Praia da Gale faces southwest and soaks up the advantages of the Portuguese sunshine long into the late hours. Whenever you choose to book your cheap holiday to Portugal, rest assured that this unspoilt stretch of gold sand is going to be well worth the journey.
A few little restaurants and amenities are close by, and there's expert supervision from trained lifeguards at peak times. Still, by and large you're going to have the sand, sea and sun almost entirely to yourself.
Loungers and parasols are readily available, but much of the landscape here is as nature intended, including the enticing blue sea. The kids can splash and play, and you'll be able to take a load off without worrying about anything except topping up your tan.
Living the local culture
Small town quirks are the order of the day in Praia da Gale, although you'll be happy to hear that modern comforts aren't exactly lacking. If you want to pick up a few essentials, there's a local supermarket and some smaller shops dotted around town, many of which also sell locally made crafts and artwork that are sure to make brilliant souvenirs for friends and family back home.
The overall feel of Praia da Gale couldn't be more intrinsically Portuguese, from the rich, Mediterranean architecture to the tanned good looks of the locals. Whatever you choose to do, take the time to really explore the winding little streets that make this such a fantastic getaway.
If you're really missing the fast-paced city life, you're just a short road link away from Albufeira, where you can expect to find the crowds, nightclubs and tourist traps that the Algarve is often famous for. However, Praia da Gale also offers plenty of its own entertainment, so don't miss the chance to listen to live music at local venues either.
Eating Portuguese and worldly food
Don't miss out on the fantastic food in Praia da Gale. Fish and prawn cocktails are to be found on every street in some of the finest venues in town, like Vila Joya, but there's also plenty of international cuisine to enjoy in some of the other restaurants about town.
Visit the Mr Singh Indian restaurant for the spices of Central Asia, or head over to Bellavita for the finest pasta, pizza and provender that Italy can provide. Food and drink are huge parts of the local culture, so meals here are never rushed and flavours rich.
Natural beauty every which way
The path down to the beach of Gale is steeped by rugged rocks and sweeping meadows. You could always take the time to look at the fossils and hidden treasures of the nearby coastal areas. Beyond the town's limits, history, mystery and culture are easily found if you know where to look.