|Holidays in an elegant 18th Century
Bombarda House is an elegant bourgeois townhouse constructed in the late 18th century, some years after the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 which devastated most of the Algarve.
From 2011 to 2013 the house was skillfully restored with an eye to conserving the original architectural details while also conforming to Portuguese building regulations, amongst the strictest and most modern of Europe.
in the historic center of Tavira, on quiet Rua Dr. Miguel
Bombarda (click here
for Google Map), the house is 3 minutes’ walk from
the central square and
Roman bridge, and 10 minutes’ walk to the ferry to the beach on the
Island of Tavira. Both the train station (trains to Faro take 30
and connect to the airport bus) and the bus station are also close by,
within easy walking distance, so reaching the house without a car is no
The advantages of being in the centre of town are many: older children can roam around town by themselves, and adults can enjoy their wine in the riverside restaurants and cafés without worrying about driving home.
Number 67 is an elegant first-floor apartment of 110m2, with tall ceilings, beech floors, 2 bedrooms (one with a queen-sized bed, the other with twin beds, sleeping 4 in total), a large sunny covered veranda, an open-air terrace for meals outside, 2 balconies, a kitchen, a large living / dining room, 1 bathroom, and a charming copa.
What is a copa? It’s the Portuguese name for a tiny room giving onto the street and located over the central stairway. Its traditional function was to light the stairs, and also to provide the old women of the family with a snug place where they could keep an eye on the street, gossip about what they saw, and sew in the good light. Now the copa has a desk and chair, for working or letter-writing at the ‘helm’ of the house.
The furniture and decoration are pretty, and in keeping with the age and style of the house. Paintings, mirrors, plants, ceiling fans and some antique furniture give the place a gracious and old-fashioned air. The distribution of the rooms is the original, as are most of the doors and windows, and those tiles and other features that could be salvaged.
No 67, rua Rua Dr. Miguel Bombarda, Tavira 8800-419, East Algarve, Portugal
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