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Things to do in Gale Portugal

Things to do in Gale Portugal – a look at all the things to see and do


Things to do in Gale Portugal, a look at this beautiful part of the Algarve it's beaches, restaurtants aand places to stay as well as activities #gale #potuga; #algarve

Things to do in Gale Portugal


Things to do in Gale Portugal – top tips

Are you looking for things to do in Gale Portugal. if you are you have come to the right place – we are HUGE fans and have just had the best holiday there. We have actually been a fair few times so I can assure you we do know what we are talking about. It really is a dream of a vacation spot and absolutely perfect for families. 


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A holiday to Gale Portugal

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. This really has been the absolute trip of a lifetime and I have been recommending it to absolutely everybody who will listen to me!


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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 plus a host of things to do in Glae portugal


Gale Portugal weather

The weather in Gale has been absolutely lovely each time we have visited from April through to June. You can take a peek at todays weather and for a few weeks ahead right  here


 The beaches in Gale Portugal are awesome

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

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Praia da Galé Leste – things to do in Gale Portugal

Honestly it is the beaches for the win when it comes to things to do

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! and in fact that suited me fine it meant we didn’t spend too much extra money and it meant t we really rested and relaxed and bonded too.

If you are considering  car rental Portugal really is a gorgeous place to explore from vineyards to beaches, villages and mountains I would highly recommend it. 

Restaurants in Gale Portugal

We self-catered mainly as our lovely villa was so well equipped but we did try a couple of the local beach restaurants and they were quite lovely to eat at.

In the residential area, there are restaurants, bars and supermarkets. It is absolutely the prime spot to take a holiday – we really cannot overstate this it is fabulous. 

There are however some fabulous restaurants in Gale Portugal including several fish and pizza restaurants and of course, the Michelin starred Villa Joya. Pop one over here to see a full list of the 10 top restaurants in Gale

It’s not a busy bustling place but has a lovely gentle and friendly place.


We liked Gale a lot!



Things to do in Gale – Visit Albufeira

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.




Things to do in Albufeira

Albufeira was full of traditional shops,, spectacular churches, lovely restaurants and 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 near Gale Portugal

A 10-minute drive from 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 coastline. Very sadly and unusually we didn’t find dolphins that day but we did have an awesome boat ride and the caves were just majestic. 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. and it woudl be such a shame this has to be one of the very best things to do

 Things to do in Gale Portugal

Things to do in Gale – Slide and Splash Portugal

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. It’s about a 25-minute drive from Gale in Lagoa. It costs around 70 euros for us all to go in.

Worth every penny.

It is also a brilliant way to cool down under the hot Potufgese sun but do not forget your sunscreen!

One of our most favourite things to do in Gale.


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The beaches are EVERYTHING in Gale and as you can see from the restaurant list there are wonderful places to eat too. Lttle else happens there but really what on earth else do you need!



Other things to do in Gale and nearby 

Nearby you can also find…..


Fiesta ( International sand sculpture show)




and so much more.

Gale and the area around 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.


Villas in Gale Portugal

We stayed in Gale with James Villas who have beautiful villas in the Algarve and across Europe. Gale Portugal is one of our most favourite places absolutely EVER and you can find a range of Villas there by Looking on the James Villa website


Gale Portugal Hotels

If hotels are more your kind of thing you can find a range of hotels in Gale by looking here

So that is our little summary of things to do in gorgeous Gale Portugal. Such a heavenly holiday destination. If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy my holiday cycling guide to the Algarve

You might also like my post on the benefits of a villa holiday


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

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

  2. Kho Lạnh
    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

    • becky
      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

    • becky
      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

  5. June 27, 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Those beaches are beautiful – so secluded!

    I love those bright pottery bowls!

  6. June 26, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Ok I am sold! The mix of beautiful sandy beaches and rock pools, the exploring the local cultural and definitely the water park! And I so want to stay in a Villa.

  7. June 26, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    We loved out trip to Portugal a few years ago, it’s such a beautiful country.

    I came home with a few of those brightly coloured bowls too!

    • becky
      June 26, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      The colours are just fabulous aren’t they Liz

  8. Alison Cliff
    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!! 🙂

    • becky
      June 26, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      ah Ali would suit you definitely x

  9. Helen
    June 26, 2015 / 9:14 am

    I have to confess to feeling mightily jealous of your photos while you were away. It all just looks so peaceful and relaxing.

    • becky
      June 26, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      Oh it really was

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