Galé in Albufeira...Uncovered!
Galé in Albufeira, central Algarve, is a quiet residential area about 5kms west of Albufeira old town. The are some great hotels in Galé, to suit all budgets, three gorgeous beaches and a scattering of restaurants, bars and shops. It is perfect for a relaxing, peaceful holiday and also only a short drive from the nightlife in Albufeira.
With three Galé beaches to choose from, there is plenty of beach for everyone, from picturesque rocky coves to long stretches of golden sand. They are all supervised by a lifeguard during the beach season and classed as accessible beaches making them perfect for anyone with mobility issues or disability. The question is, which Galé beach will you choose?
Praia da Galé Oeste
Galé Oeste is a continuation of the long stretch of sands backed by gentle dunes that start at Armação de Pêra. There is a beach restaurant, sunbeds to hire and watersports. There is a large car park behind Galé Oeste with disabled parking bays and boarded walkways with ramps to the beach and beach restaurant. There are also special beach buggies available for disabled visitors.
Praia da Galé Leste
Along Galé Leste there are various rocky outcrops which at the eastern end form sheltered, secluded coves. There is a large car park just a short distance from the beach and a very small parking area right behind the 2 beach restaurants in front of the Vila Galé Praia hotel.
Praia do Manuel Lourenço
Lourenço beach is a small, sheltered sandy bay surrounded by shallow rock formations just to the east of Galé beach. There is a small carpark right behind the beach with reserved spaces for disabled visitors and access both to the restaurant and beach via wooden walkways and ramps.
Galé hotels, villas and apartments
There are several hotels in Galé, including hotels with self-catering apartments that are ideal for family holidays to Albufeira. There are also plenty of private Galé villas and apartments to rent, many within easy reach of the beach, restaurants and shops. Galé hotels and complexes with apartments include:
- Vila Joya 5* hotel - 2 star michelin restaurant, bar, gardens, tennis, Spa with saunas, steam bath and heated outdoor jacuzzi, outdoor pool, overlooking the sea.
- Vila Gale Praia 4* hotel - restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, tennis, spa, fitness centre, free shuttle into Albufeira, few steps from the beach. Peaceful setting...great reviews!
- Vila Gale Atlantico 4* apartments - self catering apartments for up to 4 people, heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, two outdoor pools, children's playground, health club, restaurant, bar
- Villas Rufino - self catering studios and 2 bed villas surrounded by gardens, outdoor pool, tennis.
Supermarkets in Galé
There are a couple of supermarkets in Galé, the main one being "Supermercado Apolónia". Apolónia is open daily from 09.00 to 20.00 and stocks everything you need for your holiday, including a vast range of imported goodies catering for all nationalities! There is also "Oceano supermercado" in the Salgados Village complex and several mini-mercados dotted around including one near "The View Bar and Diner" and another near Vila Galé Atlantico Hotel.
Bars and Restaurants in Galé
There is a good choice of bars and restaurants in Galé, including restaurants at Galé beach and Manuel Lourenço beach and several more - "Quinta da Gale" (Bar - Grill- Pizzeria), "Pôr do Sol Restaurant and Cocktail Bar", "The View Bar and Diner", "The Curry Club" and "O Amigo Restaurant and Snack Bar" within approximately a 1km stretch from the Galé Mar apartments heading towards Albufeira . For anyone looking for a special dining experience then look no further than the Michelin 2 Star Vila Joya restaurant opposite Vila Galé Praia hotel.