Whilst the development of the Algarve boomed in the west the eastern Algarve remained undeveloped. Beyond the marshes and salt pans of the Rio Formosa there is a coast of long sandy beaches and unspoilt countryside. Gateway to this hidden Algarve is Tavira, market town and fishing port.
From Tavira to the frontier with Spain at the wide mouth of the Guadiana the coast is marked by long beaches of golden sand.
To the east of Tavira around the village of Cabanas modern resorts provide family styled accommodation. If you like sun baked days on the beach or beside the pool then this may be an area to consider. However there is not so much to do here as elsewhere on the Algarve.
To make the best of your holiday and have a wider choice of restaurants a hire car is well recommended. The best prices are to be found by hiring direct on the internet rather than through a holiday company.
2000 saw the opening of the eastern Algarves first golf course at Benamor to the east of Tavira.
Being so close to the border its easy to take a trip to Spain. A ferry crosses the river from Vila Real to the Spanish town of Ayamonte.