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Welcome to A Maré

A Maré is a family-owned guest house offering traditional Algarve bed and breakfast accommodation, as well as self-catering apartments and studios.

We are situated right in the heart of the quaint fishing village of Salema, 50 meters away from the Atlantic shoreline, enjoying spectacular views over the white sandy beach to the ocean beyond.

A Maré was built in the early 1980’s and was the first guest house to appear in the fishing village of Salema. At this time Salema was still relatively undiscovered or known to many tourists. A Maré remains the only guest house from that time that is still be open today. When it was built, A Maré was primarily a bar and restaurant which operated a couple of guest rooms. Since it was built, A Maré has undergone a series of sympathetic alterations, expansions and renovations, the latest being in 2021. The works have been carried out with a view to making A Maré comfortable by modern standards, whilst importantly, still retaining the same traditional charm and personality that makes Salema so unique for many people.

The name of our guest house has remained unchanged during all these years and it can be translated as “The Tide” - a reference to the ocean that sits on our doorstep. The name has a very important meaning for the local fishermen, since knowing the tides was essential to them to ensure they did not succumb to the raw power of the Atlantic Ocean. Our logo also connects us to the seas, where above each letter of our name, you will find the corresponding alphabetical flag of the international code of visual signs used to facilitate communication between naval stations.

A Maré is built on a wonderful vantage point, in the center of Salema, overlooking the beach. The accommodation is on three different floors, with access to each floor being made by stairs only. There are 9 different units in total, which are all named after famous beaches, places and caves of our area. We have four en-suite rooms, two studios and three apartments. The four en-suite rooms offer either twin or double accommodation, with private modern en-suite facilities and are on a bed and breakfast basis. The studios also offer both twin and double accommodation along with their own mini kitchens, lounge areas, space for dining and modern en-suite facilities. Breakfast is offered as an optional extra in the studios which mean that they are perfectly suited for guests who like the option of now and again preparing their own small meals, or for those that like the relaxation of a breakfast made for them and just prefer that little bit extra space. Our three apartments have full kitchens, lounge areas and modern bathrooms. The apartments are the most spacious of our accommodations and are suited to guests that like to cater for themselves.

A Maré does not have a private car park, but being situated right in the centre, there are plenty of public parking spaces so you will always be able to find a spot, even during the busy months of summer.

Being situated in the center of Salema, A Maré has excellent access to all that the village has to offer.