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Tunes

Tunes in Central Algarve the village of Tunes comes under the district of Silves.

Many say that the village got its name from settlers from Tunis (Tunisia). The village was insignificant in the 1700s it was not even mentioned on the William Faden maps of Portugal. (William Faden was a well-known map drawer of Europe); even in 1797 when nearby small villages of Algoz and Porches were included on maps.

Tunes came into its own in the 1890s when Portugal had the first railway in 1856 in Lisbon. The village has a coat of arms that has the steam train incorporated.

With the need to expand to the far reaches of the Algarve was now seen as being important. Due to the farming and millers in the area, as well as the fishing industry the Algarve was famous for.  The warm Atlantic waters and many varieties of different fish especially Tuna. It later produced a huge income for the Algarve with Tuna being one of the first fish canned in the 1900s.

The village today is divided in two, by the railway line of four tracks wide with a direct link to Lisbon in around 4 hours running twice a day. Tunes went from slow diesel trains to the fast express trains of electric in the year 2000.  Also one of very few trains that has dedicated wheelchair hoists, and dedicated disabled carriages.


The village has charm as one expects from the Algarve. The old metal water tower stands as a reminder that the town grew from the days of the steam train, when the need to fill trains with water at regular intervals to produce the steam.

Tunes have a good undercover daily market, for fresh fish and vegetables as well as daily baked bread. Found on the same side of the village held along the street, is a monthly market held on the 4th Saturday of the month. Selling mainly shoes, clothes and household items. If traveling by car head towards the A22 to reach the other side of the village. There are plenty of shops, and a good choice of Restaurants including a popular India restaurant. In 2013 the village merged its council with the village of Algoz. The main village hall is found in the center of Algoz, giving any information needed about Tunes.


One half of Tunes Old water tower