The Algarve is renowned for golden beaches and warm sunshine - yet so much of its history, culture, and diverse natural landscapes remain unexplored by tourists. Here are some ideas for your break in Salema to help you off the beaten track.
Three of our Vila Vita Collection properties available in Salema, Villa Mar Azul, Mar à Vista, and Villa Alegria, offer a luxurious way to experience the authenticity of the timeless location. The warm welcome of the people, the simplicity of village life, and a chance to take time out from the world. Simple pleasures that we value as the greatest luxuries.
Salema is one of the great undiscovered treasures of the Algarve, a serene and tranquil fishing village where time seems to have stood still for generations. Inspired by this, the Vila Vita Collection properties Villa Mar Azul, Mar à Vista, and Villa Alegria, offer you the luxury of time away from the world, luxury crafted by a timeless location.
All kids love dinosaurs, fossils and footprints intrigue them because they feel so ancient. As they realise that “This footprint was made over 125 million years ago!” young ones will jump at the chance to literally walk in the footprints of dinosaurs and travel back in time to when the prehistoric giants first walked on the golden sands of Salema.
One of the more romantic features of the Red Chalet is a story that connects it to the church it faces across the square.
The Armação de Pêra reef is Portugal’s largest natural reef and is thought to be over 25,000 years old. Once part of the original Algarve coastline, the reef is believed to house 70% of the species indigenous to the coastline, as well as 45 species newly discovered in Portugal and, incredibly, 12 species newly discovered in the world.
One of the oldest fishing villages in the Algarve, Armação de Pêra’s Saturday market is famed throughout the region for its showcase of the sea’s bounty. From freshly caught sea bass and red mullet to clams and shellfish, the traditional methods of local fishermen mean that quality and sustainability are guaranteed.
Nearly 400 years ago, Armação de Pêra earned its name from tuna traps set in the bay of Pêra, beginning a legacy handed down from generation to generation to this very day.
Located at the heart of Armação de Pêra, this historic villa has been a famous landmark on the Armação de Pêra coastline for many years. Now, we are delighted to welcome you to experience its unique connection to the region’s rich cultural history.
The wetlands of the Salgados Nature Reserve are an incredibly rich habitat that welcomes hikers and birdwatchers from around the world. It’s such a good spot, in fact, that its most famous visitors seem to have settled for good…
In Arabic, "Salema" describes a place of purity, somewhere flawless, somewhere safe. And after so many centuries have passed, the name still rings true for the picturesque fishing village known as the Algarve's best kept secret.
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