Things to do in Gale Portugal

me and Lise

My little family of 4  have just come back from staying in the beautiful Villa Henriques in Gale Portugal. Such a gorgeous property and in such a stunning location we were actually quite heartbroken to leave. Such a happy and peaceful place.

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We really enjoyed our time in Gale and here’s what we got up to there and some links to other activities you may be interested in.

The beaches

Gale is a lovely quiet area with 3 really beautiful beaches. We spent a lot of time on the beaches at Gale because they are simply breathtaking and unspoilt. Our favourite was…

Praia do Manuel Lourenço

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Lourenço beach is  small, and sandy bay with rock pools and rock formations just perfect for exploring. There is a cafe and beautiful glass restaurant overlooking it and it has a small car park and great access. When we were there this beach wasn’t busy at all and it felt like we had stumbled on a little slice of paradise.

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Praia da Galé Oeste

Galé Oeste is a lovely and very long stretch of sandy beach. There is a beach restaurant, lots of watersports and a lovely restaurant and large car park. We found this the perfect spot to watch the sun go down.

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Praia da Galé Leste

Along Galé Leste there are various rocky areas and perfect little coves…a lovely beach if you prefer things less busy and your scenery a little wilder.

So that is the beautiful gorgeous we didn’t do much else!

We self catered mainly as our lovely villa was so well equipped but we did try a couple of the local beach restaurants an they were quite lovely to eat at. In the the residential area, there are restaurants, bars and supermarkets. It’s not a busy bustling place but has a lovely gentle and friendly place.

We liked Gale a lot!



Albufeira is a short taxi or bus ride away and is both busy and bustling. If you are looking for  a place to party and a traditional old town to wander Albufeira does off the best of both world. It’s just a 10-15 minute drive away. We caught a cab from Gale which was easier to do and we actually did this several times as we were so close to amenities we didn’t see the need to hire a car.


Albufeira was full of traditional shops,, spectacular churches, lovely restaurants ans great places to drink coffee and soak up the upbeat atmosphere. As a family Gale was much more up our street but if i was 18 again Albufeira would be a fun destination.

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The Marina

A 10 minute drive form Gale brings you to the marina and oh it delightful. Lots of candy coloured building s and a huge selection of beautiful boats. lovely places to eat and trips to go out on. We went out to search for dolphins and to look in the caves along the coast line. Very sadly and unusually we didn’t find dolphins that day but we did have an awesome boat ride and the caves were just majesticl. Lots of different boat trips run at varying prices. We went with Black Runner and for a family of 4 we paid about €100. Our skipper Pedro was fun and reassuring and despite zipping along at speed the boat felt 100% safe. Do book don’t just turn up as they book up really fast.


Slide and Splash

Slide and Splash is considered one of the best and biggest water park in Europe, My kids certainly had an awesome day there and I really enjoyed relaxing and watching them! It’s a large, adventurous and well maintained water park and the kids had just so much fun. Its about a 25 minute drive form Gale in Lagoa. It costs around 70 euros for us all to go in.

Worth every penny.

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Nearby you can also find…..


Fiesa ( International sand sculpture show)




and so much more.

Gale and the area round it is beautiful and rugged natural and spectacular. There are a host of activities on your doorstep too if that is more your thing. We highly rate the area.


We stayed in Gale with Villas 4 You who have beautiful villas in the Algarve  and across Europe.





  1. Kerry
    April 4, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Is slide and splash better than aqua land??? which is closer to Gale? x

  2. March 24, 2017 / 7:33 am

    The pictures are beautiful. If there is a chance, Postugal will be my honeymoon destination next month.

  3. Caroline
    August 16, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    Looks beautiful.. We are a family of 9 going to Gale beginning of September. Are the supermarkets close to the villas or are the taxis ok to pick you up from them if only a short distance ? This is our 4 th time to Portugal in a villa just love the place

    • August 18, 2016 / 11:01 am

      We could walk easily form our villa. have a fun trip!

  4. jane gurr
    June 17, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Were off to Gale next week in a villa and so excited after seeing your pictures.Is the journey easy from airport as were hiring a car.Thanks

    • June 17, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Hi Jane…we didn’t hire a car and got a transfer with yellow fish who collected us from the airport and took us back so can’t really say. It was about 30-40 minutes I think. Hope you have a fabulous time

    • becky
      June 26, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      The colours are just fabulous aren’t they Liz

  5. June 26, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    WOW – never been to Portugal, however I’m hearing amazing things about it, one of my clients has their shoes made there – it’s all very ethical!
    Your photos are amazing – truly, and that blue sky is calling to me, come to Portugal!! 🙂
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    • becky
      June 26, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      ah Ali would suit you definitely x

    • becky
      June 26, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      Oh it really was

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