Gale is a small area built around a beach, typically Portuguese.  Not heavily built up there are lots of vineyards surrounding the properties but still enough restaurants within walking distance for most- if not there is a reasonable taxi service or indeed some of the restaurants will collect you and take you home as part of their service. Gale has kept its traditional Portuguese feeling whilst catering for the needs of tourists with both local and bigger supermarkets in the area to fulfil all your daily shopping needs.  There are cafes dotted up and down the street where in the morning and early evening you may find the Portuguese drinking their Espresso or you may choose to wander down the block to Sao Dominoges coffee and cake shop, sit out on the terrace and enjoy one of their huge cakes with a milky coffee.   Gale has its own market once a month where you can barter for goods such as clothing, leather, shoes etc or even buy the fish freshly caught.

 

Guia is a small mostly residential area next to Gale.  There are a number of restaurants hidden in the backstreets where you can buy typically Portuguese food such as Piri Piri Chicken, you may not know that Guia is actually the home of Piri Piri.  It also hosts the famous Zoo Marine for a really reasonble entrance fee you can spend the day watching the various shows, including dolphins, seals, birds or you may want to lay by the huge pools.  There are water slides and rides all available free once the entrance fee is paid.  If swimming with dolphins is on your "book it" list then look no further, to make sure you're not disappointed book on line before you go, as the slots do get booked up in advance - its an amazing experience and much more reasonable that the fees in Disney!    To end the day at Zoo Marine whiy not go straight across the road to one of the famous Piri Piri restaurants, so convenient and great food!  Guia has a modern shopping centre nam's "Algarve Shopping", not 10 minutes from the apartment it is a covered area that houses shopping for everything you can imagine including a huge "Continental" which sells everything from the kitchen sink to cavier!  Guia is also home to Cliff Richard's vineYard, is it in fact situated behind the Alagrve Shopping Complex and can be visited should you wish for a small fee.

Albufeira is a vibrant city just 15 minutes from Gale in the car catering for everyone.  It has a marina, not quite competing with Vila Moura but is has a great atmosphere in the summer sitting on the decked area watching the yachts whilst being served a cold drink.  There are plenty of bars and restaurants on the marina opposite the modern apartments built in what we call "Ballymoury" style - extremely colourful.  From the Marina down the road into the old town with narrow streets and typically Portuguese restaurants secreted in the walls.  You may choose to go further into the centre where you can find the square, edged with restaurants at all levels, you can sit on the ground level and watch the many entertainers in the square or indeed be above it all in some of the roof top restaurants where you can continue to enjoy the sun until it leaves for the day.

There is choice for all, English, Spanish, Italian, Indian and of course Portuguese.  The beaches are wide and edged with restaurants, in the evening boasting the sand sculptures.   The strip, as it's known, is renowned for its bars spilling out onto the pavement, with loud music and a party atmosphere.  Albufeira offers something for everyone old, young, quiet or wild!