Gale Beach

Gale Beach featuring a sandy beach, general coastal views and swimming
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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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Hotel Vila Galé Atlântico
Hotel Vila Galé Atlântico
4 out of 5
Apartado 2436, Praia da Gale, Albufeira, 8200 - 995
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The price is £142 per night from 14 Jul to 15 Jul
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Hotel Vila Galé Atlântico
VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve
VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve
5 out of 5
Herdade dos Salgados, Rua Boca da Alagoa Lote 1 Fase 2, Albufeira, 8200-424
The price is £254 per night from 7 Jul to 8 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Albufeira. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
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VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve
Salgados Dunas Suite
Salgados Dunas Suite
5 out of 5
Herdade dos Salgados, Rua Boca da Alagoa, Guia, Albufeira, Algarve, 8200 424
The price is £192 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
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Hotel Vila Galé Atlântico
Hotel Vila Galé Atlântico
4 out of 5
Apartado 2436, Praia da Gale, Albufeira, 8200 - 995
The price is £142 per night from 14 Jul to 15 Jul
Hotel Vila Galé Atlântico
VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve
VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve
5 out of 5
Herdade dos Salgados, Rua Boca da Alagoa Lote 1 Fase 2, Albufeira, 8200-424
The price is £254 per night from 7 Jul to 8 Jul
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Salgados Dunas Suite
Salgados Dunas Suite
5 out of 5
Herdade dos Salgados, Rua Boca da Alagoa, Guia, Albufeira, Algarve, 8200 424
The price is £192 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Salgados Dunas Suite
Salgados Beach Villas
Salgados Beach Villas
Herdade dos Salgados, Rua Boca da Alagoa, Lote1, Fase 2, Albufeira, 8200-424
The price is £442 per night from 22 Jul to 23 Jul
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Regency Salgados Hotel & Spa
Regency Salgados Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Estrada dos Salgados, Albufeira, 8200-428
The price is £225 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
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Hotel Vila Gale Praia
Hotel Vila Gale Praia
4 out of 5
Praia da Gale s/n, Apt. 2204, Albufeira, 8200 - 917
The price is £172 per night from 8 Jul to 9 Jul
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W Algarve
5 out of 5
Estrada da Galé, Sesmarias, Albufeira, 8200-285
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Salgados Palace
Salgados Palace
5 out of 5
Herdade dos Salgados Resort Rua do Golf, Guia, Albufeira, 8200-424
The price is £317 per night from 25 Jul to 26 Jul
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Salgados Palm Village - All Inclusive
Salgados Palm Village - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Herdade dos Salgados Resort, Guia, Albufeira, 8200-424
The price is £262 per night from 7 Jul to 8 Jul
Salgados Palm Village - All Inclusive
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