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Only in Tavira itself, where there are many souvenir shops selling cork items, lace and gifts made from shells. "Old Market" is an upmarket handicraft and artefacts shopping centre. Market every third Monday of the month.

Like most of the resort towns on the Algarve, Tavira is a food-lovers haven, especially for those who enjoy seafood. There are numerous restaurants along the quayside and riverbank, serving excellent cuisine at reasonable prices. Recommendations for shellfish and fish dishes are Nora Velha, Marisqueira 4 Aguas and Portas do Mar.

The nightlife consists of Bars and cafes abound in the town, but options for dancing are limited to the Ubi Discotheque, which is enough to cater for energetic ravers.

Local activities include hunting for seashells on Tavira Island, enjoying a variety of watersports, explore the quaint town of Tavira, or play golf at the nearby Benamor Course. It is a good idea to hire a car and explore into Spain to the East and along the rest of the Algarve to the West.

Local Activities include:

Omega Parque - Near Monchique. Endangered wild animals in a stunning mountainside location.

Zoomarine - near Albufeira. Dolphinarium with several attractions.

Aqualand - Bij Armação de Pêra. Big Aquapark with a lot of high slides

Slide & Splash - near Lagoa. Big Aquapark.

Krazy World - near Algoz - Funpark for children and adults with two mini-golf courses (18 holes), pools,
childrenfarm, crocodilepark and Quad mania.

Aquashow - near Quarteira. Aqualand with the biggest wave pool in Europe.

Karting Algarve - in Almancil (between Vilamoura and Loulé).

Roma Golf Park - near Vilamoura. Super Mini-Golf and leisure park.

Fábrica do Inglês - in Silves - Entertainment and culturepark, Corkmuseum.

Omega Parque - near Monchique. Zoo, holding only threatened species.

Cova dos Mouros - Mining village near Alcoutim. Reconstruction of pre-historical mining activity in the Algarve.