The quiet residential area of Gale is located on the Algarve coast. It is home to three gorgeous beaches and a collection of restaurants, bars, and shops. It is perfect for a relaxing holiday, yet is only a short distance from the busy town of Albufeira. For those looking to be near but not necessarily in Albufeira, a holiday apartment or villa in Gale is a good option. HomeAway has got a number of apartments in Gale, including Gale beach apartments and those with WI-FI. Secluded villas in Gale with private pools are also just a click away.
Gale is less than 1.5 miles from the Albufeira Old Town and Marina. These two spots are must-see sites: the Old Town with its cobbled streets and the brightly coloured marina. HomeAway has also got affordable villas and apartments in this area. HomeAway also offers a selection of comfortable rental accommodations in Faro, and travellers hoping to find a place to stay further west along the Algarve coast should look no further than the rental houses and apartments in Carvoeiro.
Praia da Gale Oeste:
The Gale Oeste beach is a long stretch of golden sand with a backdrop of soft dunes. A beach restaurant takes care of hunger and thirst, and sun beds are available. One unique offer: special dune buggies are available to help bring disabled visitors to the beach.
Praia da Gale Leste:
Another one of Gale's beaches, the Gale Leste is characterised by rocky outcrops and sheltered coves. This beach is a bit more secluded than the others, making it a good option for those craving some rest and relaxation. There are two beach restaurants here.
This marine life park is found in the town of Guia, about six miles from Albufeira and Gale. Seal and dolphin shows are held regularly throughout the year, a 4D cinema shows films pertaining to marine life, and there are a number of swimming pools and snack bars to ensure a full and fun day out.
Albufeira Old Town:
This part of Albufeira is located near the Fisherman's Beach. It is full of cosy cafés and restaurants, and the narrow cobblestone streets and whitewashed buildings exemplify the old style of this region. The Clock Tower, the symbol of Albufeira, is also located here. There are also numerous shops selling local goods as well as everyday necessities.
The Albufeira Strip:
The ever-popular Sao Joao sector of Albufeira is the place to go for those who want to eat, drink, and dance. This hot spot is popular with locals and tourists alike. The strip is lined with all kinds of bars, clubs, and restaurants, making it a fun destination.
The 18th-century church of St. Sebastian in Albufeira is not only a place of worship, but also home to the Museum of Sacred Art. Visitors can see 16th-century stone sculptures, a large collection of paintings, and wooden icons of saints. It is also a nice place to beat the heat on a hot summer day.
Gale enjoys a warm climate the whole year through. In July and August temperatures average about 28-30°C. The days are full of sunshine and rainfall is quite rare. The warm temperatures extend well into late September and October. Winters in Gale are mild. Temperatures rarely go below 10°C and average around 15°C most of the season. Rain is most common in December and February.
Gale is located approximately 31 miles from Faro International Airport (FAO). To reach Gale, hiring a car is a popular option. There are several agencies located at the airport, though pre-arranging can save time and money. For those who wish to take the bus, it is possible to reach Gale from Faro, but requires a transfer in Albufeira.