Gale, Algarve, Portugal

Gale is a tranquil beach resort, comprising mainly villa accommodation and boasting 5km of sandy beach which stretches past the Salgados Golf Course and on to Armacao de Pera.

The resort offers many beach bars and restaurants, cliff top walks and a quiet and laid back atmosphere with the option of the Albufeira nightlife a short taxi ride away.


Gale is ideal for a relaxing beach holiday with the option of watersports at the beach, Praia de Gale and, easy access to golf, shopping and leisure attractions such as Zoo Marine and the Slide and Splash waterpark.

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Gale Hotels (15)

Well equipped self-catering apartments, set around the swimming pool in the Vale de Parra area, approx 2km from Gale beach....

Located close to the beach of Sao Rafael on the outskirts of Albufeira, this deluxe hotel has modern furnishings, panoramic elevators and a good range of facilities on-site including indoor and outdoo...

The Glenridge Beach and Golf Resort is a small complex of 29 apartments situated in a central location for easy access to the beach, nearby golf courses and resort centre....

The Vila Gale Atlantico Hotel is located just 300m from the Gale Beach, offering guests comfortable accommodation with access to indoor and outdoor pools, a childrens pool, a games room and a health c...

Offering good value for money, the Maritur Hotel provides a comfortable base for exploring the Algarve. Facilities at the hotel includes indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi, gym and tennis court....

Well equipped accommodation with two, three and four bedroom villas, perfect for a family self-catering holiday next to the Salgados Golf Course and close to the beach....

Situated on the outskirts of Albufeira, the Sao Rafael Atlantico Hotel is set on a cliff top overlooking the Sao Rafael beach, providing comfortable and well equipped guest rooms, along with 3 outdoor...

A small hotel offering great value for money with comfortable accommodation within easy reach of two beaches....

The Salgados Palace Hotel is situated beside the Salgados Golf Course and just a short walk from the Salgados beach and the Salgados Lagoon. This 5-star hotel offers comfortable guest accommodation, w...

Overlooking the Gale Beach, the Vila Gale Praia Hotel is an adult only property offering comfortable guest accommodation and access to an outdoor pool and a health club with jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish...

The Baia Grande Hotel is located in Sesmarias on the outskirts of Albufeira (approx 3km away) and around 1km from the Praia da Coelha beach....

Located close to the Salgados Golf Course and just under 1km from the long sandy beach of Salgados, the Bayside Salgados offers simple self-catering accommodation with a friendly atmosphere....

The one and two bedroom apartments at the Ponte Grande Resort offer comfortable accommodation with access to an outdoor swimming pool, kids pool, mini-golf, giant chess and a playground....

The hotel is located in front of the Salgados beach accessed by wooden walkways and is adjacent to the Salgados golf course, a family friendly property with facilities for both adults and children to ...

The Vila Channa Hotel is an adult only hotel with 18 guest rooms over 3 floors. The hotel offers simple accommodation approx 800m from the beach....


There are 3 beaches in Gale, one of which is said to be one of the best in the Algarve. The main beach is a long stretch of golden sand with sunbeds for hire and a selection of watersports available. There are beachside cafes and bars for refreshments during the day or indeed at night. The beaches here are all supervised by a lifeguard during the summer season.

Gale Oeste is a continuation of the long stretch of sands and is backed by sand dunes. Again there are sunbeds for hire, watersports and a beach restaurant. There is a car park behind the beach and there are boarded walkways with ramps for easy access for wheelchair users and buggies for children. There are also special beach buggies available for disabled visitors.

Lorenco beach is a small sandy bay which is surrounded by shallow rock formations. There is a carpark here and there is good access for disabled visitors.

Things to Do

Gale is a pretty resort with shady orange groves and ancient figs trees but there really isn't a lot going on, life is generally centred around the beach.

If you want a break from the beach then you can grab a taxi and visit nearby Albufeira for a spot of shopping or perhaps just a wander.

Out and About

There are a couple of supermarkets in Gale so you will not be stuck for the basics. There are also a few little shops dotted around the resort. The shops in Gale are ok for food and holiday essentials but if you are looking for something specific, you may want to head to the large shopping mall which is approx 7km away and is home to a large supermarket and some designer shops for those who need their shopping fix.

There is a decent selection of bars and restaurants in Gale, some of which are positioned down at the beach. No matter what your taste or budget is, I'm sure you will find something to your liking.

If it's a party atmosphere you are after then this place is not for you but a good selection of bars and nightclubs can be found in Albufeira which is just a short drive away.

Nearby Attractions

As well has having a good selection of shops, the Algarve Shopping centre also has a cinema and ten pin bowling, so there is plenty to keep everyone occupied if shopping is not your thing.

Zoo Marine is just 15 minutes away and is also a great day out, offering many different attractions and activities and even the opportunity to swim with dolphins. The park can get busy so it is advisable to pre book the dolphin experience.

Although there are a couple of waterparks nearby, Slide and Splash Water Park in Lagoa is certainly worth a visit. It is open from April to October and offers great fun for all the family. The park is said to be one of the biggest waterparks in Europe and offers a variety of slides and attractions for everyone to enjoy.

The area is very popular with golfers and you will find many quality golf courses in the vicinity.

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