When you rent a holiday apartment in Tavira you will have the opportunity to cook some delicious food for yourself and where better to get your ingredients than the lovely market which you can walk to from the apartment.
There is a daily fresh food market in Tavira town, it is located near the new bridge which spans the river Gilao. It is a covered market and is quite modern.There is a fish section, a meat section and an extensive fresh vegetable section.There is also a delicatessan.
If you would like to get yourself some fish to barbeque there is a bewildering choice. Here are some of the fish available and their english names.Robalo is Sea Bass, Linguada is Dover Sole, Durada is Sea Bream, Salmonete is Red Mullet, Polvo is Octupus and Lula is Squid.
One of the experienced butchers at the market will help you to select a nice piece of meat-frango is chicken, porco-pork, vaca-beef, borrego-lamb and peru is turkey.
Now all you need is some fresh vegetables or salads and a nice bottle of wine.
On the third Saturday of each month there is a large general market where clothes, bric a brac and anything up to the size of small agricultural machinery is sold.
The new shopping Mall is walkable from the apartment situated right near the centre of town, served by the EN125, close to the A22, and the result of an investment of 55 million euros. It has 110 shops , 1100 parking places and five new movie theatres, capable in total of seating 756 people it is a completely digital complex – the first of its kind not only in Portugal, but the entire Iberian peninsular. There is a food court with all the usual takeaway options such as pizza,burgers,chicken,icecream etc as well as lots of ethnic eateries,Mexican,Chinese,Portuguese,Italian,Spanish etc. There is a central seating area for all of the outlets so the family can sit together and all eat something different!
There are many different shops to choose from and also a very large Continente supermarket which has all the fresh food you could want under one roof.
There are several other supermarkets to choose from in Tavira town.
Pingo Doce is situated across the river from the market.There is also a new Pingo Doce near the apartment. When coming in from the A22 when your reach the Velo Vento roundabout take the first exit, drive up this road and you will see it on the right.
Lidl is beside the train station.
Aldi is on one of the roundabouts on the EN125 as you approach Tavira from the Faro direction.
Mini Preco is on a roundabout going on the EN125 in the direction of Vila Real.
This is the newest shopping mall on the Algarve which combines and Ikea and a shopping mall with 85 shops including the largest Primark in Portugal and featuring favourites like Berska,Pull and Bear,Zara,Flying Tiger,Sketchers and Mango to name a few.There is a food court with 25 restaurants, an outdoor play area for children and state of the art 100% laser cinemas.
And as if this was not enough located on the same site there is also a designer village outlet with over 50 fashion and lifestyle shops selling brands such as Guess, Adidas,Tommy Hilfiger,Ecco, Haribo,Puma.Lacoste etc
It is definitely worth a visit if you are a shopaholic,you can spend the whole day there shopping having a meal and catching a movie. It is only a 26 min drive via the A22 taking exit 13. You could also combine it with a trip to Loule market if you really want to shop til you drop!!
Guia Shopping and Entertainment Complex
This complex can be found on the N125 just outside of Albufeira it is just up the road from Zoo Marine and is a modern shopping centre with an excellent range of well known shops, a multiplex cinema and an amazing range of cafes and restaurants on the top floor.Like at Tavira Gran Plaza there is a bewildering array of different food styles to choose from and there is a common dining area for all of the outlets so different members of the family can eat different things and all sit together. If you are spending the day at Zoo Marine you can call in here for food and a bit of shopping before heading back to Tavira.
If you have kids and they are older than 2 then there is a creche on the first floor, just behind the main selection of Restaurants. The creche is exceptionally well fitted out the charges are only around €5.00 per hour.
The cinemas in the Algarve generally show the movies in their original language with portugese subtitles-the exception may be some childrens movies which can be dubbed.Unfortunately the last time we were there Feb 2013 the cinemas were closed.
Staying on the Kids theme the Algarve Guia also has a selection of pushchairs, pedal cars and various other toys available for free hire. There is no need to take your own pushchairs.
All the restaurants have baby chairs and for the best parking head downstairs where your car will stay cool in the hot summer sun.
The shops at the Guia on the Algarve include, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear ,Carroll and Benetton.
The whole centre is open from 09:00 to midnight with the shops open between 10:00am and 10:00pm.
This is another fantastic shopping centre, half in the open and half under cover. It has an excellent selection of recognisable shops, great parking facilities and a multiplex cinema.
All the shops are spread out over just two levels with a large Hipermarket - Jumbo - on the ground floor.
As with the Guia Shopping centre the Forum is very well geared up for the kids. They have pushchairs available for you to use for free, family toilets, baby changing facilities and high chairs in every restaurant and cafe.
Although it is located in Faro City itself it is very easy to find, (head in the general direction of the airport and follow the signs into Faro), and the traffic is not bad either.
There is also a food court here with outlets of all types of cuisine tempting you with tasty food-from fast food burgers and chips,pizza,chinese,Italian and Portugese.There is a common seating area for all the restaurants so you can all sit together to eat.
There is a huge selection of shops and restaurants on offer at the Algarve Forum: the list is too long to print here but they include, Zara, Stradivarius, Benetton, Levis, Oysho, Women´s Secret, FNAC and Imaginarium.
The shops are open every day between 09:00 and 23:00 and in the summer months and leading up to Christmas they are open until Midnight.
For further Information on the Forum Algarve call the customer service desk, (English Speaking) on: 00351 289 88 93 00.
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