spacious, close to beach, great seaview, garden, fireplace
Angelika and Michal
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About Angelika and Michal
Dear guests We are Michal and Angelika and are renting out our beautiful holiday home, amidst Europe’s biggest coastal natural reserve. There is so much to discover here and the sun is shining wastefully like nowhere else in Europe. We feel enchanted by this country and its people and may be it will be just the same for you. (Since outumn 2017 booking procedure has changed with homeaway, if you have any questions you can call us)
Why Angelika and Michal chose Salema
With more than 3000 hours of sunshine per year the south-western Algarve is the sunniest area in Europe. At the World Travel Award 2012 the Algarve won 7 prizes among others the Award 'Europe's Leading Beach destination' for it's more than hundred unusually beautiful beaches. On top of it 70 of the beaches were awarded with the Blue Flag for their exceptionally clean water, among them Salema beach.
What makes this House unique
Because we’ve been living in the Algarve for a long time we know the place and have quite a few insider trips, that we happily pass on to you. We can help you book a car, hire a baby-sitter, book surfing lessons, a climbing or mountain bike tour, horse riding lessons ... In the house you’ll find descriptions of possible walks, excursions, day-trips and other useful information. We would be glad to have you as our guests.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Great location and comfortable, spacious house
Nearby nature reserve, walks and beaches were fantastic at this time of year when tourism is low. But much of the town and neighbouring Figuiera shuts down over the Christmas holidays, so be prepared for limited restaurant options. In our view the quiet and uncrowded conditions then make up for any of these inconveniences.
Good, comfortable house, short distance to village and beach
Comfortable house with lots of space. Not far from village and beach although a good walk up a steep hill. Would recommend.
Fantastic property in an amazing location
We have just come back from an amazing holiday staying at Casa Boa Vida. Salema is a fantastic place with a very relaxed atmosphere, there are plenty of good places to eat and the blue flag beach is clean, quiet and very picturesque. The House is a short 5 to 10 minute walk from the beach and is maintained to a very high standard with a beautiful garden/patio area at the rear. The property is very family friendly, with toys, books and games which was great for our two year old son. There are balconies in two of the bedrooms and a spacious living area and dining room downstairs. The kitchen is well equipped, there are a couple of small supermarkets within 5 minutes walking distance and a larger supermarket about 5 minute drive away. I would highly recommend this property and hope to visit again soon!
Large home in the perfect town!
We stayed at Casa Boa Vida for two weeks in June 2015. First, Salema is by far our favorite town in the Algarve. We stayed in Sagres once before and visited many beaches and towns throughout the Algarve. Salema is perfect in every way. The beach is beautiful and the water was warm and not too rough to swim in with our little one. The house is enormous and was more than enough room for our family of 4 with a teenager and toddler. The beds were comfortable, hot water always worked and kitchen stocked with basics. We really enjoyed coming home after a long day at the beach or travelling around. We made meals and ate outside in the back yard. Beautiful views of the ocean. The walk to town/beach is very close, but it is a steep hill. It was not a problem for us, but plan to take your time. Do yourself a favor and eat at O'Lourenco's and Pizza Mobile (one of our favorite daily spots). Angelika was so helpful through the booking process and always available. The house has many books and maps and a great welcome book with hand drawn maps of walks and would took advantage and explored the area. The house is convenient to everything you need. We would love to stay again!
I can recommend the property and the area
Amazing house with all the comforts you could ask for. The place was spotless and well maintained with plenty of space. It is situated on the outskirts of the village and a few minute walk will take you into the centre of Salema. There you will find the restaurants and the bars and of course the beach. There is also a smaller and less frequented beach off to the right from the Salema beach “proper”. There is a small grocery shop in the village but for a greater choice you’d have to go to another village nearby. And for that you should have a car.
Salema turned out to be ideal as a base for exploring both South and West coasts as well as inland (Costa Vicentina National Park). The South coast (beach...) was a 5 min walk from the house, the West coast takes 10, 20 min drive by car. The beaches there were worth exploring. Magnificent, some stretching for kilometers with dramatic, high cliffs. The west coast ocean was rougher though so I’d definitely not recommend swimming out unless you are a surfer and have something to hold onto... I would also recommend visiting Monchique – a mountain range nearby. Great views of the entire tip of the continent, better than google earth...
I think we made a good choice, I can recommend the property and the area. Come to think of it, we might come again. There is plenty more to explore and discover...
Großes gepflegtes Haus für bis zu 6 Personen
Großzügiges Haus am Ortsrand von Salema. Geeignet für vier Erwachsene plus zwei Kinder Insgesamt sehr gute Ausstattung, so auch in der Küche: alles ist möglich. Nette begrünte Terrasse.
Steiler Rückweg zu Fuß vom Ortskern mit seinen Restaurants ersetzt Besuch im Fitnessstudio. Einfahrt auf den Stellplatz vor dem Haus ist für breitere Autos sehr eng.
The traditional fishing village lays embedded in a sandy cove in the most south-western corner of Europe.
Even today there are dozens of fishing boats lying at the slope and the beach of Salema. Late afternoons the fisherman are preparing their boats for the following night. The next morning early birds can watch them return and bring home their last nights catch and later on to mend their nets at the promenade.
You can buy your fish for the evening barbeque freshly caught from the fishermen.
Even though the village is small and tranquil, there are quite a few restaurants, cafes and beach bars that are open from morning till night apart from some weeks in Winter. Particularly during the high season the charm of the fishing village attracts tourists from the surrounding area so there is always a cheerful ado at the village square and the beach.
There are 2 small supermarkets in the village that sell everyday goods like fruit and vegetables, groceries, pastries, toiletries ... For bulk shopping we advise to go to one of the 2 big supermarkets that are each only 3 km away from Salema, one in Budens, the other one in Vila do Bispo.
Salema beach is extensive and rich in variety so everyone can find a place according to his/her needs, whether behind a lonely cliff or amongst other sunbathers on a rented sun lounger. For even more variety you can explore the plentiful of partially deserted little coves nearby. Some you can only reach by foot. Each has got its own character. Following a path south-westwards from „Casa Boa Vida“ you’ll end up in pure nature. The only sign of civilisation is an insignificant path that leads you down to an idyllic bay. Before you start the way downyou’ll pass a small natural terrace. So close to the house and still in the middle of nowhere with a breathtaking view this has been our favourite picnic place. When the tides have rinsed away the fine sand, white pebbles and clay are revealed and the beach becomes an ideal place for artists and children to build sculptures. There are a number of small rock pools on the shore where no swimmers and children can safely enjoy the quality of mineralized marine waters. In the yellow orange rocks by the beach you can try to find the footprints of the Iguanodon dinosaur. If you pass the rocks on the other side of the cove you’ll soon reach the next bay.This beach, too, you can only reach afoot. In the steep wall of rocks there are plenty of nesting sites of various marine birds. As well, there is a wide open cave that offers shade and is a great place for your children to act as „Robinson Crusoe“. To the next beach you can get by car or have a walk through a wonderful wild valley or from across a little hill and pass an old roman ruin ... The next beach is special because its fine sand that reaches far back into the interior country. The beach consists of several connected coves, grottoes and cages as well as a beautiful rock gate.
This way from Salema you can follow many trails alongside the beaches from bay to bay, along the cliffs or through the hinterland across shallow hills, wild meadows with blossoming agaves and fragrant cistus, through olive groves, woods of eucalyptus trees, passing moorish and roman ruins, age-old menhirs or abandoned homesteads...We`ve prepared some walking guides for you that you will find in the house.
In only a quarter of an hour by car from Salema you reach the coarse west coast with it’s jagged cliffs, meters high surging billows, it’s extensive dunes and up to 80 meter high steep coast. The west coast is a place of pilgrimage for surfers and paragliders. The climate of the westcoast is noticable different. There is often a difference in temperature of a few degrees and the wind is stronger. This way you can experience 2 different climate zones.
Lagos and Sagres
Salema is located right between the two most important towns of the region, the picturesque lively Lagos and the most southwest point of Europe, the history laden town of Sagres. You can reach both towns in 15 minutes by car. The bus is going several times a day from Lagos via Salema to Sagres and back. Both towns have a marina and a fishing harbour. From here various boat tours are being offered as for example dolphin watching, grottoes tours, sea angling or a trip with a historical caravel. In the expanded pedestrian area in the old town of Lagos there are plenty of shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and discothèques.
Finally, a loose compilation of further possible leisure time activities in the Region: several adventure parks with various attractions all about water, hands on museum ‘Centro de Sciencia Vivo’ for children and adults in Lagos, the navigators school from 16th century und and the light house in Sagres, , flea market in Barao Sao Joao with pedal car hire for children, gypsy market, thermal spring in Monchique, Zoo, golf, surfing, snorkelling, diving, mountain biking, jeep safari, horse riding, donkey tours, bird watching ...