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Apr-2022

Unearthing Adventures :: On A Dinosaur Hunt in Southern Portugal

While much of the southern coastline of the Algarve has been built up, a sleepy fishing village named Salema has largely escaped the ravages of tourism.

On the western end of Salema Beach you’ll find a big, flat rock with footprints from a dinosaur! This yellow limestone rock is home to a herbivorous biped, also known as an Ornithopod.

It was discovered that these footprints stem back a whopping 150 million years to the late Lower Cretaceous period.

The footprints were preserved when the creature walked through a muddy zone, and these were later filled by further sediment, without being disturbed. Pretty incredible for the kids to see these and definitely a highlight from our travels through Portugal—heck, I may have been just as excited as the kids!


(Disclosure: Burbs2Abroad traveled to the above location as guests and was not compensated for this review. As always, our opinions are our own.) Time of Year Visited: June 2019

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  1. Tina /

    Your kids must have been SO excited!

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