The Vila Gale Albacora is the charming outcome of the renovation of an old tuna fish market sitting peacefully away from the city centre of Tavira and within a natural reserve. Its origins put it right in the heart of the Ria Formosa wetlands, leaving it as a symbol of unique architecture and a cultural landmark in the Algarve region.
The Vila Gale Albacora hotel has also been recently granted with the Eco-Hotel certification by the Tüv Rheinland corporation, which is based upon the identification and management of environmental aspects such as water and energy consumption, equipment maintenance, waste production, among others.
This is truly wonderful information, as you will know right away that Vila Gale Albacora is ready to welcome its guests as an eco-friendly establishment.
Keeping the traditional traits of a fishing village virtually intact, the Vila Gale Albacora is keen on letting you visit its old chapel, the museum, and a game and leisure centre for kids, which was once a school for the fishermen’s children.
The location is one of the greatest features of this hotel, as it allows you to feel comfortable and relaxed amidst the saline and the natural reserve. The Vila Gale Albacora has its own boat transport and bus to the beaches and Tavira’s city centre, so this is an easy option for those who do not own a car or have not rented one.
The 162 rooms, five of which are junior suites, are nicely decorated and thoroughly cleaned every day, and feature air conditioner, verandas, satellite TV, full bathroom with hair dryer and telephone, mini-bar (filled upon request), safe-deposit box (€ 2.50 surcharge for lock), direct telephone, and 24-hour room service. The prices range from € 90 per night depending on the number of people and the season.
Although you can easily get to the city centre of Tavira and discover a number of restaurants with typical Portuguese cuisine dishes and great wines, we certainly suggest you try their Salinas restaurant or the Flor-de-Sal Grill restaurant, as they offer a wide range of delicacies inspired by Mediterranean flavours made with the most fresh and local ingredients, such as fruit and fish.
You can also find some of Portugal’s most delightful breakfast items in their buffet, such as homemade jams, along with cheese, sausage, fresh fruit, bread, and freshly made juices.
The outdoor swimming pool is also a favourite amongst guests, as well as the Satsanga Spa, featuring massages, beauty treatments, sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, indoor swimming pool, Vichy shower, and gym. There is also a swimming pool for children to keep the little ones entertained.
There are also a number of activities you can engage in, such as water sports, bird watching in the Ria Formosa, canoeing, boat rides, sport fishing, diving, and golfing at the Benamor golf course, which is 5 kilometres away from Tavira city centre.
Vila Gale Albacora
Tel: +351 281 380 800
Fax: +351 281 380 850