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The town of Tavira is a most attractive town and is located to the east of Faro in the Algarve. The origin of Tavira dates back to the late Bronze Age (1.000-800 BC. The Phoenicians were to create a colonial centre here with massive walls, some two temples and two different harbours. Phoenician Tavira existed until the end of 6th BC, when it was destroyed by conflict. Some 100 years later the settlement recovered during the Tartessian Period, and became bigger than ever. This second urban period was also abandoned by the end of the 4th BC. During the Roman rule the urban centre was moved to nearby the Cerro do Cavaco, a fortified hill that was occupied until the time of Emperor Augustine. During the time of Caesar new port was built 7 kilometres from this settlement and was named Balsa. It became a big and important town but later decayed alongside that of the Roman Empire. When the Moors conquered the Peninsular in the 8th century, Balsa was already extinct as a town. During the Moorish occupation between the 8th and 13th centuries they built a castle, two mosques and several palaces. The impressive seven arched bridge is a Moor construction. In 1242 Dom Paio Peres Correia captured Tavira from the Moors in a bloody conflict when seven of his leading Knights were murdered during a period of truce.
The main beach for Tavira lies past the salt pans and is principally reached by a ferryboat that carries visitors to a sand-bar island known as Ilha de Tavira. Other beaches are the Praia do Barril, Praia da terra Estreita, Praia da Santa Luzia, Praia de Cabanas and Praia do Lacem. To the east of the town there are three golf course the 18-hole Benamor Course, the 18-hole Quinta da Ria Course and the 18-hole Quinta de Cima Course. Also an inland tourist spot is the Pego do Inferno which is about 10 kilometres from the town and is an attractive natural waterfall