Salema Beach
Salema Beach
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Ken
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I have been to Salema many times and always enjoyed the walk along the beach. It has now been cut in half and you can only walk to the right along the beach. They have covered the left hand side from the village to the point in very large rocks. This cuts the beach in half. YES I understand erosion and the need to protect the cliffs, but this will impact on visitor numbers. I talked to many people who are totally aghast at whats been done.
Written 16 February 2020
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Chris C
Panama City, Panama4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Physically the beach is nice. No public bathrooms. This is a nude beach so beware. Older people were taking their clothes off in front of the Baio restaurant on the beach. They rent the chairs and tables on the beach and right when you are eating your lunch, there’s Omma and Oppa buck naked. So gross . There are no signs indicating it’s a nude beach and Rick Steves articles did not mention it so we understood it was NOT a nude beach.It’s unnerving and shocking to see 75 year old people naked if you aren’t expecting it. Just saying. Dogs are on the beach and most people don’t clean up after their dogs so beware.
Written 18 November 2023
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Northers1973
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Nice beach with some restaurants and lots of parking. Also some shops selling plastic tut. Watch out for the portion of the beach between the two-toned red and yellow flags where the fat slugs in the daybeds object to other beach users setting up lest their view of the sea is disrupted. Policed by a lifeguard whose time would surely be better spent looking out for swimmers' safety than the interests of an entitled minority.
Written 5 October 2022
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Jody
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Family
We’ve always loved coming to this beautiful beach, my husband’s family have been coming for 35+ years . The lovely beaches, breezy climate and friendly people are what made us come back. Unfortunately, what used to be one of
Few remaining family friendly authentic holiday destinations, is now heading towards being just like other money making mass tourism places. Beach bar & staff at beach are unwelcoming to families with kids. Very formal beach restaurant & unfriendly staff. Families are told to leave when sat too closely to paid area because the staff don’t want baby tents spoiling the view of customers that reserved beds but aren’t there yet , in case people that reserved turn up
Written 19 July 2022
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RayeBow
Surrey, UK297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Beautiful sandy beach, wonderfully blue sea, easy to access restaurants and public loos.

This is a lovely beach, easily accessible from the village or via steps from a car park.

The downside was that dogs are allowed to freely roam, which isn’t the case for the main Summer season in England, and there were quite a few of them, despite all the young children.

It was also lovely in the evening to stroll along.
Written 17 April 2022
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synToronto
Toronto, Canada981 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I had read that Salema beach was listed on some top 25 best beaches list, so when we will on the N125 passing by Vila de Bispo and saw the sign to Salema, we had to look.
I suspect that the main appeal to the beach is that it is not overly crowded. I had heard that the surf is fairly gentle and the town still on the quiet side.
I can say that the beach was not too crowded and it did have amenities such as chair and umbrella rentals, with some restaurants accessible to the beach front.
Parking: The biggest challenge is parking - finding the parking lot and then a spot. The town is small and the roads are small. There is a free public parking area (angled parking) at the top of the hill, but that is small. If you go into town, there is an incredibly narrow road (due to cars parked on both sides) that takes you into a free public dirt lot. There is a tiny parking lot as you first enter, but you drive through to a larger dirt lot. Don't be an idiot and block people by parking in the entrance. I can't explain finding parking any better other than drive around (but I was often wondering where I should be driving).
Overall: Salema is a good choice if you want beach variety with somewhat fewer people.
Written 28 August 2019
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Sam H
Glasgow, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Family
Great beach with lots of lovely fish restaurants around at v reasonable prices
Review of eating places to follow but this area of Salema and Figueria is outstanding
Written 11 July 2019
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Pesman66
Thrapston, UK122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2016 • Family
This was the closest beach to our Villa at Quinta da Encosta Velha 106, Santo Antonio Resort, Salema. It is an old fishing village that is now totally turned over to tourism. As such it is small and cheaper than the surrounding better known beaches at Luz and Lagos.
We used this as our default beach. Depending on wind direction it offered great waves or calm bathing.
Sun beds are also cheaper here with basic 2 beds and umbrella only 10€ and a luxury four-poste 25€. Even with the lousy exchange rate this seemed good value.
There a re a number of child-friendly restaurants serving the usual tourist fair.
A couple of tourist shops and a supermarket as well
Parking is a nightmare. Just head straight through the sea front and park under the blue gum trees at the back of the sea front. A bit dusty but loads of room. All parking is free.
Written 22 July 2016
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sixmile
Amsterdam, The Netherlands22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
you approach the beach on a very winding pretty lane so I already get the feeling that I have stumbled accross this beach by pure luck. It is in the middle of nowhere other than local residents and a couple of well to do holiday home/rental resorts so it seems to stay pretty quiet. I have visited it in May and August. My father is quite anti sand (better not to ask) and so we hired beds and parasols. The sand is very fine, the beach very clean, there are various types of places to eat to suit all styles and budgets even though the place is tiny. There is a free parking small carpark right next to the beach with just a small incline down to the sand, so excellent access for everyone. There is a bit of a shelf in the sea, but for me, this just adds to some good wave breaks but current is very gentle. I was with my toddler and felt safe, but there is also a guarded section for better peace of mind. The original tiny village is also picturesque and quaint for a bit of a potter.
Written 1 September 2014
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Gem@5
United Kingdom23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Always make time to visit this beach when on holiday although its way out in the Western Algarve. Beautiful little fishing town which retains much of its character. Perfect sandy beach and only 10 euro for sun loungers. Toilets easily accessible and great restaurant overlooking beach.
Written 25 August 2014
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