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.

Algarve Weather

With an annual average of over 300 days of sun a year, the Algarve is one of Europe's sunniest places. 
The summer sees an impressive 12 hours of daily sunshine and almost no rain.

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.


Beaches close to Gale, Vale da Parra & Guia

Along this stretch of coastline you will find some of the Algarve’s very best beaches. The beaches near Gale, Vale da Parra and Guia broadly 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 inviting Salgados and Gale fit firmly in the first camp whereas Sao Rafael, Castelo, Coelha, Praia do Manuel Lourenço and Evaristo are 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 of Vale de Parra and Guia are also very close and accessible to the old town and beaches of Albufeira, which is just a short drive or taxi journey away.

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Golf courses close to Gale, Vale da Parra & Guia

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 to Praia Dos Salgados and Salgados Lagoon Nature Reserve, the Salgados GC is 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.

If this course doesn’t do it for you, being the Algarve, there are plenty of other golf courses an easy drive away in Albufeira, Carvoeiro, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura.

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Family attractions

Family attractions in Beaches close to Gale, Vale da Parra & Guia and around the Algarve

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 from Albufeira, the village is a well-known and popular place to visit.

The nearest beaches such as Praia 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 find Zoomarine. 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 is KrazyWorld. 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 huge Slide & Splash water park with its large areas dedicated to safe, supervised family fun.

For a dry family friendly activity close to Guia the Parque Aventura Adventure Park offer 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 centre Azumit 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.

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Cultural Sights

Shopping and culture in Gale, Vale da Parra & Guia

If you are looking for a more relaxed day out, only a few minutes east of Guia you will find Algarve 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 as O Atlantico at 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 the Adega do Cantor or ‘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.

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Tours in and around Gale, Vale da Parra & Guia

Tours in and around Gale, Vale da Parra & Guia

As authentic Portuguese villages with excellent tourist facilities nearby, Gale, Vale da Parra and Guia occupy 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 Market is 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 vineyard Adega do Cantor or ‘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.

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Culture in Gale, Vale da Parra & Guia

Further inland in the town of Pera the FIESA is 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 eating piri 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, the Albufeira marina is 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 out Salgados lagoon and the beaches by horseback for a unique perspective of the Alagrave. Centro Hipico Quinta Da Saudade offers 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.

Villas in Gale, Vale da Parra & Guia

Villas in Gale, Vale da Parra & Guia

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.

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