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21ºC/69,8ºF
Tavira -

Vila Galé Albacora

A TRUE ECO-HOTEL

IN BROAD RIA FORMOSA

The hotel Vila Galé Albacora is the result of the restoration of the former tuna fishing camp Arraial Ferreira Neto, where the “people of the sea” linked to tuna fishing lived from March to September.

This hotel in Tavira, set in broad Natural Park of Ria Formosa, is thus an architectural witness to the way of life of fishermen and their families, when the typical Almadrava - the frame to capture the tuna - was still used.

The old fishermen houses, workshops and warehouses gave place to 161 rooms with beautiful views of the Ria Formosa. The existing chapel was preserved and is now adapted for hosting weddings and christenings, as well as the old school, converted into a kids’ club. And the former bakery became a free small museum that is open to the public.

This is where you can observe a model illustrating the great engineering work that the almadrava was and century-old documents of the Algarve Fisheries Company (Companhia de Pescarias do Algarve). As well as a video showing the tuna capture process.

Filled with the region’s tradition, this hotel in Tavira also became an eco-hotel that has received awards and recognition for its sustainable environmental practices.

The activities related to nature tourism and the outdoors, such as birdwatching, boat riding or extreme sports are a good way to harness the full potential of this place.

With free wi-fi, the Vila Galé Albacora hotel features two bars and two restaurants where tuna and the Algarve specialties could not fail to be the main dishes. To relax, enjoy the spa with indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and massage rooms of this hotel in Tavira.

And if you are dreaming of the sandy beaches that reach out of sight of the island of Tavira, it takes only few steps from the Vila Galé Albacora hotel to get to the pier where a boat will take you to paradise within minutes. The Barril beach with access via a picturesque tourist train and the boat trips to the Ria waters are not to be missed either.

For more cultural moments, the center of Tavira promises an actual trip back in time, with its traces of Arab influence. Also, be sure to visit the Ribeira Market and the Castle.

If you play golf, the challenge is on the 18 holes’ greens: Benamor Golf, Quinta de Cima, Quinta da Ria and Monte Rei Golf & Country Club - all of them near the Vila Galé Albacora hotel.

 

What do guests say about us?

Positive: The grounds are lovely to walk around. Pool is lovely. Many spa services available. There are great trails out the back. The site is quiet and...

Booking Booking.com User

One of my favorite hotels in the Algarve area. The hotel is located away from the crowd but still close to the Tavira Old Town Centre and it's history....

Google Gabera Fukner

A luxurious hotel located a few miles from Tavira in a natural resort. Originally a mid 20th century village with a church, school, streets etc it has been...

Hotels.com Arne

Great Hotel very peaceful

Google Gerard Cassidy

Positive: Such a wonderful location. Buffet dinner and breakfast exceptional. Negative: The hotel is a distance from Tavira but Uber available for just a few...

Booking James

Bom eco resort

Google Rui Tardão

Positive: Lovely location, friendly staff and lots to do (even in winter!); indoor pool was well equipped and bar and restaurant were both really good...

Booking Phil

Positive: Beautiful building, exceptional buffet meals, reasonably priced. Had interesting history, until about 60 years ago had been a tuna fishing...

Booking Diana

Positive: Tout!!!.

Booking Tatiana

Amazing place. Delicious food ☺️

Google monika duda

Positive: We loved the setting and the general ambience.

Booking West

Positive: Beautiful spot with a cool little ferry over to a fine beach.

Booking David

Positive: Breakfast was amazing! Great variety with great quality. Staff is nice and helpful. The hotel is in a very good location for relaxing. Praia"Ilha...

Booking Ricardo

6th time we have been always very good and polite

Expedia expedia user

I went here for a private function three days ago. The buffet food provided was excellent and catered for all tastes. I have never stayed at this hotel.

Google Carole Ellis

Event Rooms Natural sunlight Area Door Height School Audience U-shaped table Reception Banquet Cabaret
Arade Yes 59 m2 1,6 m 3 m 40 60 30 60 - -
Gilão Yes 106 m2 1,6 m 3 m 70 100 46 100 - -
Master Yes 165 m2 1,6 m 3 m 100 160 80 160 140 70
Museu Yes 70 m2 1,6 m 3 m 45 70 35 170 - -

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