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Make holiday rental accommodation or a beachfront villa in Salema, Portugal your home away from home

Hidden in a narrow valley in the Vila do Bispo region of western Algarve, Salema is still primarily a working fishing village where brightly coloured fishing boats gleam against the background of fine white sand and azure blue waters. Salema beachfront villas are unlike any other in the Algarve, as Salema really is the last undiscovered beach resort in Portugal. Old fishermen really do sit in the beach mending their nets next to bikini clad tourists soaking up the sun!

Things to do on holiday in Salema, Portugal

Salema is a delightful place to relax. Wandering leisurely through the whitewashed house lined cobbled streets of Salema cannot fail to charm, and there are a handful of excellent little shops, bars and restaurants throughout the village meaning that every whim is catered for. There is also a bustling weekly market from which you can buy fish caught just hours before, extremely fresh vegetables and local crafts. Each morning, fish can be bought from the main square, usually from the back of a small van, so you will never run out of food during your stay in self catering Salema accommodation.

However, most people take Salema accommodation for use of one of the most charming beaches in Portugal, Salema beach. Shaded by steep cliffs, the beach is wide and sandy, and there is always a good spot to relax, sunbathe and swim as the crowds tend to gravitate to the more famous resorts east of Salema. Salema beach is picturesque and unhurried, and there is very little that can beat waking up in a Salema beachfront villa and having breakfast overlooking the ocean. Salema beach, Portugal does provide lifeguards and warning flags for bathers. There is a wonderfully secluded beach just 15 minutes from Salema accommodation too, the Praia do Castelejo, although there really is no reason to leave the vicinity of your Salema beachfront villa. Body Boards, fishing rods, canoes and windsurfing equipment can all be hire directly from the beach too.

Scuba diving is particularly popular from a beachfront villa in Salema, as there is the wreck of a French Man of War lying just 300m offshore, and there are regular dives over the wreck available.

Places to visit on holiday in Salema, Portugal

The nearest large town to Salema accommodation is the tourist favourite, Lagos. Although there is always a huge amount going on in Lagos, ranging from bustling shopping trips to endless water sports, Lagos never seems to get overrun by tourists. Every activity, facility and service can be found in Lagos, and if you are looking for a good night out during your stay in a Salema beachfront property, the short distance to Lagos is well worth travelling.

Weather in Salema, Portugal

The retreat of Salema accommodation is accessible throughout the year. During the summer months, the calm sea and glorious beach are the focus of attention as aver age temperatures soar to around 32?C. During the winter months, when temperatures rarely get below 10?C, a beachfront villa in Salema becomes a peaceful, scenic retreat, far from the hassles of everyday life.

Travel to Salema, Portugal

Faro International Airport (FAO) is an hour from any of the Salema beachfront villas available. There are many transfer options from the airport too, with coach services costing around £12. There are also many car hire companies operating out of the airport as well as good train services to nearby Lagos

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                                                                                                  Fantastic!

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                                                                                                  Fernando's house exceeded our expectations. It was clean and spacious. The location is perfect, 2 minutes walk from the beach but a little tucked away from the main road. The only comments I would make is that it can get a little noisy from the restaurants close by and that for my tall husband, all beds have a foot board so it was difficult for him to stretch out. That said, everything else was to our liking and Fernando was very attentive with his informative emails before, during and after our stay. We would definitely like to return next Summer!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  Lovely villa in fantastic location

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                                                                                                  Private, spacious, comfortable and clean villa with beautiful pool and great barbecue area. It is 10 minutes walk (up a steep hill) from the quaint and peaceful village of Salema which has a lovely beach, great restaurants and a few little shops. Each morning we loved walking there to buy fresh bread from the caravan and fish from the fish van. The views from the villa are stunning and Amanda and Keith, the owners of the villa who live next door, are wonderful and always willing to help. We loved our holiday so much that we have already booked to return to South Annexe next year!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2016
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                                                                                                  A fabulous villa!!

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                                                                                                  My now husband & I stayed at villa Santa Maria for 4 weeks in May 2016 as our base for our Portugal wedding The location is perfect, only a few mins drive to the local villages of Salema, Burgau & Luz a bit further as well as being very close to the Parque da Floresta golf course which was an added bonus for my husband! The local intermarche is less than 10 mins by foot and very handy indeed. Now to the villa………… The space in this place is amazing, 5 great sized bedrooms, 3 upstairs all with en suite and 2 more downstairs with a bathroom to share, although for the majority of the 4 weeks, it was just us and our 2 border collies we couldn’t have asked for a better place. The kitchen area which has been newly extended was a perfect space for us to cook and entertain our friends who had come out for the wedding, and the fact it goes straight out to the fabulous pool and terrace area was just perfect, as so many of the properties in Portugal tend to have the pool off bedrooms. The kitchen was well stocked with tableware, glasses, cutlery etc so we were really able to make it a home from home during our long stay. The pool area was amazing, a total suntrap with sunshine from 9am until it sets in the evening, and as the property is set into the hills, it is completely sheltered from the famous algarve breeze you often get! Another great addition to the outside space is a new covered table area, which was a welcome rest area when the sun became too much for some! A great sized living room too, but to be honest, we spent 99% of our time in the kitchen or outside having BBQs and enjoying the pool! Nazare the cleaner was a delight to see each morning, although she speaks very little English (but much more than we speak Portuguese!!) we got along really well with her & her husband. Kathy has been a pleasure to deal with, during the wedding planning, I changed our dates several times, and she was always more than accommodating to our requests. It’s safe to say we had a great time, in fact we are already booked to return this September!! We have been coming to the same part of Portugal for almost 8 years now, and this is certainly one of the best places we have stayed for location, and the house itself and what it offers. A fantastic villa for families, groups of friends or anyone who just loves to have their own pool and great space at an affordable cost! *****
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: May 2016