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With its unspoiled beaches and charming cobblestone streets, Salema in western Algarve is located in the parish of Budens, Vale do Bispo.  Imposing cliffs and also golden sandy beaches makes Salema a picture-perfect postcard setting.  

Fishing Village

The village of Salema is one of the few villages with a fishing fleet of traditional colourful boats. Still launched from the beach (now with the help of a tractor), which is cast into the sea to catch snapper, mackerel, sardines, and also octopus that you can enjoy freshly grilled at one of the local restaurants. 

The lovely sandy beach is gently sloping that is ideal for swimming and safe for children. A lifeguard is also  on duty in the summer months and the quality of sea water is excellent. 

Salema boat 1
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Beautiful Beaches

Another key point is at either end of the beach are yellow limestone rocks which date back to around 150 million years ago. Above them are the more recent red limestone rock which contrasts beautifully with the bright blue sky. It is among these that you will find fossils, shells, and even the footprints of dinosaurs. 

About 300m beneath the waters of Salema Beach you can also visit the French warship L’Ocean, sunk during the Seven Years’ War. 


There are some fabulous local bars and also restaurants in Salema, some traditional gift shops, and convenience stores. The city of Lagos is to the east and Sagres to the West, both approx. 15 km away. In about 15 minutes by car you can also be by the west coast. 


Here you can find more sandy beaches stretching down the cliffs for miles. If you want to do more than to just lie on the beach there is golf, tennis, spas, horseback riding, boat trips and nature walks all within a few miles. From the beach cliffs there are also great launching points for practicing paragliding. 

Salema beach
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  • Where is Salema?  It is situated within the Costa Vincentina Natural Park, a protected area of outstanding natural beauty in the western Algarve region of Portugal.. 
  • How far is Salema from Faro Airport? Approx. 1 hour and 15 minute drive from the airport. Click HERE to see the map.
  • How far is Salema from Lisbon? Approx. 3 hours  drive. Click HERE to see the map.
  • What restaurants are near to Salema Beach? Here are 9 popular restaurants in Salema – D’Italia Pizzaria, Em lume brando, A Boia, Agua na Boca, Atlantico, O Lourenco, Sweet & Temptation, Olhos N’agua and O Teheiro do Infante.
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