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Praia da Salema


Praia da Salema

Vila do Bispo

This beach is in the small fishing town of Salema and also serves as a fishing harbour, the central part being occupied by the fishing boats and respective equipment, such as buckets and fish hooks. You can also watch the fishing boats coming in to land their catch and, later on, sample the octopus, eel and white sea bream at the various restaurants around the town.

The ruins of a Roman villa and a fish conserving factory, attest to Salema’s long fishing tradition.

There is a pleasant beachside promenade with some open-air cafés and restaurants overlooking the sea. Stretching for over a kilometre in length, it is a large beach that becomes quieter as you walk farther to the east, and is bounded by very rugged ochre cliffs. On these rocky walls you can see footprints of the carnivorous bipedal dinosaurs that roamed this region around 140 million years ago.

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Notes: Given the risk of landslides and loose stones falling on to the beach, you are advised to keep a safe distance from the cliffs, especially at the far ends of the beach.

The beach can be accessed on foot and by car through the town of Salema (signposted on the EN 125). There are medium-sized organised car parks next to the beach and on the cliff top to the west (access to the beach is down a wooden staircase). The various support infrastructures include restaurants, WC and information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. This is an accessible beach. Orientation: south / south-east.

GPS: 37° 3'54.80"N 8°49'27.28"W

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    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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