Praia da Salema

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.

Additional Information

Address: Salema

Postal Code: 8650

County: Vila do Bispo

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Coordinates: 37.0652222,-8.824244444444444