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Camera Obscura

Calcada da Galeria, 12 | Torre de Tavira, Tavira 8800-306, Portugal
+351 281 322 527
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On the skyline of the pretty Moorish town of Tavira stands a strange construction. A cylindrical form on spindly legs with what appears to be a single eye that slowly turns to observe the town, it's presence like that of an alien spaceship from War of the Worlds. The cylinder however contains a delightful camera obscura, and in the cool darkened space it's revolving lens projects telescopic images of the town below onto a large concave screen. The commentator tells you that from ground level you cannot be seen as you observe the comings and goings of the street below. What fun then, when walking through the town, you become aware of the eye turning to face you and you face it, smile and wave at the surprised tourists inside. Please note that the last show is performed 30 minutes before the closing time so we kindly recommend to arrive before 4:30 pm Monday to Friday or 12:30 pm Saturday and Sunday. Thank you.
  • Excellent54%
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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“water tower” (98 reviews)
“live view” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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LOCATION
Calcada da Galeria, 12 | Torre de Tavira, Tavira 8800-306, Portugal
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+351 281 322 527
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"water tower"
in 98 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 39 reviews
"live view"
in 5 reviews
"lift takes"
in 5 reviews
"cars driving"
in 5 reviews
"different perspective"
in 7 reviews
"your bearings"
in 8 reviews
"climb the stairs"
in 4 reviews
"unique attraction"
in 4 reviews
"unique view"
in 4 reviews
"the young lady"
in 6 reviews
"entire city"
in 4 reviews
"short visit"
in 4 reviews
"historical information"
in 4 reviews
"several languages"
in 4 reviews
"interesting experience"
in 4 reviews
"knowledgeable guide"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A charming way to see tavira. Our host was very knowledgeable about the history of the town and we learnt a lot! Well worth €4.

Thank Betty R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great experience seeing Travia from above in real time and it all being explained so well with interesting facts and humour. Very enjoyable

Thank Wendysam26
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to check out something a little bit interesting and educational check this out. It is very old technology that gives a very clear live picture of what is going on around the town. The host was an Englishman who was very nice,...More

Thank Daniel M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Up near the castle walls and gardens this unique attraction is well worth a visit - it’s a steep walk! For a small fee (€3.50) the multi lingual British host visually takes you round the town using the unique qualities of the camera obscurer. Access...More

Thank milburn60
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting top view above town. Great to go with children. Weird bar facilities on the ground floor.

Thank Tannia M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Superb view of Tavira from the Camera Obscura. High climb up stairs or an outside the building lift which is exciting.

Thank Alex W
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Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

Unusual and worthwhile view of the town. A great assistant explains how the mirror/lens system works and it gave us a great overview of the town with a locals knowledge of attractions. At 4 euros each it was well worth it.

Thank Martin C
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Reviewed June 10, 2018

This is basically a live view of Tavira through a special lens that is located high up in a disused water tower but has the feel and atmosphere of a theme park experience. Basically, you enter a dark room where a guide operates the lens...More

1  Thank Tony G
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Reviewed May 28, 2018

I did not realise that the camera obscura was there until my sister came to visit. I just thought the building was a water tower. It was quiet when we visited and so we had the guide to ourselves. It was the first time that...More

1  Thank Fletch_Andy
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

This attraction offers very good value for what you get. We climbed the staircase into the old water tower and stood around the large satellite shaped screen which was flat out before us all. As the door was closed and we stood in the darkness,...More

Thank LauraBroomBroon
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Response from Kevin N | Reviewed this property |
Adults 4 euros . Good value.
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