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The History Of The Surrounding Areas Of Tavira In Algarve

Jul 8, 2008
The history of Cabanas (Huts in english) begins in 1734, when the tuna fishing was considered one of the main activities, originating the creation of the first indispensable huts in the place to store the fishing equipments and to the enlarge the company.
For more than 20 years we just heard about the huts as seasonal residence, however, only about 1757 some fishermen opted to build their houses permanently.

On June 21, 1997, Cabanas were constituted as freguesias. On April 19, 2004, it was raised to town. The religious patron of this population is Nossa Senhora do Mar.

Strongly linked to the fishing arts, these freguesias has an area of 3.480 hectares and a population of 1.106 inhabitants, although this number increases in summer, because of the tourist development of the town.

Nowadays, the freguesias continues to dedicate to the fishing, contributing to the enrichment of the local gastronomy, with products as the tuna. In spite of that, Cabanas also live of the tourism, being the freguesias of the council that receive more visitors along the year.

The touristy development happened in 1973, when Cabanas saw to be born the first hotel unit: Aldeamento Pedras da Rainha.

The construction of this infrastructure for besides allowing the tourists arrival made possible the creation of a high number of workstations, since then the great bet was and it is also the tourism.

Today, Cabanas has a rich natural patrimony, like its fauna and flora and with the lodgings and restaurants that it maintains, providing to all true moments of well being and satisfaction.

The octopus and the tourism
With about 430 hectares, Santa Luzia is the smallest freguesia of the council of Tavira, its population is about 1.700 inhabitants.

Located about two kilometres from Tavira, this town carries in its essence the habits and the knowledge of the people of the sea.

The history says that Santa Luzia was born in 1577 by the initiative of the fishermen, when a dedicated small chapel was built for a saint with the same name, Sicilian martyr and protector of the ones that suffer of the eyes.

Santa Luzia became like this, the patron of the freguesia. The history and the tradition of the town were always linked to the sea, being the tuna the main product since 1842.

Starting from 1927, the fishermen began to dedicate to the fishing of the octopus, what contributed to make the place to be considered the capital of the octopus. Today, this freguesia also lives from the tourism. Santa Luzia provides to all their visitors true moments of harmony and well being.

Conceicaos life
Nowadays, Conceicaos is known by being a peace and well being place. The first references about Conceicaos existence date from 1518, in a report from that year, by the visitors of Santiagos Order.

With an area of 6.483 hectares, Conceicao has 1.514 inhabitants and 28 inhabited hills, besides the main population. This placed is only five kilometres from the council headquarters.

The economics activities of the population are based on the agriculture, building, trade, craftsmanship and tourism, but in spite of its growth, in terms of urban area, Conceicao has been preserving the calm of the highland area.

In the freguesia it is possible to appreciate the delicacies of the good gastronomy, with many specialties of the area.

The surroundings of Tavira are worth to be discovered.
About the Author
Oliveira is the webmaster of http://www.eastalgarve-properties.com and http://www.silver-coast-properties.net, two sites that offers a wide range of useful and helpful information about properties in Algarve and properties in the Silver Coast.
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