Sagres is a beautiful coastal town situated in one of the westernmost side of the Algarve region in the south of Portugal. The town is known for being home to the Prince Henry the Navigator famous school of navigation. Indeed during the great Age of Discoveries the city became a reference for ship-builders, astronomers, cartographers and various great mariners. It was the place to be for anyone dreaming of discovering new horizons.
Compared to other more touristic towns of the Algarve, Sagres is relatively unspoilt and conserves an old time charm. Indeed between the breathtaking Sagres Point and the lovely harbour at Baleeira, passing by the charming square at Praça da República, it has everything for a lovely day out. Its name goes back to roman time, when the region was part of the Promontorium Sacrum area. It was then believed that Sagres was the westernmost point on Earth and that at sunset the nearby ocean waters boiled. Today the same Atlantic waters combined with a strong wind, makes it the perfect place for surfers with excellent waves.
With low rise houses and quiet streets, Sagres is the ideal tranquil town to get away from the tourist packed resorts of the Algarve and enjoy the breathtaking oceanic views.
How to get to Sagres
The easiest way to get to Sagres from abroad is through the Faro international airport, which is the only airport in the Algarve region and the second busiest air hub in Portugal. It is also possible to get to Sagres from Lisbon, which is about 300km to the North, if you are looking for a nice road trip along the splendid Portuguese Atlantic coast.
Top attractions in Sagres
The following are the top 5 key attractions in Sagres.
- Sagres Point
- Sagres promontory
- Cabo de São Vicente
- Vila do Bispo
- Sagres beaches
Perhaps the region most known attraction is the Sagres Point, which became famous during the Age of Discovery. The area, once considered the “end of the world” is set on top of spectacular cliffs and offers breathtaking views of the surroundings. This strategic place has been known for religious purposes since Neolithic times, proved by the standing menhirs found in the nearby Vila do Bispo.
The Fortaleza de Sagres or Sagres promontory which covers most of the Sagres Point is a 16th century fortress with very thick walls. It was heavily destroyed during Portugal’s Great Earthquake in 1755, but rebuilt in the second half of the 20th century. At its heart lies the Rosa dos Ventos, a 43 m in diameter compass rose divided into 40 segments instead of the usual 32. The fortress is also home to the Nossa Senhora da Graça, a lovely church dating by to 1579.
Cabo de São Vicente
Couple kilometres west of Sagres lies Cabo de São Vicente or Cape St. Vincent which is considered the south-westernmost tip of Europe. The name is taken from when the body of St. Vincent was located there in order to protect the region from Moors invasion. It quickly became a popular pilgrimage destination. Cabo de São Vicente is also home to one of a Europe’s most powerful lighthouses.
Vila do Bispo
Vila do Bispo, situated only a couple kilometres north of Sagres, on the only road out of the region, is a small Portuguese town with lot of charm and surrounded with great historic sites. Indeed it is home to standing menhirs, showing settlers living in the region as soon as the Neolithic times.
Apart from its breathtaking views and cultural attractions, Sagres is the perfect place to unwind and relax at one of its many beaches. By far the biggest one is the Praia da Mareta, offering more than 600 metre of beautiful sand and pebbles, and situated only minutes from the town centre. It is perhaps most popular with families and vacationers. On the eastern side of the harbour is the smaller but lovely beach of Praia da Baleeira. As for the water sport lovers, especially surfer, then the Praia do Tonel on the exposed northern side of Sagres point is the ideal place. Finally for the more adventurous types looking for seclusion, the Praia do Martinhal surrounded by dunes and located east of Sagres is an excellent alternative.
Top Hotels in Sagres
Sagres has plenty of excellent value for money accommodations to choose from. It is worth mentioning that it is home to one of only three Pousadas, the Pousada de Sagres Infante Hotel, a luxurious resort once supported by the government to maintain Portuguese culture and history.
The following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Sagres.
Infante D. Henrique, Sagres, Sagres, Portugal – 3 Stars
To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature balcony/terrace, television, bathtub, hair dryer. Bicycle rental, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Sagres hotel. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are outdoor pool, water sports (non-motorized) on the grounds. This charming property has long been a favourite in Sagres for both business and leisure travellers.
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Memmo Baleeira Hotel
Sítio Da Baleeira, Sagres, Sagres, Portugal – 4 Stars
Included in all rooms are television, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, in room safe. This excellent hotel in Sagres also has meeting facilities, shops, elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as massage, garden, outdoor pool, indoor pool at this hotel. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers.
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Pousada de Sagres Infante Hotel
Sagres, Sagres, Sagres, Portugal 8650-385 – 4 Stars
The Pousada de Sagres Infante Hotel is situated in the heart of Sagres, making it ideal for any visit to the region. The hotel has 51 guestrooms with fine decor and modern amenities. In-room facilities include minibar, clock radio, air conditioning, hairdryer, television, telephone (IDD), and television (cable). Services and facilities available comprise of car rental, laundry service, babysitting, wake-up call, restaurant, city transfers and room service. For relaxation, guests can make use of the swimming pool, tennis courts and solarium.
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Don Tenorio ApartHotel
Cercas Velhas, Sagres, Sagres, Portugal – 4 Stars
Some of the features you’ll enjoy are desk, shower, separate shower and tub. Elevator, restaurant, room service are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Sagres hotel. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as garden at this hotel. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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Mareta Beach Boutique Bed And Breakfast
Praça Da República, Sagres, Sagres, Portugal – 4 Stars
Included in all rooms are hair dryer, ironing board, television, air conditioning. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Sagres hotel offers bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator, shops. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including jacuzzi. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Mareta Beach Boutique Bed And Breakfast.
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