Ilha de Tavira already has a temporary pier, while a new one is built

Construction of the new pier costs 2,5 million euros

The temporary pier on Ilha de Tavira, which will operate while the construction work on the new pier is underway, was installed this Monday, April 15, and will allow access to this bathing area during the summer season.

The construction works on the new wharf started a few weeks ago, but its execution period is 12 months, so the contract will not be ready in time for the summer.

In August 2017, when the tripartite protocol between Sociedade Polis Ria Formosa, Câmara de Tavira and Docapesca was signed, which defined the financing model for the work, which costs 2,5 million euros, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment he guaranteed that, despite the construction of the new pier taking place during the summer, it would be possible to access Ilha de Tavira, by boat, «with comfort».

The intervention, which has been claimed for a long time, will improve "the conditions of comfort and safety" for users of the Island and foresees not only the creation of a new wharf, with four distinct boarding areas, but also intervening in the waterfront ramp for access of vehicles, on the side of the Island.

Future wharf of Ilha de Tavira

The project foresees the removal of the current wharf and its replacement by a multipurpose structure. The idea is to “strengthen the pier for loading/unloading passengers and loading/unloading”, while adding new lighting, according to Sociedade Polis.

On the dock itself, four distinct areas will be created. Two of them are intended for career boats, with one of the areas serving the river line that departs from Tavira and the other that departs from the 4 Águas. The other pontoons will be used for loading and unloading and for the use of taxi boats and maritime tourism companies.

The other intervention area, where the slipway ramp will be installed, is right in front of the Cais das 4 Águas, an area accessible by vehicles from the island – currently, this is where the island's garbage is collected, to bring him to the mainland.

The intervention also includes dredging, to facilitate maneuvers in front of the new wharf, and the placement of solar panels.