Salema and surroundings


Salema Eco Camp locates at Salema, a fishing village in the civil parish of Budens, municipality of Vila do Bispo, Algarve, that has a beach with the same name, Praia da Salema.

Recognised by The Guardian and The Telegraphas “One of the world’s 50 best beaches” and one of the best in the “family category” and by the Travel & Leisure magazine as “one of the world’s most beautiful secret beaches”, this place will receive all those who come here with its arms wide open.

Part of Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park (Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina), Salema is a fishing port where people can watch fishing vessels returning to land after a day of labour.


Rua dos Pescadores is the oldest historical heritage of Salema. And the several old images depicted in a number of restaurants in this village are the proof of that.

Salema’s human past goes back to a Prehistoric time with about 8 thousand years as confirmed by the archaeological remains found in the vicinity of this village. The Romans have also left behind significant evidences of their preference for this area.

By preserving its unique, diversified Natural, Cultural and Landscape Heritage, the village of Salema presents itself as an authentic gem between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

In this secret village, still protected from crowds, where life is simple and serenity is queen, there is a small treasure with millions of years. Footprints from dinosaurs that inhabited this region more than 140 million years ago!

There are dozens of footprints spread around Praia da Salema and Praia Santa. First footprints were found 20 years ago in Praia da Salema, but this fact is still unknown to many Algarve residents.

Access to footprints in Praia Santa is much more difficult and winding. And please note that you will not discover these footprints without being accompanied by a guide.

Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Vicentina´s Cost

“Everything changes where the motorway ends. Suddenly, just beyond Lagos, there are no more superstores, no more water parks, no more billboards for party nights (…) wind down the window and the scent of eucalyptus and ozone-packed sea aromas floods in (…) The Costa Vicentina is just perfect for those of us still nostalgic for the innocent pleasures of European seaside holidays as they used to be before the crowds descended”.

Travelling through the West Coast is crossing landscapes worthy of any postcard that “harbour” the Portugal’s most beautiful beaches. Is finding these magnificent places with a wide variety of plants that make the most magnificent picture, regardless of being taken by a professional or an amateur photographer.

Is finding a wild, still hidden Algarve that brings along an unmatched, special energy. This magical place, much loved by hippies and surfers, promises to continue to have many hidden secrets.


Beaches to visit

(distance from Salema Eco Camp)


  • Bordeira (16km)
  • Amado (15km)
  • Ponta Ruiva (16km) – maravilhoso por do sol
  • Telheiro (16km)
  • Cordoama (17km)
  • Castelejo (17km)


  • Salema (1km)
  • Beliche (Sagres) – (18km)
  • Mareta (Sagres) – (16km)
  • Tonel (17km)
  • Martinhal (17km)
  • Barranco (12km)
  • Blimunda e Baltasar (4.2km)
  • Furnas (4.6km)
  • Luz (13km)
  • Zavial (7.6km)
  • Ingrina (8.3km)
  • Boca do Rio (3.7km)
  • Cabanas Velhas (6.3km)
  • Figueira (3.8km)
  • Burgau (8.4km)


Spring and Autumn are the perfect seasons to walk along the famous trails of the Rota Vicentina.

And the Fisherman’s Trail, which the village of Salema is part of, is probably one of the best coastal trails in the world.

Always by the sea, following the paths used by locals to access beaches and fishing grounds, this is a single track that can only be walked on, along the cliffs, with a lot of sand and therefore more demanding from a physical point of view.

A challenge to permanent contact with the sea wind, the harshness of the coastal landscape and the presence of wild and persistent nature. It includes a total of 13 stages, totaling 226.5 km.


On the Sagres – Salema route, the toughest stage of the Fisherman’s Trail, the hiker is rewarded by the grandeur of the limestone cliffs, of unique shapes, adorned by the beautiful beaches of Martinhal, Barranco, Ingrina, Zavial, Furnas, Figueira and finally, Salema .

In the last stage inside the Natural Park, Salema – Luz, it is worth taking some binoculars to observe the birds that appear along this trail, especially if you do it early in the morning, while imagining the old pirate attacks and corsairs, on land and at sea.