If you’re looking for a slice of the Algarve that’s been unspoiled by tourism, you’ll strike gold in Salema. This dinky town is a breath of fresh air compared to the built-up resorts along the rest of the Algarve’s southern coast. It’s a whitewashed fishing village that’s retained its traditional look and feel. Expect a jumble of miniature blue-trimmed houses and latticed chimneys, bobbing faded fishing boats, and a deliciously slow pace.
Follow the cobbled Rua dos Pescadores and you’ll come to Salema Beach – a gorgeous sandy number washed by see-through waves, and awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness. Holidays to Salema will land you in a protected area of rich wildlife and miles of craggy coastline. The beach is bookended by yellow limestone rocks said to be around 150 million years old. Walk where the dinosaurs once did and hunt for fossils to take home.