Salema’s “dinosaur footprint” beach among world’s best

Vila do Bispo’s beautifully unspoiled Salema beach has been named the 15th best in the world by British newspaper The Guardian.

Famous for boasting a rare set of dinosaur footprints, Salema was the only Portuguese beach to make the top-50 list.
“In the far west of the Algarve, the fishing village of Salema has somehow escaped the large-scale development that blights much of Portugal’s southern coast,” the paper writes.

“Fishermen tend their nets on the sandy Blue Flag-certified beach, and dinosaur footprints can be found preserved in the limestone rocks.

“The gentle waves are perfect for a spot of boogie boarding under the watchful eye of the lifeguards on duty in the summer. There are sun loungers and umbrellas for hire, toilets and showers, and a good choice of restaurants and cafés.
The full list – headed by Source d’Argent (Seychelles), Dune du Pyla (France) and Shoal Bay (Antigua) – can be found at (click here).

This was not the first time Salema beach received international praise.

In 2012, it was named “one of the best secret beaches in the world” by American travel publication Travel&Leisure (click here).