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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 beaches..so 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.
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.
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.