Opened in June 2002, the hotel serves as a holiday destination for both families and couples from the U.S. and Europe. Spacious public areas and a sunbathing courtyard offer ample space for rest, while group activities (most varied in the summer season) entertain day and night.
Hotel Vila Galé Tavira
Amenity highlights: The hotel’s expansive central courtyard features a 21.5-by-14-meter (70-by-45-foot) pool and a 4.6-meter (15-foot-diameter) children’s pool as well as palm trees, lawns, and lounge chairs. A health club includes an 11-meter (36-foot-diameter) heated, year-round indoor pool in a rotunda under a dark-blue dome ceiling. The rotunda’s windows let in outside light. Padded lounge chairs provide comfort. A raised spa tub can accommodate four.
Insider tip: Said to be one of Europe’s oldest olive trees, a massive growth dating to the 17th century, lies within the traditional fishing village of Pedras del Rey six km (3.5 miles) from the hotel.
Rua 4 de Outubro
8800-362 Tavira Portugal
Tavira, Algarve 08200
Nearest major airport:
Faro, Portugal (FAO-Faro)
All guests have the option of a complimentary American buffet breakfast served each morning in the Aladino Buffet room.
Aladino Buffet – Spacious room with terra-cotta tiled floor, blue and white table linens. Breakfast, lunch, dinner buffets in winter season. Breakfast, dinner buffets in summer season.
Aladino Grill – Adjacent to Aladino Buffet, with identical terra-cotta tiled floor, blue and white table linens. À la carte dinner service in winter season. À la carte lunch, dinner service in summer season. Lunch/dinner menu featuring grilled seafood, meat.
Ali Ba Bar – Large lounge with blue-and-red color scheme, white leather couches, numerous televisions, game tables, snooker and pool tables, darts, live music nightly for dancing, Friday night karaoke. Sandwiches, snacks, drinks.
In city center
NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST
Public food market – across street
Riverfront – 1 block
Ribeira market (shopping, dining) – 5 blocks
Castle – 8 blocks
Santa Maria do Castelo (church) – 8 blocks
Palácio do Galeria (art displays) – 9 blocks
Roman bridge – 10 blocks
Train station – 1 km (0.5 mile)
Benamor Golf Course – 6 km (3.5 miles)
Pedras del Rey (fishing village) – 6 km (3.5 miles)
Casino Monte Gordo – 15 km (9.5 miles)
Faro (FAO) Airport: Approximate driving time is 40 minutes and distance is 25 km (16 miles).
Driving directions from Faro Airport: Take the IP1 towards Spain and exit for Tavira, taking the N125. Take the last turn for Tavira Center to the hotel.
A taxi from the airport costs approximately 35-40 euros (US$43-$50, depending on the euro-dollar exchange rate). Car rentals are available online.
Passports are required for travel outside of travelers’ country of residence.
Extra person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Rollaway beds (surcharges) and complimentary cribs (infant beds) are available and should be requested at the time of booking.
Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests made via this Web site cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.
Pets not allowed
Check-in time is 2 PM
Check-out time is Noon
Popular with locals and visitors alike and widely acknowledged as one of the best east of Faro, the principal nearby beach, Praia de Tavira, runs along the Atlantic Ocean side of Tavira Island. The beach features water sports, restaurants, and a clothing-optional section. The hotel provides complimentary bus service to a companion hotel, Vila Galé Albacora, four km (2.5 miles) away and a complimentary 10-minute boat ride from there to the beach. The service runs year-round for the benefit of winter beach walkers. Independent water taxis to the beach are available two blocks from the hotel (surcharge).
In addition to a heated indoor pool, the hotel’s health club includes a steam room and a fitness center equipped with a universal gym, cardio machines, and free weights. Massage is available, as is a medical doctor. An Internet center provides two computers with dial-up connections (surcharge). The spacious tile-and-marble-floor lobby features a three-story-high, light-blue dome and matching columns and supplies overstuffed seating and leather footstools for comfortable lounging.
The hotel activities/entertainment staff provides year-round group activities and presents shows on some nights in the large lounge called Ali Ba Bar. A complimentary kids club containing games and play areas is open year-round, with supervision provided in summer.
See a list of property amenities
Swimming pool – indoor
Massage – treatment room(s)
Pool table nearby
Room service (24 hours)
Meeting rooms (small groups)
Internet access in public areas – dial-up
Internet access in public areas – surcharge
Number of rooms: 262
Safe-deposit box – front desk
Number of suites: 6
Medical assistance available
Air-conditioned public areas
Supervised child care/activities
Swimming pool – outdoor
Swimming pool – children’s
24-hour front desk
Gift shops or newsstand
Dry cleaning service
The hotel offers discounts at several nearby golf courses, including the nearest, Benamor, which is six km (3.5 miles) away. Birdwatchers can ride the hotel’s complimentary shuttle bus to a companion hotel, Vila Galé Albacora, four km (2.5 miles) away, and explore the sanctuary of Ria Formosa Park surrounding Vila Galé Albacora.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
Boat launch nearby
Hiking/biking trails nearby
Horse riding/rental nearby
Bird watching nearby
Swimming on site
Aerobics on site
Bicycle rentals nearby
Scooter/Moped Rentals nearby
Turndown service (on request)
Child care (in room, surcharge)
Iron/ironing board (on request)
Cribs (infant beds) available
Massage – available in room
The hotel offers 268 air-conditioned guestrooms and suites in a three-story, rectangular building constructed around a central courtyard containing a pool. The building is white with mustard-brown and dark-blue trim, a tribute to Portugal’s Moorish history. Balconies and patios are furnished with chairs and cocktail tables. Decor features terra-cotta tile floors with bedside throw rugs, cream walls, white ceilings and crown molding, dark-blue furniture with tan latticework insets, light-blue-and-cream fabrics, and blue-and-white tile bathrooms. In-room safes are available (surcharge).