Vila Gale Tavira
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There were many pots of wheat grass, newly grown for the occasion and decorating the ornate altar. We saw this wheat grass with oranges as decorations at the nativity in Cachopo and at a Tavira exposition of nativity scenes at the Igreja (Church) da Misericórdia earlier in the week. We learned through reading that the Nativities here are called Cribs and that wheat grass and oranges (in this orange-producing land) often help decorate the scenes. ...
... for the elderly and some agricultural training services. A beautiful garden could be seen just behind the building in a steep valley bottom down below.
We kept wandering and found a narrow lane going past several old--and I mean old--farm buildings, sheds, and, perhaps, an old house or two.
Dianne had a deja vu experience while walking among the various farm sheds on a narrow path that saddled the mountain. It reminded her of her Italian ...
... site are situated the Santa Maria Church and the Convent de Graca, now converted into a modern hotel and convention center. (The convent's chapel was the venue for several concerts of the "Music in the Churches" performances that we attended.)
Adjacent, and nearly as high as the church, is an old water tower that was converted in the 1930s to the home of Camera Obscura, a vantage point from which its unique and powerful telescope can peer ...
... and Marcela reported a wondrous solstice experience next to the surf, under the stars and moon - reflected in the ocean, and far away (across the river and the Ria Formosa) from evidence of civilization, the beautiful lights of Tavira. The next day, we flamed up our own “campfire” on the front sidewalk of the cabin in a charcoal grill. It was warm and great! And totally legal!
As for Dianne and I keeping ourselves entertained, we walked all ...
Nine days in Portugal taking care of hilltop villa, two dogs (Charlie and Dusty), 4 chickens, 4 cast and a pond full of fish. Once again, it was great to settle in for an extended stay, somewhere we could unpack and feel settled. Alice loved that there was a full kitchen, and not the basic hotplate we usually encounter at ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vila Gale Tavira
Wow! Not what one expects in a small town like Tavira, the Vile Gale Tavira hotel sits close to the town centre on the west bank of the river and, although very modern, fits nicely ionto the old buildings around. Built on just 3 levels in a large square around a fabulous pool area, this hotel has large airy public spaces decorated and furnished to a very high standard. The bedrooms are also large, clean and nicely furnished - the bathrooms everything you would expect in such a hotel. Breakfast included in price was as good as it gets anywhere - the full monty! If there is something odd about the place it is that it caters for everyone from family holiday, to SAGA parties and business conferences - hard for any one group to feel at home in such an atmosphere.
Hotel was really super, rooms large, spacious and very clean. Showers where excellent, really powerful. Breakfast choice was better than most hotels we've stayed in. Worth paying the extra couple of euros for a pool view room as all others look at uninspiring sights such as a petrol station or car park!!! Beach isn't within walking distance (no matter how into walking you are!!!) but a shuttle bus will take you to a sister hotel & then a short boat trip for 1 euro per person. Lots of fish restaurants in the area, one restaurant in particular worth noting is the 'Bistrot oPorto', on Rua Ze Pires Padinha, 2 mins from the hotel, really excellent food, especially the octopus tempura - heaven!!!! Friendly service & the owner is a real character - we went back and enjoyed it even more the second time. All in all a very relaxing way to spend a week - definitely not for those of you who enjoy nightlife or English food - but then to be fair we wouldn't want you to go if you did!!!
We stayed at the Vila Gala Hotel in Tavira, Portugal for Easter this year. Coming from Spain we were really suprised to find this 4* hotel at such a reasonable price. After scouting round the internet for a 3-night break for Easter and coming up with several higher priced quotes for the same break at this hotel (up to 120 euros a night per person!), we finally found it through a destination company called Portimar based in Portamao in Portugal. Their price? Only 36.50 euros a night!! That was room price not per person and included a HUGE buffet breakfast! There is everything at this hotel you could possible want or need for a perfect holiday, two swimming pools - really clean and plenty of sunbeds, the staff were great and put us to shame by speaking perfect English! Nothing was too much trouble for them, which made us feel welcome and really made the break wonderful. The only thing I would say is request a room away from the central part of the hotel - the reception, which can be noisy, but then it is a big hotel and it was Easter. The entertainment each evening was 'interesting' the best probably being the impromtu karioke act from the bar manager!! Go and enjoy!
Just got home from 4 nights at the Vila Gale Tavira. Excellent value and great location.Three minute wallk to the 'centre' of this small but delightful town. Although the hotel has the feel and appearance of a coporate, conference venue, the facilites and rooms are excellent as are the staff. Would definitely stay there again. Only complaint might be the 'Saga louts' who were there in numbers.
The staff were excellent
This was a very nice hotel. The staff were great very helpful and there was a "at your service mentality" THe location is great for seeing the city but it was not quite on the beach as we hoped. But you can take a hotel bus to a shuttle boat with minor time involved. The Staff spoke english well. We came in the off season and there were a large number of seniors there which was fine but at first not quite what we expected. The meal were very good in the hotel and the surrounding city had a lot to offer.
We stayed at the Vila Gale Tavira in August 2004. We had booked the hotel direct through expedia and secured a reasonable rate, I was therefore pleasantly surprised on arrival. The accommodation was clean and spacious and had everything we needed. My son was in the neighbouring room with adjoining door and we found the staff to be friendly, particularly when he lost his room key! I didnt find "hidden charges" on our bill as another review suggests - you expect to pay for things like room service and a safety deposit box. They had plenty of choice on the menu, breakfast had everything you could wish for, from pastries to bacon etc
I stayed there with my boyfriend in August/ September 2004 for 9 nights in the middle of a fortnight's holiday to Portugal and we had a great time. The hotel was excellent value - very luxurious and we certainly couldn't complain about some of the things that some previous reviewers have mentioned. We had a room on the corner of the hotel near the roundabout, which meant that our view was partly of the town flyover, which wasn't particularly entrancing, but at least the other half of the view was the salt farms and the rio formosa national park. We didn't have any problems with noise, either from neighbouring rooms or the street. The hotel room was lovely, as was the rest of the hotel. My only quibble would be the EUR 5 per day charge for the gym, which had no air conditioning and was therefore pretty stifling. Solution: use the gorgeous swimming pool!
We stayed at the Vila Gale Tavira for 2 weeks in August 2004. The hotel looks and feels like a 4 star hotel. It only opened 2 years ago. Complimentary buffet breakfast was very good quality with a very wide choice. Our room was very comfortable. Quite a large pool with plenty of sun-beds and cushions. No problem getting one throughout the day.
Very well run and great value
Portuguese-run hotel where great attention is made to detail. Only sampled the buffet-style breakfast which was very good, well-stocked and presented. Others who sampled the dinner and lunch menus seemed equally impressed. Would choose to stay here again as well located for the local restaurants for Tavira. AVoid the Hotel Vila Gale Albacora unless you want a remote get-away. Made a visit there and appears an equally well-kept hotel but a long-way from Tavira and unless you want an hour walk across Salt-flats or have a car the only option is the free river boat to Tavira beach - which in turn is a boat-ride and 25 min walk to the main town.
The Vila Gale Tavira is a nice hotel. The rooms are good, the food fairly good, and the staff was very nice. I assume from the number of golfers I saw that the golf is good in that area. I really only had one problem with the hotel and that was the side of the building my room was on. The hotel faces a gas station that is also a liquor store. We had drunk people outside our room until 4 a.m. two nights. A really great hotel would rectify that problem. But if you get a room on the other side, you should be fine. We visited the Vila Gale Albacore (sister hotel) nearby and had lunch. The food was great and the overall beauty of the place was remarkable. It is separated by a channel of water. So walking might be a little more difficult. They may have some sort of transportation in high season. Both hotels are nice, but I'd probably choose the Albacore next time.