The Beach Hut & Seashell Studio - The local area and links

Click  the links at the bottom of the page for more local information.


CABANAS DE TAVIRA is situated around 7km east of Tavira, on a tidal estuary within the famous Ria Formosa Natural Reserve. Cabanas derives its name from the huts (cabanas) that were erected during the early 18th century by Tavira tuna fishermen to store their fishing gear.  The fishermen eventually began building permanent houses for themselves - and the fishing village of 'Cabanas de Tavira' was born.


Cabanas is now a thriving village, located in the unspoilt Eastern Algarve,  offering everything for a relaxing holiday.  In addition to the excellent choice of restaurants and cafes, there's a daily market, Post Office, craft shops, supermarkets, laundry, banks, ATM, car hire, bicycle hire, public transport and of course all surrounded by sea and nature.  Fishing still plays a major role in the economy of Cabanas and there are around 1,000 permanent residents.



Cabanas Beach

A fabulous beach of beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters, it's a haven of tranquility and never very crowded as there is no access by road. Reached by a fun, two-minute boat ride across the sparkling waters of the estuary, Cabanas beach holds the European Blue Flag - there's a restaurant, bar, showers, toilets, sunshades,  watersports, plus Lifeguard during the Summer.  The sea water temperature is on average 2 degrees warmer than the Western Algarve,  it's truly a special beach - kilometres of soft, white sand, seashells and natural unspoilt beauty...perfect for your holiday!


TAVIRA -  a visit to this vibrant historic town is a must.

One of the most attractive and interesting towns in the Algarve, Tavira boasts around 20 of the Algarve’s finest historic churches.  There is so much to see and do here;  art galleries, markets, restaurants, gardens and pavement cafes,  there's never a dull moment.    With its Roman Bridge and distinctive architecture, it's a lively place,  and there's a strong sense of the real Portugal. The riverside is a great location to watch the world go by... sample the superb fish restaurants, or simply chill out with a cooling drink.

You can reach Tavira on foot (45 minutes)  along the traffic-free Ecovia, by car (10 minutes),  or by local bus from the bus stop.



the Ecovia for walkers and cyclists spans the length of the Algarve and runs through Cabanas village. From the BeachHut and Seashell Studio you can join the Ecovia to Tavira (60 mins on foot) or in the other direction to Cacela Velha (120 mins on foot)   Bicycles can be hired at the Golden Clube reception, or in the village,  or online before you arrive if you want to try the Ecovia on two wheels.




BOAT TOURS depart from the village boardwalk just a 4 minute walk from the apartment -  try a tour of the Ria Formosa Lagoons.  Even if you're not a bird watcher you'll love the gentle pace and the enthralling views of nature and water.  For something different you can book a water taxi to Tavira for some shopping and sightseeing, and get the taxi to collect you later.

There´s always something happening on the water!  Check the links below for guided tours and boat trips.


The Ria Formosa Natural park is a protected Nature Reserve and one of the most important Wetlands in the world -  for the avid birdwatchers there are several resident experts in this area who offer guided birdwatching tours on foot or by boat...see the links below or ask us for details.

Or just pack a picnic, binoculars and a camera and set off along the water's edge.



Click on the links below for more on this beautiful unspoilt region of Portugal