morning from Greater Flamingoes to Eurasin spoonbills to Crested Coots.It is an area of great importance for a wide range of breeding, passage and wintering birds-hence it is a haven for the ornithologist.

Tavira Area

Tavira town has many shops, restaurants and bars to choose from. There is a daily market selling fresh fruit vegetables, meat and fish. There are several supermarkets in the town including Lidl and Aldi. There are restaurants for all tastes and budgets. There is a mini train which gives a tour of the town and can help to get your bearings-it departs from the riverside near the roman bridge.To get a 360 degree view of Tavira you can visit the camera obscura which is located in a disused water tower in the centre of the town-not to be missed it gives a real time view of the town.

For those interested in history there is plenty to keep you busy with a walking tour of the town to see the Roman bridge, the castle and the numerous churches.
If you have children with you a visit to a waterpark is a must-there is an inflatable waterpark moored off the beach on the Ilha de Tavira or there are several to choose from- Aqua Show, The Big One, Slide and Splash are a few examples-they are all accessed very easily via the A22 in about 30-45mins-it is also possible to take a day trip coach there from Tavira. Zoo Marine is also worth a visit with dolphin and seal shows as well as water rides and 3 swimming pools to cool off in.There is also a beautiful carousel and other fun rides.

Getting There

Tavira is a 20 min drive from Faro airport and about a 2 hour drive from Seville airport. Ryanair and Aer Lingus fly to both. We use a transfer company which charges approx €60-70 return for private transfer of 4 people. We will give you a detailed map with directions from either airport.

Nearest Travel Links

Rental Details

A 25% deposit is payable at time of booking and the balance is required 6 weeks prior to arrival. A refundable damage deposit of 200 euro/ £170 is payable to our agent on arrival, with deductions made for any breakages. A cot and high chair can be supplied for €5/day. Unlimited wifi included in prices above. The extra Z bed for a fifth person with sheets and towels is supplied free of charge it is most suited to a child/teenager. For short stays(4 nights) a cleaning and laundry supplement of €70 applies. Changeover Day: We are very flexible with regard to changeover day but request that clients vacate the apartment before 10am so it can be made ready for following guests.If there is no one arriving that day it may be possible to have a late departure please enquire. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in euros and include bed linen,towels,beach towels,all utilities,unlimited wifi and end of stay cleaning. Long term winter let €650/month for Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb and March applies to rentals of 4 weeks min and includes supply of linen and towels, unlimited wifi and the final clean.Utilities are paid at the end of your stay when our manager reads the relevant meters and are charged as per the standard rates the utility companies are charging at the time.Cleaning and linen/towel change can be arranged for you with our manager or you can decide to take care of this yourselves and extra linens/towels will be at your disposal. A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking with the balance due 8 weeks before arrival. A refundable damage deposit of 200 euro/170 pounds sterling is payable on arrival. The swimming pool is available all year round but is unheated and has no lifeguard.

Suitable types of Holiday Tavira

  • Fishing
  • Golf Course
  • Horse riding
  • Tennis courts
  • Watersports
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Surfing
  • Hill Walking
  • Cultural holiday
  • Local cuisine
  • Relaxation

Exterior Details

There is a small private garden with patio at the front of the apartment accessed via patio doors, it is furnished with table and chairs. There is a private inner courtyard furnished with table and chairs and perfect for alfresco dining as it is accessed from the kitchen as well as the living room and has a gas BBQ. There is a narrow shared balcony off both bedrooms accessed via sliding doors which can be shaded by an awning which is manually operated. The large pool is set in the landscaped gardens and there is also a shallow section suitable for small children. There is a large paved patio which has a shaded area overlooking this children's pool-or you can choose to sit on the loungers on the deck overlooking the large pool. The pool as yet is not fenced off from the garden but a hedge forms a boundary on one side-therefore it is important that parents are vigilant when young children are using the pool as there is no lifeguard.
NB-Please note there are steps within the complex and also a very long flight of steps involved in the walk to and from town (unless you take a taxi back! ) so this apartment is not suitable for renters with difficulties with steps.

Exterior Facilities in Apartment U

  • Balcony/Terrace
  • BBQ
  • Parking space
  • Shared garden
  • Shared outdoor swimming pool

Interior Details

The property is fully air-conditioned/heated there is a unit in each of the bedrooms and one in the living room. There is a large selection of DVDs/videos plenty of children's movies, a small library of books and games for all the family eg chess and boggle. There is a free extra fold up bed which can be used for a fifth person-best suited to a child/teen, it can be placed in either of the bedrooms.New for 2017 we have an IPTV box with 140 channels.Also unlimited wifi included in price.To view more photographs and reviews of the apartment and area check out the gallery and guestbook on our website-link below. Our apartment is licensed by the Camara Municipal de Tavira,which means it has been inspected and complies with their safety regulations for fire, gas, etc. and is fitted with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service:
Quality bed linen and towels are provided. End of stay cleaning is included. A brief clean,change of towels and bed linen is included in a 2 week stay.Beach towels are included in the price if you wish to have them let us know.

There is an inner courtyard accessed from the kitchen and the living room via glass doors. It is furnished with a terracotta table and chairs and there is a gas fired BBQ. It is a tranquil place to sit and escape the heat of the d

Facilities in Apartment U

  • Air conditioning
  • CD player
  • Clothes dryer
  • Cooker
  • Dish washer
  • DVD player
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Microwave
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Towels provided
  • Video
  • Washing machine
  • Safe

Bedrooms / Bathrooms

  • Bedrooms (2)
  • Bathrooms (2)
  • Ensuite (1)
  • Showers (2)
  • WCs (2)

Sleeps a Maximum of 5 people:

  • Single Beds (2)
  • Double Beds (1)


  • Dining Seats (8)
  • Lounge Seats (2)

Tariffs Currency Conversion

Note: Prices are for the property per week in euro and include linen,towels,beach towels,all utilities,unlimited wifi and end of stay cleaning. A brief clean and linen change is included in a 2 week stay.
Long term winter rate is €650/month for Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb and March applies to rentals of 4 weeks min and includes unlimited wifi and the final clean.Utilities are paid at the end of your stay when our manager reads the relevant meters and are charged as per the standard rates the utility companies are charging at the time.Cleaning and linen/towel change can be arranged for you with our manager or you can decide to take care of this yourselves and extra linens/towels will be at your disposal. A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking with the balance due 8 weeks before arrival. A refundable damage deposit of 200 euro/170 pounds sterling is payable on arrival and will be returned before you leave by our management team.
The Algarve are introducing a tourist tax at the moment we don't know what it will be in the Tavira municipality but in other areas it has been set at €1 per person over 14yrs per night for a max of 7 nights. More information to follow on this.
Rentals of less than 7 nights incur a cleaning/laundry charge of €70 per stay.


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Prices may be subject to change at the owner's discretion.

Guest Book

We stayed in the apartment in late August. Only good things to say about it. The apartment was very comfortable and had everything you could possibly need. Just outside your door there was a large green area if sunbathing is your thing. The apartment had sun loungers for you to use. The swimming pool was perfect. And never seemed busy even though we were there in high season. It is a quiet group of apartments. The apartment is about 15 minute walk away from the city centre. There are steep steps up to the apartment but only for the last five minutes. Nothing that we couldn't handle. Tavira itself is a charming old town. We ate in quite a few restaurants. The waiters were lovely but not in any way pushy. We ate in both the Italian and the Portuguese restaurant very close to the apartment and they were lovely. All in all we had a lovely holiday between the apartment and the town.
(L.Dowling Aug 2018)

Great Apartment that is well equipped and walking distance to town.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Really enjoyed our stay at this apartment. It had everything you need (including a beach umbrella and movies for the entire family). It is a short walk to town. Tavira is lovely. Would love to come back. Really appreciated the instructions from the owner on how to drive from the airport as well as walk to town. Food service option is a plus as well as we arrived on holiday.(C.Blanchet June 2018)

Fabulous apartment and pools, walking distance to beautiful Tavira. The management team were great, Denise showed us the way to the apartment and we arrived earlier than usual as the apartment was ready for us, which made for a relaxed start to our visit! The apartment is really well designed and beautifully decorated with art and ornaments. The facilities are excellent too - I think they have everything you would need in the well stocked kitchen and the lots of games, DVDs and even beach toys that our family appreciated! There were also helpful touches such as hand soap and toilet rolls in the bathrooms, and beach towels which were really useful! The property is well managed and lots of useful information is provided. It feels like it is well loved by the Raffertys and we could understand why, it is such a sweet apartment with large well appointed rooms located around a little courtyard, which creates light as well as outside space. In the grounds are the large swimming and paddling pools and lots of green space and beyond these the riverside walk into lovely Tavira. There are a lot of steps or a long winding route down to the river which we just about managed with our toddler (sometimes with the buggy) but this could be too much for older visitors - there is good car parking though! We only stayed for a few nights at the end of our holiday, so it wasn't really long enough - a good excuse to go back! We did manage to eat at D'Gusta (luckily a storm held people off that night, but they wiped down some tables outside after the rare rain shower) and we enjoyed their tapas at this popular and busy restaurant, over the other side of the blue bridge. We took the boat to Tavira beach and our older boys also enjoyed the futsal pitch close to the bus station. We are very appreciative of Helen and the family for letting us stay in this fabulous holiday apartment and to their excellent management team for their help and flexibility. We love Tavira and this is a great apartment, which we hope we get the opportunity to return to! (Simone Panayl Aug 2017)

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