We did decide to leave the hotel and much to our delight the rest of Tavira is as wonderful. After a visit to the castle and an attempt to see the salt flats from the road, we hopped on a ferry to the Isle de Tavira. The ferry took us down the river and past the salt flats and estuaries that are home to flamingos, storks, herons and pelicans to the mostly deserted, clothing optional beaches on Tavira de Isle. (mostly deserted because its the end of the season; lucky us.)
I will forever remember the sight of a flamingo in flight with its neck and feet stretched out to full length and huge pink and black wings flapping this “stick” along.