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Paria da Salema, or in English, Salema beach, is an old fisherman's village tucked away on Portugal's southwestern tip. A wonderful beach town, Salema is nestled in a quiet cove at the end of a steep ravine, where local fisherman still work their boats and nets as they have for many years.
Salema ’s south-facing beach sits between golden cliffs at either end. The village street winds up the cliff on the eastern end of the beach, while the Atlantico restaurant/bar is at mid-beach, serving as the de-facto line between the tourist beach and the working fisherman's beach.
There are few remaining beach towns where colorful fishing boats share the beach with a colony of sun-worshipers who relax far from the tacky souvenir shops and package-tour rat race. Salema is one of them. There is no barrier between the beach and the village, and small boats painted in bright colours, rest on the sand close to the first line of houses. Each morning the boats launch from the beach when the surf allows, to catch bass, mackerel, sardines and octopus which can be savoured in the local restaurants the same evening.
The beach is sandy and gently sloping, making it ideal for swimming and safe for children. There is life guard service in summer months and the seawater quality is excellent. On the beach, it's easy to find the perfect location, near the cliffs, or in the shade, to spread your towel and settle in for a day of lounging.
Salema is ideal for those wanting to be near a beach, within easy walking distance to restaurants and bars, yet still enjoy a true village atmosphere. Salema has a number of wonderful restaurants that specialize in fresh fish. Try the Boia Bar overlooking the beach, or if you’re looking for a takeaway, fresh pizzas made before your eyes are available from the Pizza Bar.
Visitors to Salema, love the beach but what truly makes this village a wonderful beach town is the open-hearted approach of the friendly, kind Portuguese people.
In recent years Salema has become more geared to the independent holiday maker offering a hotels, apartments, villas and many private rooms for rent. In the valley which leads down to the village there is a camping and caravanning site. Its an easy walk from the site to the village.