Hotel Residencial Salema

A PROUD HISTORY

Salema is a small, isolated beach and fishing town in the Algarve. It's a great, quiet town for escaping the crowds, though it lacks the amenities and activities of the larger destinations. Historically, Salema has been a very small and secluded fishing village about halfway between Lagos and Sagres. The main road in town, Rua de Pescadores, is home to a number of fisherman who still moor their boats on the shore and daily cast their nets. Recently, the development of large nearby resorts and apartment buildings on the outskirts of the town has threatened to overwhelm Salema's small-town feel, but it remains a fantastic out-of-the-way and laid-back small-town alternative to the big and busy tourist cities of the Algarve. Despite significant local development of resorts and apartment buildings, Salema does not have many tourist attractions. Golf enthusiasts may be interested in the Parque da Floresta, an 18 hole course a couple of miles north of the town. Nearby day trips include Cape Sagres and Lagos, if you have a car or don't mind paying the bus fee, where there are a larger number of clubs, bars, and museums.

The Algarve Way is not the first attempt at an east-west walking route across The Algarve; in 1988, an EU supported project set out to revive an ancient pilgrim way, under the title The Moçárabe Way. To many experienced walkers, this route seemed rather impractical and not sufficiently varied.
In the walking season 1995/6,a group known as the Algarve Wednesday Walkers was formed, led by Maurice and Esme Clyde, and one of their projects, apart from the strenuous Wednesday walks, was to create a new long-distance path across the region. Much of the early work was carried out with the help and support of the Portuguese environmental group Almargem. The first half of the task was completed in 1997, when a group walked from São Bartholomeu de Messines to the Cabo de São Vicente, after much exploration.
A full Algarve Way route was established by 1998, and the Wednesday Walkers undertook the whole journey in that and the following year, covering the 243km in 11 days. A slightly modified route was traversed on horseback in 2000, and at the same time a joint walk was carried out with a group from Seville, linking the Algarve Way with the European route E4/GR13.
Unfortunately, the next stage in the process, the full waymarking and registration of the route, was never carried out, hence the need for the present project.
Since 2000, the route has been walked twice by soloists, one of them a Spaniard from Barcelona in remission from throat cancer, the other an American academic, Kevin Nawn, who was based in Istanbul. Kevin’s successful crossing in 2002 was something of an epic, and it proved that the Algarve Way, even when done with the assistance of experienced locals, is a challenging and difficult route.
Kevin Nawn’s crossing also revealed a number of problems around the precise route of the Algarve Way, but it was not until the winter of 2004/05 that a new effort was made to establish and describe a route which could be followed by groups and individuals, independent of local assistance. With the help of maps and route suggestions provided by Wednesday Walkers pioneers Maurice Clyde, Rod Frew and Thyl Heyselinck, Terry Ames and David Littlewood walked and recorded most of the route plus two or three alternative sections. During the season 2005/06 this work was completed, and the result, together with subsequent updates, is the basic content of this site. A full revision has been undertaken in the early months of 2008, as the result of the experience of people walking the route. Much of the delay in reaching the present stage is due to the incapacity of Maurice Clyde. Shortly after Kevin Nawn’s crossing in 2002, Maurice suffered a major stroke which has rendered him permanently hors de combat. He has now returned to the UK. This website and the information it contains is a tribute to his achievements.