Tavira wants to enhance maritime heritage with new octopus and tuna routes

«Valuing maritime heritage, culture, local history and its people» are some of the objectives

Tavira offers two new tourist routes – for octopus and tuna – with the aim of «discussing the history and knowledge of this community, as well as enhancing the maritime heritage, culture, local history and its people». 

These routes, designed under the Mar 2020 project, are part of the Mediterranean Diet Safeguard Plan, with a view, according to the Municipality, to «the expansion of educational programs and economic diversification, namely in terms of qualification of the tourist offer» .

The Octopus Route invites you to travel through Santa Luzia, on a route with 10 stops, where at each point the history of this fishing village is revealed, over the centuries, as well as the wealth of fishing gear, boats and the essence of this community with strong river and maritime traditions.

«By following the indications on each plaque, it is possible to learn more about the biology of the octopus, the unavoidable personalities of the village, the history behind the streets and buildings, as well as the way in which Santa Luzian society was organized in terms of religion, health and teaching", explains the municipality.

The Tuna Route unveils, on the spot, the history of fishing for this fish in the Algarve region, more specifically in the frame of the Fisheries Company “Três Irmãos” or Barril.

«At Barril beach, it is possible to see a unique example of the preservation of a housing cluster related to this fishery. There are nine mandatory stopping points that allow you to discover more about the importance of bluefin tuna, in the diet, since antiquity, its role in the Algarve economy, the working method in the context of armament and the day-to-day of the festival» , clarifies the Municipality in a note.