Tavira is lovely, and I thoroughly recommend staying at the Residencial Imperial. It starts with the location, overlooking to river and charming ornamental garden along the bankside with its palm trees. Breakfast is taken in a sweet dining room decorated with traditional local tiles and overlooking the river.
Below the hotel is a string of affordable pavement cafes and restaurants for traditional Portuguese dishes. We are a couple of hundred metres from the jetty so the fish could not be any fresher. Catering for visitors, menus usually come in several languages including English. The nearby jetty is also the departure point for the ferry to the island beach and for boat trips further afield to the Formosa natural park and bird sanctuary.
The guest house itself is excellent, starting with a warm welcome and wonderful service from the charming family that runs the place. Nothing is too much trouble. For a solo traveller like me this is not just accommodation, this is being looked after. They even understand my demands for a vegetarian breakfast.
The accommodation itself is affordable, always clean and tidy and everything works - ensuite shower, TV, air con, and the free wifi available in the public parts of the building. No wifi in the room unfortunately, but its range does extend to the pavement cafe below, which is handy!
Finally a last benefit for both homesick Brits and vegetarians. A short walk across the bridge over the river are an English pub (fry ups, TV footie, English comversation), two excellent Indian restaurants (I marginally prefer the Punjab to the Kohinoor), and a Chinese. Don't mock! For vegetarians that amounts to welcome alternatives to omelettes, pizzas and salads!
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