Holidays in an elegant 18th Century Townhouse

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.


Located 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 mins 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 problem.

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.

facade detailstairway to 67
Hallway 67terrace door
terraceveranda and terrace
Kitchen 1copa
kitchen 2

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.

master bedroomCopa
second bedroomsecond bedroom
sitting roomsitting room 3
sitting room
copasitting room detail
outside veranda
No 67, rua Rua Dr. Miguel Bombarda, Tavira 8800-419, East Algarve, Portugal

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