Located on the quieter side of the Algarve, our luxury villas in Gale and Vale de Parra are perfect for holidaymakers that want to enjoy their stay at a gentler pace. In our range of one to six-bedroom properties, you can take it easy, enjoying your own private pool or getting the family together for a game of tennis.
While Gale, Vale de Parra and Guia is one of the quieter regions in the Algarve, many tourists flock to the streets of Gale to buy souvenirs at the Algarve shopping centre or swim with dolphins at the Zoomarine Water Park. Gale is also home to some of the Algarve’s most impressive beaches, lined with bars and restaurants to keep you refreshed during your hard day of relaxing.
When the sun finally begins to drop in Gale, Vale de Parra and Guia, holidaymakers can return to their luxury villa and enjoy the privacy in their own secluded gardens as they cook up a storm in the luxury kitchens or barbecues. We also have a range of Algarve villas within resorts that offer shared pools, gyms and wellbeing centres, as well as restaurants where you can be treated to exquisite local cuisine by experienced chefs every night.
Vale da Parra and Gale
Vale de Parra and Gale are peaceful residential areas, with lots of lovely holiday villas and apartments, and a wide range of restaurants and cafes. It is here you will find the impressive Vidamar resort, situated next to the Salgados golf course - which is a challenging 18 hole golf course with water on almost every hole!
Close by to Vale de Parra is the developing and colourful marina of Albufeira, where there are a selection of waterside restaurants, cafes and bars overlooking the marina boats and yachts.
Along this stretch of coastline you will find some of the Algarve’s very best beaches. The beaches nearGale, Vale da ParraandGuiabroadly fit into two categories. Gloriously wide, tourist friendly expanses of sand and the more intimate coves that are bigger on caves and stunning rock formation but smaller on facilities and convenience.
The broad and invitingSalgadosandGalefit firmly in the first camp whereasSao Rafael,Castelo,Coelha, Praia do Manuel LourençoandEvaristoare more representative of the latter. However the idea of these smaller beaches having fewer facilities is relative. On every beach you will find at least one restaurant and beach bar, offering snacks and sumptuous seafood dishes.
The inland villages ofVale de Parra and Guia are also very close and accessible to theold townandbeachesofAlbufeira, which is just a short drive or taxi journey away.
Vale do Parra, which roughly translates to Valley of the Grapevines, is a peaceful inland village nestled among vineyards and citrus trees. Gale on the other hand is a coastal resort. Both are quiet places, with just a few shops and restaurants.However, despite their contrasting descriptions, they are just minutes away from each other and their proximity to the attractions in the area make Vale do Parra or Gale well placed relaxing, residential areas, close to the livelyAlbufeira.
A good example of the superior location of Vale da Parra and Gale is their proximity to a plethora of family friendly venues in the Algarve. The interactive zoo and waterparksZoomarineandAqualand, the bar and amusement parkScoobys Pool Bar, the equestrian centreCentro Hipico Quinta Da Saudadeand the high octaneAzumit Paintballare all within 10 minutes.
If for whatever reason this selection doesn’t do it for you the zoo/theme parkKrazy World, the huge waterparkSlide and Splashand tree top assault course and paintball venueParque Aventuraare all within 20 minutes.
Vale da Parra and Gale
There is plenty in the area for nature fans to enjoy. The freshwater wetlands ofLagoa dos Salgadosare close by. This eco-tourism hub has become one of the most rewarding and sought-after birding hotspots with its numerous flamingos, waterfowl and other aquatic birds. Also some of the Algarve’s best beaches are within easy reach of Vale de Parra and Gale. Here you can contrast the rocky secludedCoelhaandLourençowith the long stretches of golden sand atGalé.
There are some fantastic eateries in or close to Vale do Parra and Gale which are well worth a visit too. The house turned restaurantSão Domingoswith its quirky backstory and well-reviewed food and the converted farm house-come-restaurantRestaurante & Bar Quinta da Saudadenear the riding school are not just dining experiences. They, like the Indian restaurantRestaurante Jompra,have spectacular designs to compliment the well-loved food and are all a short taxi ride away. For even more choice, just 10 minutes away is the charming village ofGuia, home of the popular spicy piri-piri chicken restaurants and theAlgarve Shopping centre.
For those looking for a lively night there isPlanet Fusionwithin walking distance of the centre of Vale do Parra of Gale.However for a wider selection of both restaurants and nightlifeAlbufeira’s Marinaand iconic Strip are a 10-15 minute taxi ride away.
Gale, Vale de Parra and Guia are peaceful residential areas compared to the livelier resorts nearby. However being the Algarve you are still within a stone’s throw of a beautiful and challenging golf course.
Less than ten minutes’ drive away from Gale, Vale de Parra and Guia, next toPraia Dos SalgadosandSalgados Lagoon Nature Reserve,theSalgados GCis a cracking 18-hole course linking the dunes to the sea. Exposed to the elements and designed to flow perfectly with the surroundings its open nature has seen it described as a links course. However unlike traditional links courses where golfers are in a constant battle against the wind and rain, Salgados has traded those elements for year round sunshine.
Guia is ideal for those looking for a blend of old traditional Portugal but with access to all the normal attractions they would want on holiday. Situated seven kilometres inland fromAlbufeira, the village is a well-known and popular place to visit.
The nearest beaches such asPraia de Gale, are just 5 km away and are considered amongst the best in the Algarve. Offering a range of watersports, facilities and beach bars a trip to the beach is as good a place to start as any.
There are also several water parks either in or just a short drive away from Guia. Within minutes of the village you will findZoomarine. This combination of marine zoo and theme park is one of the premier attractions in the Algarve, offering a blend of shows featuring marine mammals, informative exhibits and water park attractions. With all these activities ‘under one roof’ Zoomarine is probably the most comprehensive family destination to visit from Guia.
Another interactive zoo with activities for the whole family near to Guia isKrazyWorld. Their focus is a lot more land based than Zoomarine. This fun-filled theme park stands out for the sheer amount of entertainment available there, combining a mini-zoo, petting farm, crazy golf, paintball and much more. Then there is the hugeSlide & Splashwater park with its large areas dedicated to safe, supervised family fun.
For a dry family friendly activity close to Guia theParque Aventura Adventure Parkoffer a fantastic day out suited for family or large group excursions. Primarily a tree top adventure assault course, they also have a large Paintball battle field area the perfect venue to settle some family disputes. Also within easy distance of Guia is the dedicated paintball centreAzumit Paintball.An awesome place to tire out the kids with a stealthily healthy excursion, Azimut Paintballing is another great space to spend an afternoon or a morning with friends and family.
If you are looking for a more relaxed day out, only a few minutes east of Guia you will findAlgarve Shopping. This modern shopping centre has an excellent range of shops, a large supermarket, and a great food court offering a large variety of restaurants. You can easily spend the whole day at Algarve Shopping. Within the complex you will find the ‘RocknBowl´ bowling alley and funhouse and a 9 screen Cinema that shows many films in English with Portuguese subtitles.
Guia is also famous throughout Portugal for being the home of chicken piri-piri, so naturally you will find plenty of chicken piri-piri restaurants. Around the village you will also find lots of old-school, authentic, family-run restaurants serving both Portuguese and international cuisine such asO Atlanticoat in the heart of Guia’s old town.
If you have even a passing interest in wine and how it is made a visit to theAdega do Cantoror ‘Winery of the Singer’ in Guia is highly recommended. The vineyard was founded by Sir Cliff Richard in the 1960s and has gone on to produce award winning Vida and Onda Nova wines. Tours of the winery are very popular. Sir Cliff is known to turn up on occasion so if you are lucky you may catch a sight of the man himself.
As authentic Portuguese villages with excellent tourist facilities nearby,Gale, Vale da ParraandGuiaoccupy a sweet spot among Algarve holiday destinations. When you are based in one of these places you are exposed to a slightly different side of Portugal than if you were staying at one of the resorts. The large beachside resorts sensibly concentrate on the coast whereas Vale da Parra and Guia hang slightly further back. Exploring from this pair of inland villages you get a different holiday experience.
Looking to the interior,Caliços Municipal Marketis popular with visitors and locals and from here you pick up some outstanding local produce cheaper than at some of the supermarkets. Running on the 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the month the beautiful historic building and courtyard in the middle of Calicas is transforms into a genuine, cosy marketplace.
Also away from the coast and well worth a visit is Sir Cliff Richard’s vineyardAdega do Cantoror ‘Winery of the Singer’. There are several tour times throughout the day, depending on the time of year and availability. Kids under 18 are welcome to go on the tour but, unfortunately for them, they cannot try the goods.
Further inland in the town of Pera theFIESAis a mega exhibition of sand sculptures. Run annually between March and November since 2003 the festival is the only event of its kind in the Iberian Peninsula and is considered the largest sand sculpture festival in the world. Another adventure you can get into with your back to the ocean is eatingpiri piri in Guia.A meal in the quaint streets of ‘the chicken capital of Portugal’ is very different to what you would experience on the coast.
Heading back to the seaside towards Gale, theAlbufeira marinais worth a visit. From there you can go on to explore the ocean through amazing sea excursions or stay dry and peruse its own run of restaurants and bars. While you are down on the coast why not check outSalgados lagoonand the beaches by horseback for a unique perspective of the Alagrave.Centro Hipico Quinta Da Saudadeoffers rides and lessons for beginner as young as five. Their rides take in the natural habitat and carriage tours are available if you want to investigate the lagoon, dunes and coast without mounting a horse themselves.