Salema is a small town with a long history as a fishing village perfectly located amongst the cliffs and the beaches of the Algarve, it also benefits from being part of the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park. Although, the hillsides surrounding the town are dotted with holiday homes and accommodations, Salema still has its traditional fishing village which makes the friendly population really proud. Close to the beach is the boat launch, where you’ll often see fisherman tending to their boats or their nets. Along the small streets you’ll find cafés, bars and cosy restaurants. For the active persons, there’s some stunning clifftop walks to really get a feel for the west Algarve.
Praia da Salema is a Blue Flag beach, with its fine golden sand, good water quality, beach access, and family safety. As a popular and family focused beach, Praia de Salema offers all of the usual beach facilities. The beach is life guarded during the summer season, and there’s an array of sun loungers and parasol rental services.
At either end of Praia da Salema are the typical gold and orange limestone cliffs. Some of the oldest sections actually date to the Lower Cretaceous period, so they're around 150 million years old! It is amongst these layers of limestone rocks that fossil hunters can be rewarded with the remains and fossils of marine life and even dinosaur footprints.
At Salema you will get the best of both worlds: the clear azure waters of the south coast combined with the peace of the western Algarve.
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