To the west of Albufeira Old Town, five kilometres down the road, you will find the picturesque area of Vale de Parra and the coastal resort of Gale, which are renowned as superb destinations for family holidays.
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 the Algarve coastline you will also find some of the Algarve’s very best beaches, ranging from the glorious sandy expanses of Salgados and Gale, to the beautiful and more intimate coves of Sao Rafael, Castelo, Coelha and Evaristo. On every beach you will find at least one restaurant and beach bar, offering snacks and sumptuous seafood dishes. Vale de Parra and Gale are both very close and accessible to the old town of Albufeira, which is just a short drive or taxi journey away.
Situated seven kilometres inland from Albufeira, the village of Guia is a well known and popular place to visit, for a number of reasons.
It is in Guia that one of the Algarve’s major attractions, Zoomarine, is located. Thousands of holidaymakers visit Zoomarine every year to watch the dolphin shows and fabulous entertainment.
Couture and Cuisine
Guia is close to the Algarve Shopping centre, which is complete with a cinema complex with films in the English language, a wide range of shops and boutiques, a bowling alley, a large supermarket and an extensive food hall. Traditionally, Guia is also famous for the amount of local chicken piri-piri restaurants that you will find in the village. Chicken piri-piri is a spicy chicken dish, served simply with chips and salad- and is quite delicious! Today there are lots of other restaurants to choose from in Guia, to suit all budgets and tastes. And last but not least, in the Guia area you will also find Sir Cliff Richards’ fantastic vineyard and winery, where you can sample the produce on a wine tasting tour.