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Praia da Galé

Accessible

Praia da Galé

Albufeira

Praia da Galé stands at the far eastern end of the large sandy bay of Armação de Pera. Here, the rock formations typical of the western Algarve once again make their presence felt, providing a series of nooks and crannies for bathers, especially at the eastern end. In contrast, the western end is more exposed.

These carbonate rocks, in warm colours and with an abundance of marine fossils, also known as shell mounds, bear witness to a bygone time when the sea came farther inland. They are now deeply-eroded by rainfall and worn smooth by the sea, and are covered in plants adapted to the sea spray, such as Mediterranean saltwort.

In the areas where the sand has accumulated, especially the western section of the beach, you can still see typical dune plants, especially European beach grass, spiny thrift and the aromatic curry plant, growing on the dune system stretching between Salgados and Praia Grande. To the east, the landscape is dominated by the rock formations and you will see some stone pines growing along the crest of the orangey cliff.

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Notes: Given the risk of landslides and loose stones falling on to the beach, you are advised to keep a safe distance from the cliffs, especially at the eastern end of the beach.

Road access is by a tarmacked road from the road connecting Guia to Galé, following the signs for the beach. There is plenty of organised parking at the western end of Galé, some 300 m from the beach (access on foot via a raised walkway), and informal parking on beaten earth, next to the beach. Smaller organised car parking is available at the eastern end of Galé. Support infrastructures include a bar, WC and information facilities; at Galé East there are restaurants, WC and recreational facilities. There are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. This is an accessible beach. Orientation: south-west.

GPS
: 37° 4'50.81"N 8°18'59.20"W

Facilities

  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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