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A unique opportunity to stay in an old tuna fishing camp that has been converted into a beautiful hotel.
The hotel Vila Galé Albacora is the result of the restoration of a former tuna fishing camp (Arraial Ferreira Neto) and is integrated with the Natural Park of Ria Formosa in Tavira. This hotel is a true eco-hotel that has received awards and recognition for its sustainable environmental practices, with activities related to nature tourism being its major strength.
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The old fishermen houses were converted into rooms while care was taken to preserve their history and tradition. It boasts beautiful views of the Ria Formosa lagoon, and visitors can visit the preserved chapel and the old school that was once for the children of the fishing camp residents. The hotel also has a museum dedicated to the art of tuna fishing that tells visitors the stories of the people connected to the activity and how their life evolved around it.
The hotel has a bar and restaurant on-site, and a luxurious spa Satsanga. There are 162 rooms available in total, of which 43 have a view of the river valley, and 5 are junior suites that are suitable for families. All rooms are fully equipped with essential amenities such as Air Conditioning, hair dryer, electronic safety door lock, direct telephone, private bathroom with telephone, LCD TV with cable channels, safe, minibar and of course free Wi-Fi internet connection. On the premises you can find an outdoor pool for adults and children, the Nep Kids Club, sure to keep young visitors busy, a Laundry Service, Wheelchair access, a gaming room, gardens, a chapel, a museum, a bar and two restaurants, and last but not least the Satsanga Spa.
Vila Galé Albacora offers its customers two restaurants and one bar. The Salinas RestaurantIt is the hotel's main restaurant and offers a buffet service for breakfast and buffet or à la carte lunch and dinner. Grill and Tapas Flor de Sal Restaurant is the space dedicated to those who love tapas and grilled food, and is open from June to September. The Quatro Águas is the hotel's bar of excellence and is ideal as a meeting point before or after meals.
Visit the hotel’s Spa that holds the Satsanga label and comprises of many relaxing choices ensuring the visitors’ well-being. Enjoy the heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Vichy Shower and Turkish bath, get a relaxing massage, or hit the fully-equipped gym for an intense workout. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, a Kids Club and playground, as well as a gaming room. During your stay definitely pay a visit to the Museum of Tuna Fishing, and learn all about the way the first residents of the premises made their living.
Given the privileged location of Vila Galé Albacora, there are plenty of activities available in the area, sure to keep you busy during your stay and enjoy your time there. From a pier near the hotel you can take the boat to the beaches on the island of Tavira. Visit the Barril beach, with access via a picturesque tourist train, and take a boat trip to Ria, two places well worth visiting while you are there. In the centre of Tavira, take a stroll along the Ribeira Market area with shops, bars and restaurants, and make sure to taste the local specialties. Golfers can play on one of the four golf courses with 18 holes in the region: The Benamor Golf, Quinta de Cima, Quinta da Ria and Monte Rei Golf & Country Club.
Other activities available in the area include various water sports, bird watching, the Natur-Erlebnis-Center, guided tours, PADI diving courses, canoe and boat rides, and a vibrant nightlife.