Bridge & Walking on Tavira
EASTERN ALGARVE, PORTUGAL
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Exercise your mind and body with this classic holiday combination. During the day you'll have a choice of two walks; either an easier (4-6 miles) or harder route (6-8 miles), both carefully selected to enable you to see the best of the local area. We'll return to the hotel in time to freshen up before the Duplicate Bridge competition in the evening.
- Easy walks of between 4 and 6 miles
- Harder walks of between 6 and 8 miles
- Daily Bridge competition
- Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
- Small prizes offered, for fun
- Great value: all prices include Half Board en-suite accommodation, Bridge fees, EBU qualified Bridge Director, and prizes
- Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our partner hotel
- Expert leader: we carefully select friendly and knowledgeable Bridge Directors for each holiday
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - play Bridge together, eat together and relax together
This friendly 4-star Hotel Vila Galé Tavira is situated on the banks of the Ria Formosa, close to the centre of the charming town of Tavira, which straddles the Rio Galão.
There is an easy walk to the centre of Tavira's shops and sidewalk cafés.
Once sampled the hotel's freshly squeezed orange juice will spoil you for all other fruit juices.
This accommodation is considered 'Best Value' as this hotel is considered value for money without compromising on comfort.
|The hotel has 268 en-suite bedrooms, which are simply decorated with a distinctive Arabian theme to reflect Tavira’s rich and fascinating history.
All rooms have either a balcony or terrace, with either views of the central area and the swimming pool (extra surcharge) or overlooking the attractive rooftops of Tavira or over the salt pans.
There is air conditioning which can be adjusted, flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, shaving point, complimentary toiletries, and a safe deposit box (extra charge).
There is 24 hour room service and a laundry service available (extra charge)
|Hotel Vila Gale has an attractive outdoor pool (unheated) in an area landscaped with attractive shrubs and potted palms. There are loungers and seating where you can have a snack or drink ordered from the nearby bar. In the large bar area there are more comfortable seats.
The hotel has a shop that stocks English newspapers, basic toiletries, some Tavira souvenirs and beach accessories. WiFi is free to our guests in all public areas and available in all bedrooms for a small charge.
The Health Club, open from 10am until 8pm, is free to our guests and includes a tepidarium with indoor pool (naturally lit), Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, gym and some treatment rooms (extra charge for any treatments booked).
Our holidays at Tavira are Half Board with continental breakfast and a 3-course evening meal.
There is an extensive selection for breakfast from a self-select buffet, including breads, pastries and cakes, cold meat and cheese, fruit, English cooked breakfast, teas and coffee.
Lunch (payable locally)
This can be bought locally from the variety of local shops/supermarkets or try visiting the daily covered market across the road from the hotel which offers a wide range of fresh and local produce from the region.
The three course buffet includes soup, tapas, salads, four or five hot main dishes including vegetarian options as well as a separate salad bar and side dishes served with a selection of vegetables. Every night there is a chef grilling meat. The hotel holds some themed evenings which extends to their menus. Vila Galé has its own wine estate and you can order these wines with your evening meal. They can also be purchased to take home.
The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst finding out more about the next day's walks.
The hotel has entertainment each evening and a programme is displayed at reception.
9.30am–3.30pm: A choice of guided walks lead by experienced HF Holidays' walks leaders.
5.00pm-10.30pm: Bridge competition, with a break for the evening meal
You are of course free to opt out of any of the sessions but it would be helpful if you could let your leader know should you decide not to attend any of the evening competitions.
Small prizes will be awarded for competitions held during the holiday.
If you are on your own, there is no need to worry about whom you are going to partner, as partnerships will be arranged when necessary, and may be changed from day to day. Leaders are always happy to play when required and enjoy partnering all guests.
Free day On 7-night holidays there is a free day, on Friday, when you may relax and enjoy the facilities at the Hotel Vila Galé Tavira or to explore the local area independently.
Walks Itinerary: to follow as soon as this is finalised.
Please note, every effort is made to adhere to this itinerary; however there may be circumstances beyond our control which could lead to a change in the programme.
What to bring
Bridge: All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes. EBU Members - don’t forget to bring your EBU membership number to earn Master Points on this holiday.
Walking: To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
Bring a rucksack, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar, and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed). Many guests find walking poles useful, particularly for descents. You may find a thermos flask handy if you like to have a hot drink. Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses and protection cream and a camera are all optional extras you may choose to bring.
An introduction to the area
Tavira is an historial town, protected because of its unique architecture. Working salt pans are a distictive feature of the landscape, still worked today and just a step away from our hotel. Tavira once had a thriving tuna fishing industry and there is still evidence of older red brick buildings, some converted into attractive flats, formerly small warehousing. The chimneys of these buildings have shaped metal covers installed so that storks can nest there and if you are lucky you can seen some inhabited. The houses are painted white and the exteriors covered in patterned, mostly blue, ceramic tiling. The majority of roads are cobbled and from the hotel it is easy to walk along the river, passing some fishing boats into the centre of town. In the centre there are charming little green areas with brightly coloured flowers and purple flowered Jacaranda trees.
There is a small tourist train that operates in Tavira and does a very good "whistle stop" tour around the main sites of the town squeezing itself down the narrow cobbled streets and right up to the top of the hill where you can alight and admire a lovely view. This train runs every hour and is well worth the very reasonable fare especially as it stops right outside our hotel. See reception for further details.
There are two pedestrian bridges where you can sit and watch the local fisherman standing in the river searching for mussels.
Shops & facilities:
There are several banks in Tavira and an ATM just opposite the hotel entrance. Towards the main square you will find a post office and don’t miss out on visiting the colourful local market held every day except Sunday (7am until 3pm) located across the road at the rear of the hotel. This market sells honey, fish, meat and a range of flowers and vegetables. Walking around the exterior of this market there are many small cafes where you can sit and drink coffee and soft drinks and sample a local pastry. Walk along rows of traditional Portuguese “town” houses you will find lots of shops to browse in and then sit in a pretty garden or square or seek refreshment in a nearby café.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Faro airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 45 minutes to the Hotel Vila Galé Tavira.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Dates & Prices
|28 Apr 2018||
EABRW - Bridge & Walking Tavira
Flight - Outbound
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|28 Apr 2018||
EABRW - Bridge & Walking Tavira
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|28 Apr 2018||EABRW - Bridge & Walking Tavia - Without Flights||7||£769.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double rooms for sole occupancy: £8 per night
- Seaview: £7 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person