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.
Portugal is home to several bone chapels, one of which is a short drive from the Red Chalet and found behind a church in the small village of Alcantarilha.
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.
To see the truth of things we look to the eyes, this is certainly true of Olhos de Água, a name that translates as the “eyes of the water”. By looking a little deeper into these eyes we discover what makes this fishing village so unique.
Many paths have crossed Salema’s golden sands, many footprints have been washed away by its blue waters, but incredibly some have managed to endure since they were first planted some 125 million years ago…
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