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“Not in the same class” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Praia Gale

Praia Gale
Estrada da Gale, Albufeira, Portugal
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Ranked #13 of 99 things to do in Albufeira
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“Not in the same class”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The competition among beaches in the Algarve is the toughest in the world, equivalent to La Liga, The Championship, or Serie A in the world of Soccer. So to be merely average is no mean feat, but for sheer scenic beauty, Gale is in the same league but not in the same class as those to the East ( Sao Rafael, Coelho, Castello and Everisto) ------ and those to the East around Carviero, Praia da Rocha, Alvor, and Lagos. Unlike these others, it is not a cove, because it is bounded by rocks only on the East side. To the West, it is just a rolling plain of sand all the way to Armaceo de Pera ------ good for swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles. It also offers a very flat and hassle-free road walk just above the sand dunes that Golden Oldies will find well within their failing capacities, where they can loosen up the arthritic limbs and take in the intoxicating perfumes of the sea. But for beauty, excitement, and a good stiff walk, go elsewhere. Parking is generally ample, and refreshment centres are within easy access.

Visited March 2013
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“Very nice beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

This beach is also very nice, having a lot of white sand great for walking or just wanting to relax on the beach and get some of Algarve's magnificent sunshine!

Visited February 2013
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south wales
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“Great beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Praia Gale is the longest beach in the area, the others are small, rocky coves ( all fabulous). You have the added attraction of the conservation area behind the beach. Easy to walk around on the boardwalks where you can see pink flamingoes( although they appear white to me!) very, very quite in February even on a sunny day, so lovely and peaceful and great for walking along.Good beach bars/restaurants reasonable priced. Can't wait to go back.

Visited February 2013
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“Fantastic family beach,clean”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I know this beach pretty well and it is ideal for families as you can park easily next to the beach and their are toilet facilities and restaurants if you need one. Lovely clean beaches and small alcoves with rock formations. There is the upmarket villa joy in this area.

Visited March 2013
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“untypical beach for this section of the algarve”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

praia gale is completely different in relation to all the small from steep coast enclosed bays we visited before. the beach has no steep coast but small beach sections, because big rocks are distributed around. the currents could be very strong and it is necessary to take attention. there is no vegetation around and a parasol and sunprotection is absolutely necessary. we arrived there in the afternoon and the beach was not so full like on other places. it is better to stay on the beachside, because in the near backland construction ruines blight on the environment. during our stay we saw nicer places than praia gale.

Visited September 2012
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