Tavira, in the eastern Algarve, has an almost Mediterranean feel. The town was founded by the Phoenicians and later occupied by the Romans and the Visigoths. When the Visigoth King Rodrigo was defeated by the Arabs in 711, Tavira became a Muslim town for five centuries until the Portuguese conquered it in 1242. Nowadays, like the majority of coastal towns, Tavira specializes in the art of making visitors welcome. In addition to tourism, the town’s traditional activities, salt and fishing, still survive.