T is for the Tavira Vase

Now this may not be what you’re expecting, but I’m well aware that I’ve filled pages with the delights of Tavira, in Portugal’s Algarve.  So I thought I’d dedicate my “T” post to something I find quite intriguing- the Tavira Vase.

As I walk around Tavira I’m constantly aware of renovation work going on.  Many of the older buildings have been painstakingly restored, the Galeria Palace being a prime example.

At the reverse of the building, excavation has been in progress for some time.  A long promised museum, dedicated to locally discovered Islamic Art, finally opened in April last year.  On display are fragments of many of the mosaics originally incorporated into local buildings.

The centrepiece of the museum is the Tavira Vase, and I include the link as it explains the function far better than I am able to.  My husband describes it as a water feature, but then, he would!  http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;pt;Mus01_C;9;en

The museum is situated behind the Tourist Information Office.  It’s a shame that the information displayed is all in Portuguese, however there is a video with English subtitles to give you a historical overview.  I found it moved at too rapid a pace, and would have liked a little more detail.  It’s a good start, however, and as I wander Tavira’s streets now, I’m more able to visualise how once it might have looked.

If you’re not familiar with Tavira, then please let me introduce you.  I fall in love with it all over again when I read this post.

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  1. Hi Jo… we had a string going a month or so ago about me possibly going to the Algarve… Tavira, in particular!

    It looks like it may well happen so I was wondering if you could please help with some advice about long term rentals. I will initially only need a bachelor or one room place… within walking distance of the filling stations on the west side of the town along the N125, in the Sao Pedro area. I hope you can help! Thanks a million in advance!!

    Cheers, AJ


    1. Hi there 🙂 Sorry- I was listening to a debate on the EU referendum. Still making my mind up 😦 I am really not the best person to advise you about rentals because I’ve never been in the market. We bought our home through a company called Land and Houses in Tavira. They are now part of Yellow Homes in Almancil. They do have long term rentals but I don’t know if you would get the best deal there. If you look at Portugal News online newspaper there are a number of sources, including Yellow Homes, that you could check out. I don’t want to give you bad advice. A highly regarded local solicitor Rui Horta might be able to give you good advice, though he deals primarily in litigation. Hoping this gives you a start point. I don’t actually know anyone with property to let at the moment.

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