The Castle of Tavira is located at Largo Abu-Otmane (Abu Osman Square), this castle is on the south western side of Tavira

The Castle of Tavira is located at Largo Abu-Otmane (Abu Osman Square), this castle is on the south western side of Tavira

Walls and watch towers of the castle - this castle is small in size but good views of the city and free entry is worth the time spent here

Walls and watch towers of the castle - this castle is small in size but good views of the city and free entry is worth the time spent here

Entrance of the castle beside a damaged watch tower - this castle lies in the town's historic centre and it is well signposted

Entrance of the castle beside a damaged watch tower - this castle lies in the town's historic centre and it is well signposted

Entrance of the castle seen from inside, Tavira was of great importance then because of its fishing and fish salting industry

Entrance of the castle seen from inside, Tavira was of great importance then because of its fishing and fish salting industry

A Muslim castle stood here on the site and it was conquered on July 11 of 1239 by King D. Paio Peres Correia

A Muslim castle stood here on the site and it was conquered on July 11 of 1239 by King D. Paio Peres Correia

In 1242, the castle was granted, by D. King Sancho II, to the Order of the Knights of Santiago

In 1242, the castle was granted, by D. King Sancho II, to the Order of the Knights of Santiago

Many sections of the castle walls are broken and there are no hand rails for protection

Many sections of the castle walls are broken and there are no hand rails for protection

A staircase leads to the battlement of the castle

A staircase leads to the battlement of the castle

The castle was expanded and strength by King Dinis in 1294

The castle was expanded and strength by King Dinis in 1294

Today the castle comprises of four solid stone walls with accessible battlements running along the eastern side of the castle

Today the castle comprises of four solid stone walls with accessible battlements running along the eastern side of the castle

Tower of Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo seen over the castle ramparts

Tower of Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo seen over the castle ramparts

In the Earthquake of 1755, this castle suffered a huge loss and most of the structure fell to the ground

In the Earthquake of 1755, this castle suffered a huge loss and most of the structure fell to the ground

There is no central keep but just the watch towers in the walls of the castle

There is no central keep but just the watch towers in the walls of the castle

Tavira Castle now consists of remains of two square towers, one octagonal tower and walls on three sides.

Tavira Castle now consists of remains of two square towers, one octagonal tower and walls on three sides.

Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo is located next to the castle in Largo Abu Otmane

Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo is located next to the castle in Largo Abu Otmane

This 13th century church alongwith the castle occupies the highest grounds in the city

This 13th century church alongwith the castle occupies the highest grounds in the city

A stunning view of greja de Santa Maria

A stunning view of greja de Santa Maria

Tower of the church with the water tower (Camera Obscura) seen in the back ground

Tower of the church with the water tower (Camera Obscura) seen in the back ground

Steps are quite steep and no hand rails means that it wasn't an easy task to come down from the ramparts

Steps are quite steep and no hand rails means that it wasn't an easy task to come down from the ramparts

Second tower of the Tavira Castle - inside the castle walls there are well maintained gardens but very little descriptive information

Second tower of the Tavira Castle - inside the castle walls there are well maintained gardens but very little descriptive information

Town seen from the Tavira Castle

Town seen from the Tavira Castle

This castle offers great views of the town of Tavira and the mouth of the Gilao River

This castle offers great views of the town of Tavira and the mouth of the Gilao River

One of the best views of the Tavira town

One of the best views of the Tavira town

Hills are to one side of Tavira and salt marshes to the other

Hills are to one side of Tavira and salt marshes to the other

I am not sure about this structure, is it a water wheel or something else

I am not sure about this structure, is it a water wheel or something else

Nowadays, a small garden occupies the central courtyard of the castle

Nowadays, a small garden occupies the central courtyard of the castle

Though small in size but it offers sharde and tranquility to this place

Though small in size but it offers sharde and tranquility to this place

Pomegranate trees inside the garden of the castle

Pomegranate trees inside the garden of the castle

Some of the flower beds in the castle

Some of the flower beds in the castle

It was a hot day in Tavira, and shady garden of the castle was very handy

It was a hot day in Tavira, and shady garden of the castle was very handy

Musicians playing under a tree in the garden of the castle

Musicians playing under a tree in the garden of the castle

A final look at the towers of the Tavira Castle to say him

A final look at the towers of the Tavira Castle to say him "goodbye"