Holiday villas in Salema, Budens

Salema is a sleepy, scenic fishing village, situated in the larger region of Budens, with a laid-back vibe and a relatively unspoilt beach. Historically, Salema has been a working fishing village for many years and the central part of the beach is still the boat launch where fisherman set off each morning, returning with their catch of the day, which is quite a mesmerising site. As a result, many of the restaurants here specialise in the freshest of fish and seafood. The secluded and tranquil beach is a one kilometre stretch of soft, golden sand and gentle surf. The promenade is lined with restaurants and the beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for water quality, cleanliness, facilities and beach access. Salema is perfect for families or groups of friends looking for a restful break and an escape from busy lives. Let us help find your perfect holiday villa in Salema.


Things we love…
“There is a real sense of calm here and the beach is natural and unspoilt which is very special. The restaurants are also fabulous, especially if you enjoy seafood.”

Things to be aware of…
“It is about 100km from the airport so a slightly longer journey. It is well worth the extra few minutes though as you are rewarded with a relaxed vibe and less tourists.”

 – Ginnie, Managing Director

Featured Villas in Salema

Residence Sol e Mar
Salema & Budens

From: £2037 per week

Bedrooms: 2 | Sleeps: 5

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Residence Estrela do Mar
Salema & Budens

From: £2037 per week

Bedrooms: 2 | Sleeps: 5

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Vista Salema (Eco-Friendly)
Salema & Budens

From: £2198 per week

Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 9

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Villa Mar à Vista
Salema & Budens

From: £6041 per week

Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 10

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Villa Mar Azul
Salema & Budens

From: £6678 per week

Bedrooms: 6 | Sleeps: 14

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Villa Alegria
Salema & Budens

From: £9541 per week

Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 8

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What To Do in Salema

Nestled along the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve, this quaint fishing village is your ticket to a laid-back, yet utterly captivating getaway. It’s the kind of place where time slows down, and you’ll find yourself immersed in the rhythms of the sea and the warm embrace of the local culture.

Salema offers a little something for everyone – whether you’re an adventurous traveller, a beach lover, a history buff, or a foodie in search of culinary delights. With its pristine beaches, rich history, and delectable cuisine, this hidden gem on the Algarve coast is ready to be explored.

Salema boasts a stunning Blue Flag beach with golden sands and crystal-clear waters. You can laze under the sun, take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic, or try your hand at various water sports like paddleboarding and kayaking. For a true escape, explore the hidden coves and pristine beaches nearby.

Dive into the rich history of Salema by visiting the 16th-century Nossa Senhora da Encarnação Church, a fascinating architectural marvel. Wander the charming cobblestone streets to uncover ancient, whitewashed houses and immerse yourself in the village’s centuries-old fishing traditions.

Salema sits in the midst of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, offering a plethora of walking and hiking trails with breathtaking coastal vistas. You can explore the cliffs, rugged coastline, and lush landscapes, making it a nature lover’s paradise.

Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural exploration, Salema has an abundance of activities to suit every taste and we’re here to help you find the perfect luxury villa in Salema to rent.

Discover the best things to do in Salema in our blog below.

best things to do in salema

Beaches near Salema

When it comes to beaches near Salema, you’re in for a real treat. Nestled along the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve, this charming fishing village serves as a gateway to some of the most spectacular coastal treasures in Portugal.

With its own enchanting beach as a starting point, Salema sets the stage for a beach-hopping adventure that will take you to stunning stretches of sand, hidden coves, and breathtaking natural beauty.

Starting right in Salema, this Blue Flag beach boasts soft golden sands and clear, calm waters. It’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying a beachfront meal at one of the local restaurants.

Just a short drive east of Salema, you’ll find Praia do Zavial. This secluded beach is a surfer’s haven, with consistent waves, making it an ideal spot for those looking to catch some waves or simply unwind in a peaceful, unspoiled setting.

A bit farther to the east, Praia do Castelejo is known for its wild, rugged beauty. It’s a haven for surfers and nature enthusiasts, offering dramatic cliffs and fantastic photo opportunities.

Dive into more of the best beaches near Salema in our blog below.

best beaches near salema

Family Activities in Salema

Salema is not just a tranquil escape for couples and solo travellers – it’s also a fantastic destination for families seeking to create cherished memories together. With its inviting beaches, rich cultural experiences, and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere, Salema has something to offer every member of your clan.

The beautiful Salema Beach is perfect for families. The calm waters make it ideal for swimming, and the golden sands are excellent for building sandcastles. Let the kids splash in the shallows while you soak up the sun.

Discover the diverse flora and fauna of the Algarve at the Costa Vicentina Natural Park. Go bird-watching, or try to spot dolphins on a boat tour.

Or, use Salema as a base for family day trips. Explore nearby attractions like the Lagos Zoo, Slide & Splash Water Park, or the fascinating Cape St. Vincent, with its stunning lighthouse and cliffs.

Discover more about the best family activities in Salema in our blog below.

Restaurants in Salema

There’s plenty to shout about when it comes to Salema – including the food choices. In fact, we think one of the very best things about a villa holiday in Salema is the excellent choice of restaurants on offer in this charming town.

Whatever you fancy, you’ll find a wide range of cuisine for a variety of budgets, with most places open all day long.

Discover our guide to the best restaurants in Salema below.

best restaurants in salema, Portugal

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