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Guided history walks in English around Tavira

Algarve historian Peter Kingdon Booker is leading three walks in Tavira next month: February 7 “Walled Town”, February 14 “Medieval Town” and February 21 “Northern Suburbs”. The meeting point is always the town’s Roman Bridge, at 11am.

Peter has devised three areas for historical walks in Tavira. The first will cover the walled town on the hill, and include the Roman Bridge, the Câmara building, the castle and the walls. He will discuss the churches and religious buildings within the walls and finish the tour back at the riverside.

In walk “number two”, Peter will tell of the demolitions which permit the Praça da República to appear as it does today, and of the gardens in the centre of the southern edge of Tavira, before moving back towards the centre, past the old jail.

The last walk is on the other side of the river, and will show the flood markers, the governor’s residence and the churches of the northern suburb, passing the chapel formerly devoted to those suffering from leprosy – of course on the boundary of the old town – and finishing at one of Tavira’s unsung examples of civic charity and generosity.

In 2008, Peter decided that he would study and give lectures in English on the history of Portugal. He noticed that many expatriates that he had met knew little about the country to which they had emigrated.

A former exhibitioner in Modern History at Pembroke College Cambridge, Peter has now delivered well over 200 lectures in the Algarve, in Lisbon and in London on subjects related to Portuguese History and a few on Portuguese culture. He says that his favourite “non-historical subject” is Fado.

The walks are organised by the Algarve History Association, of which Peter is a co-founder along with his wife Lynne.

Registration costs €2.50.

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