Discover the true Algarve
A haven of unspoilt beaches and picturesque, white-walled villages, the Algarve is a place of medieval castles, cobblestone streets, captivating cuisine and golden sands, where the warmth of the Portuguese people comes from a genuine pride in their home.
A safe and secure destination boasting 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid Atlantic beaches, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.
The time-forgotten fishing village of Salema is home to some of the most famous rock formations in the region as well as some of the warmest of welcomes. This is a place where we discover that by enjoying the simplest of pleasures, life need not be so difficult.
With some of the most impressive beaches of the Algarve, Galé is a place where the days seem that little bit longer and the stars shine a little bit brighter. Despite its vibrant bars and restaurants, it still offers the peace and quiet we need to gently immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of the ocean.
Simple pleasures redefining luxury
Galé is a quiet and peaceful area close to Albufeira, the hot-spot of the Algarve, and boasting some of the most impressive beaches in the region. It is said that the name Galé originates from a galleon (galé in Portuguese) that was shipwrecked on the beach in old times.
You have a great choice of beaches in Galé. The main ones are Praia da Galé Oeste and Praia da Galé Leste – the west and east Galé beaches, which stretch all the way from Armação de Pêra in the west and continue along for miles up towards Albufeira. See how far you can walk along the beach or enjoy water sports, beach games or simply lie back in the sunshine and enjoy the Algarve weather.
On the small Praia do Manuel Lourenço just to the east of Galé you will find a quiet beach with some amazing rock protrusions that you can admire from the sands or from one of the many beach restaurants in the area. A horseback ride along the beach offers a different way to explore the beaches.
Golfers will be pleased to know that the Salgados golf course is only a swing away, complete with all the water challenges, while anyone looking for some nightlife can head into nearby Albufeira where a huge choice of late night bars, clubs and restaurants is on offer to suit all budgets and ages.
There are great restaurants in Galé, with simple family eateries, traditional Algarvian restaurants and even the choice of the Michelin starred restaurants if you are looking for something truly memorable.
Some of the best fun activities and themed parks are located in this area including Zoomarine, Aquashow, Aqualand, Krazy World Zoo, horse riding, scuba diving, golf, boat trips, water parks, sightseeing, sailing, go karting, water sports, mountain biking, jeep safaris, and many more!
Authentic Little Fishing Village
Salema is a small town of Budens parish, located in the municipality of Vila do Bispo, in the most western part of the Algarve. Salema is located at the base of a cliff around the beach with the same name and is part of the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Algarve coast.
The village of Salema is one of the few communities that has a small indigenous fishing fleet of traditional colourful boats, still launched from the beach (but now with the help of a tractor), which is cast into sea to catch snapper, mackerel, sardines and octopus that you can taste freshly grilled at local restaurants on the same night.
The sandy beach is gently sloping, ideal for swimming and safe for children. There is a service of lifeguard in the summer months. The sea water quality is excellent.
At either end of the beach are yellow limestone rocks dating around 150 million years. Above them are the more recent red limestone rocks, contrasting beautifully with the azure blue sky. It is among these that you will find deeply entrenched remnants of shells and scales and even the footprints of dinosaurs.
There are a couple of bars and restaurants in Salema, a handful of gift shops and some convenience stores. There is an ATM in the back side of the oval building in the main square. The city of Lagos to the east and Sagres to the West are just 15 km away. The west coast of the Algarve can be reached in about 15 minutes by car. There you can find sandy beaches stretching down the cliffs for miles. If you want to do more than just lie on the beach there are golf, tennis courts, spas, horseback riding, boat and walk all within a few miles. From the beach cliffs there are also great launching points for practicing paragliding.
About 300m beneath the waters of Salema Beach you can also visit the French warship L'Ocean, sunk during the Seven Years' War.