Praia Gale

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Lesterbeach
Winnipeg, Canada4,216 contributions
Solo
There are two nice beaches in Guia, Laurenco and Gale. Laurenco has beautiful cliffs but little parking and this year the water was high so you couldn’t really stay on the beach most days. Gale on the other hand is much more developed, with more parking and a restaurant. Access is easy to the beach with few steps but you can walk to the east along the beach and get some shelter in beautiful cliffs.
Written February 26, 2020
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hugheskevin5
Chepstow, UK182 contributions
Friends
Yes visited in May, but stay to “left” of main beach & you can find cosy alcoves & beautiful rock pool scenery. In high season too busy, but “pre” & “post” high season (May/Jun & Sep/Oct) definitely worth a visit. Lovely set of restaurants also.
Written May 9, 2022
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BrianML
Chichester, UK934 contributions
Couples
My wife and I walk the full length of this beach (about 5km) and back at least 4 times a week. We park the car at either Os Salgados or at Gale. At low tide, the sand is fairly flat and you can walk past Gale towards Albufeira, to see the strange beach rock formations. Walking towards Armação de Pera, you eventually come to a stretch of beach which is a permissive nudist beach, where you will see lots of elderly men (and the occasional woman) walking along the shoreline or popping up in the sand dunes. Locally they are referred to as Meerkats! Near the Armação beach you will come to Carlos beach bar, where there are toilets, and good coffee.

If the tide is high, you can walk behind the sand dunes on the board walk, which overlooks the Salgados wetlands, a haven for migratory birds.
Written November 2, 2020
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Peggy L
Pera, Portugal219 contributions
Beautiful and unusual beach dotted with huge 20-30 foot high boulders interspersed with smooth sandy beaches. Large number of intact shells for gathering. Two close café/bars and 2 surf schools. Plenty of parking. One of our favorite beaches.
Written January 15, 2020
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tinkle_24
Northampton, UK1,479 contributions
Definitely a worthwhile walk from east to west or vice versa. About halfway you pass Salgados Beach/ nature reserve. The strong waves roll in but walking on firm sand is a great pleasure.
Written February 17, 2020
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ADAM1998
GALE206 contributions
GALE BEACH AND AREA.
Just 4 Km west of the old town of Albufeira, is Gale (pronounced Gar-lay) which has developed from l agriculture 25 years ago to a residential area of villas and some low- rise hotels, although there are still lots of greenery with orange groves, olive trees, fig trees and vineyards.
Gale beach is on a small headland, with other beaches to the right (West) and left (east) of it which you can walk to. On Gale beach, there are 3 bar/ restaurants. The beach is made up of soft sand and is safe for children. It has all the usual water sports one could expect in the summer time. From November to March it is very quiet and you can walk west, along the Ocean edge, to Amacao De Pera. This walk is about 5 Km along soft sand dunes with the Nature reserve of Salgados on your right. At the end you will arrive at the fishermen boats and then the town and its shops.
Turning left (east) on Gale beach, the scenery changes entirely, with small cliffs and rock formations where people regularly fish from. The cliffs form a nice intimate cove to give a safe and natural wind break, where children can play in the crashing waves or explore the rock pools. From here it is possible to clamber over the rock and head east to as far aa Sao Rafael beach passing Sao Luurenco –Eveiristo –Castello and Cohelha beaches, each with their own beach restaurants and character. In between these beaches are lots of small sandy coves, where you can sit for hours undisturbed and the cliff walks between these beaches makes you feel you are on some desert island by the natural flower and fauna.
Gale beach is at the end of the Estrada de Gale EN 1282, the coast road from Albufiera town. Leaving the beach, on to this road, you have the hotel villa gale a low rise property. On your right is Vila Joya, a Boutique hotel with a 2** Michelin restaurant. It is in its own grounds behind high walls. I have never been in, because it is very expensive, and you need to book well in advance. But it has a awesome reputation and one day, if I win the lottery. I may take my wife there. Once past these, it is all villas along the road, some new, some not so new. After 50 m you arrive at a roundabout. Turn right here and it brings you to Sao Lauranco beach. Again it has its own restaurant (closed in winter) safe sandy beaches to enjoy, and lots of rock pools to keep the kids entertained. All these beaches are blue flag and beautiful and they change character, looks and style continuously by the tide and the weather but always interesting and always beautiful.
Back from this roundabout, straight in front is to Albufiera , while to the left inland takes you to Guia ( the home of Sir Cliff Richard and his vineyards and the birth place of chicken Piri Piri and Algarve shopping malls) about 6Km away. In between the route is a mixture of rural farms villas and low rise condominiums and restaurants one excellent one is Sao Domingoes a family run business and open all the year around but there are many more.
Back to the Gale roundabout and this time straight on towards Albufiera you now pass villas and small condominiums on both sides and several turnings on your right leading to the beach. It is worth taking all these turnings as they all have interesting sights to see that you would never see from the road and would be a shame to miss.
Next you come to a small cross roads and a bar (Por Do Sol) that has been there years and is used as a point of direction. To the left, is the road to Vale De Para and has supermarkets and restaurants along it. )Jomphra is a particularly good and well recommended one) Just past the Por Do Sol is a turning on your right which leads down to Castillo and Everisto beaches. Again these beaches both have restaurants.
After the cross roads, the area changes its name to Sesmarias and equally has lots of villas and beach turnings all the way to the old town of Albufiera past turnings for Coelha and Sao Rafael beaches and through the Marina.
Back to the general description of Gale ,it is a family area with lots of family run restaurants where children are treated as VIPs and welcomed everywhere. And there are lots of interesting lanes and turnings, for you to explore through the many orange groves.
Written September 7, 2010
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nanagrampy1
Oxford, UK123 contributions
We visited here so many times. The beach is absolutely lovely and the best part is the restaurants - which is why I am writing this review.

We ate in one which is along the beach that stretches out for miles which was OK but not excellent. One however, we ate in 3 times and it was superb. It is on the road looking over the same long beach that stretches miles towards the west. Here the sea bass and all the other fish was cooked to perfection and it was really cheap. The waiters were not the most experienced ever but created a really wonderful atmosphere. I would reccomend it to everybody.
Written August 8, 2011
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Draycott18
Nottinghamshire, UK157 contributions
One of the nicest beaches I have been on. Lovely soft sand and gentle slope into the sea, although the sea can have a pretty strong pull when going out. There are plenty of shells to collect in the long stretch from Praia Gale to Armacao de Pera. It is clean and pretty, especially in the evening when the sun sets.

At the Gale end, as already mentioned, there are 3 restaurants, each opening early in the morning serving breakfast and open til late in the evening.

As a tip, take the path behind the Restaurant Praia Da Gale, which leads to a boadwalk after about 500m. This boadwalk takes you to several drop off points on the beach as well as to the complex in Salgado. If you take this boadwalk, you get to go one third of the way to Armacao de Pera on wood rather than sand.
Written April 7, 2012
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segal1
Bristol, UK66 contributions
Gale is a wonderful place for a family holiday if you want a quiet place with a beautiful beach.
There are three restaurants right on the beachfront, all very good value.
There is a huge supermarket- Apolinas which is quite expensive but they do a takeaway menu which is fantastic value and definately worth trying.
We stayed in villa magali- a villaplus accomodation, five minutes from beach and supermarket, 4 en suite bedrooms and pool and used yellowfish transfers for transfer, again good value. All in all a good holiday, not a lot to do but we just wanted to relax with the family.
Written July 20, 2014
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Kiwifruit86
Wellingborough, UK82 contributions
Family
A very lovely beach, suitable for young families. Lovely beach bars along the top. 15 euros for two sun beds and a parasol. Clean beach and warm sea. Beautiful views from the beach bars.
Written July 9, 2018
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