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.
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