Tavira is a small town on the Algarve coast of Portugal. It extends along the river Gilão, that arrives to the sea through the entrances of the lagoons of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. The Island of Tavira has a long sandy beach and salinas that attract flamingos, spoonbills and other wading birds. In the center, the medieval castle of Tavira offers views of the city. The Church of Santa Maria do Castelo houses the tombs of 7 knights killed by the Moors.