Tavira benefits from tourism, which is the primary region economy, Fishing was primary the industry before the decline due to the changing migration patterns of tuna fish.
Tavira is a Portuguese town and municipality, capital of the Costa do Acantilado, situated in the east of the Algarve on the south coast of Portugal.
The Population of Tavira is around 27,000, as of 2019
Tavira is twinned with: Morocco Kenitra; Łańcut, Poland; Perpignan, France; Porto Novo, Cape Verde; Punta Umbría, Spain& San Bartolomé de la Torre, Spain.
Administratively, the municipality is divided into 6 civil parishes: Conceição e Cabanas de Tavira; Cachopo; Luz de Tavira e Santo Estêvão; Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo; Santa Luzia & Tavira (Santa Maria e Santiago).
Tavira’s origins date back to the Late Bronze Age.
In the 8th century BC, it became one of the first Phoenician settlements in the Iberian West.
It is thought its original name was Baal Saphon, named after the Phoenician Thunder and Sea god. This name later became Balsa.
The Gilão River meets the Atlantic Ocean in Tavira.
The Moorish occupation of Tavira between the 8th and 13th centuries left its mark on the agriculture, architecture, and culture of the area.
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