Watch our video itineraries as we explore the Algarve region in Portugal for a week. We show you where to stay, see, eat and drink near Salema – an original Portuguese fishing village. Take a lovely day to drive from Lisbon. We loved the nearby beaches and the local vibe during off season.
The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is known for its Atlantic beaches and golf resorts. Whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s, and now its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants. The region’s western Atlantic coast is less developed. We based ourselves out in Salema for this reason.