• Sagres - A Tourist Guide
    13 March 2017
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  • Sagres is a destination where visitors come to embrace nature’s immense power, be that in the sea surfing, on the land hiking, or basking under the glorious sun.
  • Why visit Sagres?

    Sagres offers visitors beautiful beaches, a unique fort and some of the best surfing beaches of Portugal. Just outside of town is the Cabo Sao Vicente, the most westerly point of mainland Europe.
    Surfing is the main activity of Sagres but there also challenging hiking trails, quiet roads for cycling, while departing from the harbour are deep sea fishing trips. For those tourists with a rental car, Sagres can be used as a base to explore the south western side of the Sao Vicente National Park, a region of remote beaches and stunning natural beauty.

    What about a holiday to Sagres Portugal?

    A holiday to Sagres will appeal to two main groups of tourists; surfers (kite, surf or body boarding) and visitors who enjoy the outdoors, and wish to escape the crowds and mayhem of the central Algarve. Part of the allure of Sagres is the remote setting but this may (and should) deter tourists wanting a conventional weeks holiday as, apart from the beach and surfing, there is not actually much to do in Sagres.

    Sagres, along with whole of southern Portugal, is extremely popular in the summer, always book accommodation well in-advance as places to sell out. rgd

    How about a day trip to Sagres?

    Sagres makes for an enjoyable day trip for those visitors based in Lagos or the surrounding area. A typical day trip to Sagres visits the Cabo Sao Vicente, Sagres fort, the working fishing harbour and lunch in the town. Sagres can easily be visited as an independent day trip as there are regular and inexpensive bus services connecting Lagos and Sagres.

    Surfing in Sagres

    Sagres has some of the best surfing waves in Portugal, with massive and powerful swells rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean. Due to the positioning of the headland that Sagres is located on certain beaches are more sheltered from the waves than others. This means for surfing the beaches are suitable from beginners through to highly experienced surfers.

    Sagres has many excellent surf schools (with lessons in a range of languages) and is an inexpensive place to learn to surf. Surf equipment can be hired in Sagres and this avoids the hassle of transporting items. After spending the day in waters, the bars are filled with likeminded people and there is a distinct surfer’s vibe in Sagres, especially outside of the tourist season.

    Sagres Beaches

    The beaches of Sagres are simply stunning. There are three beaches within walking stance of the town; the Praia da Mareta, Praia do Tonel and the Praia da Baleeira. The Praia da Mareta is the most popular offering medium surfing waves, a large sandy beach and shelter from the almost constant breeze.

    The Praia do Tonel faces a westerly direction and is pounded by some of the largest waves of the region, while the Praia da Baleeira is next to the fishing harbour and is the most sheltered of the three. The Praia do Martinhal is only a short walk from central Sagres and is another large beach. Northwest of Sagres is the Praia do Beliche one of the most popular surfing beaches in the region.

    What’s the best tourist attraction in Sagres?

    There is only one main tourist attraction in Sagres, the unique Fortaleza de Sagres. The fort has only one defensive wall on the southern edge, as the other three are guarded by the immense and sheer cliffs of the headland.

    Inside there is a pleasant 1.5km cliff side walk, a lighthouse, a grotto where the waves crash into and a large wind compass. Some visitors may be slightly disappointed by the sparseness of the fort but as with everything in Sagres the main attraction is the setting. The entrance fee is €3 and a typical visit lasts 40 minutes.

    Source - algarve-tourist.com
    Photos - Município de Vila do Bispo and International Surf School Sagres

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