Book your room at Hotel Vila Galé Albacora
Nature-park hotel in former tuna-fishing village
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River meets estuary
Occupying a former tuna-fishing village, this secluded hotel faces the confluence of a river and an estuary in Ria Formosa Natural Park 3 km from Tavira.
Bird watch, bicycle
In addition to swimming in outdoor and indoor pools and taking a five-minute boat trip to Tavira Island's ocean beach, guests bird watch and bicycle amid miles of salt marshes and ponds.
Patios with blossoms
Casual, contemporary guestrooms located in renovated one-story buildings formerly used by tuna fishers feature patios fringed by flowering bushes and tile bathrooms with marble vanities.Information missing or incorrect? Tell us!
Hotel Vila Galé Albacora
Opened in 2001, the hotel comprises a restored village that was used by tuna fishers from 1881 until the tuna stopped arriving in 1972. Grounds include a museum displaying a scale model of the elaborate net system fishers used, boat and ship models, typical fishers' dress, and a video of tuna-fishing activity. The grounds also include the village's chapel, a tranquil retreat featuring a wood ceiling, delicate wrought-iron chandeliers, a stained glass window, and a lower wall clad in blue-and-white tiles.
There is a daily surcharge for access to the health club area, including the indoor pool, spa tub, steam room, and fitness room, which is equipped with weight machines and cardio machines. The health club also contains a massage room.
Complimentary children's activities are offered during the summer, both outdoors and in the former village's schoolhouse. Babysitting/child care is available, for a fee. A lobby computer provides high-speed Internet access (surcharge), and complimentary wireless Internet access is available in common areas.
- Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
- Number of restaurants - 2
- Free Wi-Fi
- Indoor pool
- Outdoor pool
- Children's pool
- Spa tub
- Spa treatment room(s)
- Steam room
- Concierge services
- Health club
- Meeting rooms
- Conference space
- Total number of rooms - 162
- Multilingual staff
- 24-hour front desk
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Fireplace in lobby
- Arcade/game room
- Number of floors - 1
- Supervised childcare/activities
- Free self parking
- Connecting/adjoining rooms available
- Room service (24 hours)
- Climate control
- Air conditioning
- Blackout drapes/curtains
- Daily housekeeping
- Complimentary toiletries
- Hair dryer
- Shower/tub combination
- In-room childcare (surcharge)
- Satellite TV service
- In-room safe
- Rollaway/extra beds available
- Cribs/infant beds available
Where to Eat
Salinas - Spacious dining room with terra-cotta-tile floor, dark-wood furniture, and table linens. Buffet dinner nightly. Sandwiches, salads, light meals for lunch.
Grill Flor-de-Sal - Candle-lit fine-dining restaurant located in former home of tuna-fishing-village chief and consisting of a series of intimate salons, some with river views. Original terra-cotta-and-cream tile floor. Dinner service nightly from à la carte menu of Portuguese classics, including tuna steaks.
Quatro Águas Bar - Bar/lounge with wood-burning fireplace, leather seating, televisions. Sandwiches, salads, light meals. Live music nightly.
Nearby Things to Do
Shaped like a four-leaf clover, an outdoor swimming pool measuring roughly 26 meters (85 feet square) and a 3.5-meter (12-ft-square) children's pool provide warm-weather family recreation.
A health club (surcharge) features a 11.5-by-5.5-meter (38-by-18-ft) heated indoor pool and a four-person spa tub surrounded by cushioned deck chairs in a skylighted pavilion.
For a surcharge, a boat transports guests on a five-minute trip from a dock 100 meters (109 yards) from the hotel across a river (Rio Gilão) and an estuary (Ria Formosa) to Tavira Island, where they then walk a few hundred yards to the beach on the island's ocean side. In summer, independent operators offer watersports on the beach, including water skiing, kayaking, and windsurfing.
The hotel provides discounts at three golf courses, the nearest 2.5 km (1.5 mi) away and the farthest 10 km (6.25 mi).
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
- Golfing nearby
- Windsurfing nearby
- Water skiing nearby
- Aerobics on site
- Bicycle rentals on site
- Hiking/biking trails on site
- Playground on site
To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.
- Accessible path of travel
- Accessible bathroom
- Accessible parking
- In-room accessibility
Check-in time starts at 2 PM
Check-out time is noon
You need to know
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
- Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: EUR 3 per hour (rates may vary)
- A facilities fee includes use of:
We should mention
The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.