A building at the banks of River Gilao in Tavira

A building at the banks of River Gilao in Tavira

A beautiful exterior of a house at Rua Borda d`Água da Asseca

A beautiful exterior of a house at Rua Borda d`Água da Asseca

A closer look at the azulejos used at the front of the house

A closer look at the azulejos used at the front of the house

Rua Borda d`Água da Asseca comes to this arch which seems to have a house above it

Rua Borda d`Água da Asseca comes to this arch which seems to have a house above it

Looking left to the Roman Bridge, is Rua 5 de Outubro and Rua António Cabreira

Looking left to the Roman Bridge, is Rua 5 de Outubro and Rua António Cabreira

A sign beside the Roman Bridge shows the Route of al-Mutamid (1040–1095) - he was the third and last ruler of the Abbadid in Seville

A sign beside the Roman Bridge shows the Route of al-Mutamid (1040–1095) - he was the third and last ruler of the Abbadid in Seville

Praça da República (the Republic square) is filled with cafe and tourists, it is the place of happening

Praça da República (the Republic square) is filled with cafe and tourists, it is the place of happening

In the past, slaves were traded along with less ignominious commodities such as fish and fruit in this square

In the past, slaves were traded along with less ignominious commodities such as fish and fruit in this square

After crossing the bridge, to the left (next to the Republic Square) lies a park, called Jardim Público de Tavira

After crossing the bridge, to the left (next to the Republic Square) lies a park, called Jardim Público de Tavira

This is a small but well maintained park and it also offers great views of the river

This is a small but well maintained park and it also offers great views of the river

This Public Garden is also known as Jardim do Coreto and it is the oldest public park in the city

This Public Garden is also known as Jardim do Coreto and it is the oldest public park in the city

There are many benches in the park to sit down and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings

There are many benches in the park to sit down and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings

All of the benches were decorated with the theme 'dieto Mediterranica' (the Mediterranean Diet)

All of the benches were decorated with the theme 'dieto Mediterranica' (the Mediterranean Diet)

This bench is decorated with an olive tree and its fruit, in the background other crops can also be seen

This bench is decorated with an olive tree and its fruit, in the background other crops can also be seen

In the middle of the park stands an octagonal Bandstand

In the middle of the park stands an octagonal Bandstand

Around Bandstand, there is a small pond (sometimes referred as a lake) which houses some fish and reptiles

Around Bandstand, there is a small pond (sometimes referred as a lake) which houses some fish and reptiles

Various local festivals are held in this park and it's a meeting point for city inhabitants

Various local festivals are held in this park and it's a meeting point for city inhabitants

A quiet street of Travessa Dom Brites starts from the Public Garden

A quiet street of Travessa Dom Brites starts from the Public Garden

Tavira lies only 28 kilometres from Faro, though this city is small but very rich in history

Tavira lies only 28 kilometres from Faro, though this city is small but very rich in history

This town was conquered from the Moors on July 11 of 1239 by King D. Paio Peres Correia during the Reconquest of Algarve

This town was conquered from the Moors on July 11 of 1239 by King D. Paio Peres Correia during the Reconquest of Algarve

This is where city gate used to exist in the medieval times

This is where city gate used to exist in the medieval times

Church of Misericórdia is located at Travessa da Fonte, Rua da Galeria, it was built between 1541 and 1551

Church of Misericórdia is located at Travessa da Fonte, Rua da Galeria, it was built between 1541 and 1551

Narrow streets of Tavira, these streets are like any other town in Portugal which is a cultural mix of the Muslim rule in Portugal

Narrow streets of Tavira, these streets are like any other town in Portugal which is a cultural mix of the Muslim rule in Portugal

During the Muslim period, this city was known as Tabira and Portugal was known as Gharb al-Andalus

During the Muslim period, this city was known as Tabira and Portugal was known as Gharb al-Andalus

Largo Abu-Otmane (Abu Osman Square) is where Tavira Castle and Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo stand

Largo Abu-Otmane (Abu Osman Square) is where Tavira Castle and Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo stand

Exterior of the Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo, this is a 13th-century Gothic Church

Exterior of the Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo, this is a 13th-century Gothic Church

This church is built on the site of an old Muslim mosque in the 13th century

This church is built on the site of an old Muslim mosque in the 13th century

Changes were made to this church after the1755 earthquake

Changes were made to this church after the1755 earthquake

A wonderful view of the Santa Maria Church, seen from the Tavira Castle

A wonderful view of the Santa Maria Church, seen from the Tavira Castle

Entrance to the church was through a small side door

Entrance to the church was through a small side door

Inside is a plaque marking the tomb of Dom Paio Peres Correia, who won the town back from the Moors

Inside is a plaque marking the tomb of Dom Paio Peres Correia, who won the town back from the Moors

I tried hard but was unable to locate the tomb and there was no one around to help

I tried hard but was unable to locate the tomb and there was no one around to help

Inside, there are some impressive works of art

Inside, there are some impressive works of art

Seven Christian knights whose murder by the Muslim, resulted an attck on Tavira by the Christian forces

Seven Christian knights whose murder by the Muslim, resulted an attck on Tavira by the Christian forces

These seven crosses mark the death and also tombs of the knights in the church

These seven crosses mark the death and also tombs of the knights in the church

This one appears to be a tomb but there was no information about it

This one appears to be a tomb but there was no information about it

After visiting the church, I walked downhill to see the town

After visiting the church, I walked downhill to see the town

A big chunk of the city walls rises above a house

A big chunk of the city walls rises above a house

Few metres down the road, I saw few more fragments of the defensive wall

Few metres down the road, I saw few more fragments of the defensive wall

Facade of the Church of Santiago, this church dates to the second half of the thirteenth century built on the site of an old mosque

Facade of the Church of Santiago, this church dates to the second half of the thirteenth century built on the site of an old mosque

There is a second door, which provides access to the main altar of the church but there was a mass in progress so I didn't go inside

There is a second door, which provides access to the main altar of the church but there was a mass in progress so I didn't go inside

The Rooster of Barcelos on display in one of the tourist shops

The Rooster of Barcelos on display in one of the tourist shops

These cups are made to look like that they were made of azulejos

These cups are made to look like that they were made of azulejos

A cluster of old buildings - I had free time on my hand so I decided to roam around in the streets

A cluster of old buildings - I had free time on my hand so I decided to roam around in the streets

Tavira is a compact city and most of its tourist spots can be reached in no time

Tavira is a compact city and most of its tourist spots can be reached in no time

Church of São Francisco is located at Praça Zacarias Guerreiro - it was built between 1250 and 1330

Church of São Francisco is located at Praça Zacarias Guerreiro - it was built between 1250 and 1330

The foundation of the church is attributed to the Knights Templar and it was given to the Franciscan Order in 1312

The foundation of the church is attributed to the Knights Templar and it was given to the Franciscan Order in 1312

This church had suffered earthquakes in 1722 and 1755, a collapse in 1840 and a massive fire in 1881

This church had suffered earthquakes in 1722 and 1755, a collapse in 1840 and a massive fire in 1881

Now, it is cooler in the late afternoon and cafes are busy in the Republic square

Now, it is cooler in the late afternoon and cafes are busy in the Republic square

The breeze had picked up and hot sun was less effective as compred to earlier in the day

The breeze had picked up and hot sun was less effective as compred to earlier in the day

Now, it was time for me to leave Tavira and head to my next destination, Mertola

Now, it was time for me to leave Tavira and head to my next destination, Mertola

A tower like structure at Rua Gonçalo Velho is named as Camara Municipal, current Municpal building is at the Republic Square

A tower like structure at Rua Gonçalo Velho is named as Camara Municipal, current Municpal building is at the Republic Square

To shorten my walk to the car park, i waked through the bus station of Tavira

To shorten my walk to the car park, i waked through the bus station of Tavira

I left my car here earlier in the day, a free public car park - happy days!

I left my car here earlier in the day, a free public car park - happy days!