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Get an overview of this hotelNature-park hotel in former tuna-fishing village

River meets estuary

Occupying a former tuna-fishing village, this secluded hotel faces the confluence of a river and an estuary in Ria Formosa Natural Park 3 km from Tavira.

Bird watch, bicycle

In addition to swimming in outdoor and indoor pools and taking a five-minute boat trip to Tavira Island's ocean beach, guests bird watch and bicycle amid miles of salt marshes and ponds.

Patios with blossoms

Casual, contemporary guestrooms located in renovated one-story buildings formerly used by tuna fishers feature patios fringed by flowering bushes and tile bathrooms with marble vanities. Guests have LCD TVs and minibars at their disposal, and can also connect to free WiFi.

Renovations & Closures

The property is closed between 15 November and 04 February.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Vila Galé Albacora comprises a restored village that was used by tuna fishers from 1881 until the tuna stopped arriving in 1972. Grounds include a museum displaying a scale model of the elaborate net system fishers used, boat and ship models, typical fishers' dress, and a video of tuna-fishing activity. The grounds also include the village's chapel, a tranquil retreat featuring a wood ceiling, delicate wrought-iron chandeliers, a stained glass window, and a lower wall clad in blue-and-white tiles.

The hotel's health club features an indoor pool, steam room, spa tub, and a sauna, and there's spa services and massage/treatment rooms, too. You can exert yourself in the fitness center, equipped with cardio and weightlifting equipment, and swim laps in the outdoor seasonal pool. Complimentary children's activities are offered during the summer, both outdoors and in the former village's schoolhouse. Babysitting/child care is also available on request.

After a cocktail at the Quatro Aguas bar, you might dine on international cuisine at Salinas restaurant or enjoy Portuguese classic at the intimate fine-dining Grill Flor-de-Sal restaurant. It's easy to make reservations or get recommendations for what to see around the city with concierge staff available around the clock, and you can check email with the free WiFi. There's 4 meeting rooms on site, and additional conveniences include free parking and laundry facilities.

  • Free WiFi 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Indoor pool 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Children's pool 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Spa tub 
  • Steam room 
  • Concierge services 
  • Health club 
  • Children's club (free) 
  • Meeting rooms 4 
  • Conference space 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Total number of rooms - 162 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Babysitting or childcare 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Number of floors - 1 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Garden 
  • Terrace 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Free self parking 
  • Spa services on site 

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Patio 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Minibar 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Bidet 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • In-room safe 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • LCD TV 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 

Where to Eat

A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is available.

Salinas - Spacious dining room with terra-cotta-tile floor, dark-wood furniture, and table linens. Buffet dinner nightly. Sandwiches, salads, light meals for lunch.

Grill Flor-de-Sal - Candle-lit fine-dining restaurant located in former home of tuna-fishing-village chief and consisting of a series of intimate salons, some with river views. Original terra-cotta-and-cream tile floor. Dinner service nightly from à la carte menu of Portuguese classics, including tuna steaks.

Quatro Águas Bar - Bar/lounge with wood-burning fireplace, leather seating, televisions. Sandwiches, salads, light meals. Live music nightly.

Room service is available during limited hours.

Nearby Things to Do

Shaped like a four-leaf clover, an outdoor swimming pool measuring roughly 26 meters (85 feet square) and a 3.5-meter (12-ft-square) children's pool provide warm-weather family recreation.

A health club (surcharge) features a 11.5-by-5.5-meter (38-by-18-ft) heated indoor pool and a four-person spa tub surrounded by cushioned deck chairs in a skylighted pavilion.

For a surcharge, a boat transports guests on a five-minute trip from a dock 100 meters (109 yards) from the hotel across a river (Rio Gilão) and an estuary (Ria Formosa) to Tavira Island, where they then walk a few hundred yards to the beach on the island's ocean side. In summer, independent operators offer watersports on the beach, including water skiing, kayaking, and windsurfing.

The hotel provides discounts at three golf courses, the nearest 2.5 km (1.5 mi) away and the farthest 10 km (6.25 mi).

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Fitness classes on site 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Hiking/biking trails on site 
  • Playground on site 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Minimum check-in age is 18

Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child 12 years old or younger stays free when using existing bedding.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available

Children under 12 years old have access to the indoor pool from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM; adult supervision is required. For more details, please contact the property using the number provided on the booking confirmation email.

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • A facilities fee includes use of:
- Fitness facilities
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Albacora Hotel
  • Albacora Vila Galé
  • Hotel Albacora
  • Hotel Albacora Vila Galé
  • Hotel Vila Galé Albacora
  • Hotel Vila Galé Albacora Tavira
  • Vila Albacora
  • Vila Galé Albacora
  • Vila Gale Albacora Hotel
  • Vila Galé Albacora Hotel
  • Vila Gale Albacora Tavira
  • Vila Galé Albacora Tavira

We should mention

One child 12 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key (nogle), a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

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