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Galé Beach

Come to this family-friendly beach to enjoy long walks, explore rock pools, go swimming and watch sunsets from the terrace of a bar.

The golden sand, inviting water and picturesque backdrop of Galé Beach (Praia da Galé) is quintessential of the Algarve’s coastline. The beach is the eastern section of a stretch of uninterrupted coastline that runs for around 3 miles (5 kilometers) to the village of Armação de Pêra. 

This pretty beach is split into two distinct areas. Galé Beach (East) is the easternmost and busier area, where you can rent umbrellas and sun loungers. Its curious rock formations are distinctive of the Algarve and great for snapping souvenir photos. Have fun walking through the tunnels and spotting fish in the natural rock pools, which appear when the tide goes out. 

A selection of bars and restaurants line the road at the back of the beach. They fill up early in the evening with visitors eager to witness the remarkable sunset. You can also purchase drinks and ice creams from the vendors that patrol the beach.

Wander along the seashore to Galé Beach (West) and bask on a more secluded area. Here there’s nothing but you, the sand, dunes and ocean. The water is safe for swimming the entire length of the beach. 

The beach is a 20-minute drive east of Albufeira. Free parking is available at the entrance to Galé Beach (East), although spaces are limited during the summer months. A public bus service operates between Albufeira and the Galé village. 

There is a range of accommodations at Galé Beach. If you are feeling energetic, walk the full distance to Armação de Pêra via Salgados Beach. See the remains of the Fort of Armação de Pêra and join a guided boat tour to hidden caves and grottos. Allow about 1 hour for the walk.


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VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve

Herdade dos Salgados, Rua Boca da Alagoa Lote 1 Fase 2, Albufeira
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Albufeira resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Herdade dos Salgados Golf and Salgados Beach. Sao Rafael Beach and Gale Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Hotel Vila Gale Praia £166
    Hotel Vila Gale Praia

    Hotel Vila Gale Praia

    Praia da Gale s/n, Apt. 2204, Albufeira
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manuel Lourenco Beach and Gale Beach. Sao Rafael Beach and Salgados Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Apartment With 2 Bedrooms in Guia, With Pool Access, Enclosed Garden and Wifi - 500 m From the Beach £1,589
      Apartment With 2 Bedrooms in Guia, With Pool Access, Enclosed Garden and Wifi - 500 m From the Beach

      Apartment With 2 Bedrooms in Guia, With Pool Access, Enclosed Garden and Wifi - 500 m From the Beach

      Rua da Boca da Alagoa, Albufeira, Faro District
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Albufeira, this golf apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Salgados Beach and Gale Beach. Sao Rafael Beach is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

        Salgados Dunas Suite £179
        Salgados Dunas Suite

        Salgados Dunas Suite

        Herdade dos Salgados, Rua Boca da Alagoa, Guia, Albufeira, Algarve
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Albufeira, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Salgados Beach and Herdade dos Salgados Golf. Salgados Lagoon Observation Deck and Manuel Lourenco Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Salgados Palm Village - All Inclusive £286
          Salgados Palm Village - All Inclusive

          Salgados Palm Village - All Inclusive

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Albufeira property is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Salgados Beach and Gale Beach. Sao Rafael Beach is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

            Vila Monte Galé 16
            Vila Monte Galé 16

            Vila Monte Galé 16

            Estrada dos Salgados, Urbanização Monte Galé, Lote 16, Albufeira
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the sea, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Gale Beach and Salgados Beach. Sao Rafael Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

              Vila Monte Galé 24
              Vila Monte Galé 24

              Vila Monte Galé 24

              Estrada dos Salgados, Urbanização Monte Galé Lote 24, Albufeira
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Gale Beach and Salgados Beach. Sao Rafael Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

                Salgados Beach Vila das Lagoas £162
                Salgados Beach Vila das Lagoas

                Salgados Beach Vila das Lagoas

                Herdade dos Salgados, Vila das Lagoas, Guia, Albufeira
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Albufeira aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Salgados Beach and Gale Beach. Sao Rafael Beach is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.