Salema beach in the western Algarve has been elected one of the best secret beaches in the world by an American travel publication.
Travel&Leisure has listed Salema, the only Portuguese beach in a ranking of 15, as one of the most tranquil and secluded beaches in the world.
Salema was chosen for being one of the few remaining genuine fishing villages in a coastline marked by high density construction.
Other countries whose beaches featured on the list were France, Philippines, Australia, Mexico, Hawai, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil and Mozambique.
Vila do Bispo Mayor Adelino Soares told the Algarve Resident: “It is a privilege to see Salema listed in a world ranking for the best secret beaches by the largest travel publication in the United States, which is read monthly by around 4.8 million people.
“Regrettably this recognition has not been felt at national level as the ‘Seven Wonders – Beaches of Portugal’ panel of judges rejected Salema beach from its selection.”