Sagres Travel Guide

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Sagres Highlights

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     Lot of historical significance within very short distances, beautiful coastline, easy to get to from all along the Algarve 

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     the bloody wind...thewind...the wind....the wind......... 

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     the wind.....wind.....wind.....wind... 

Sagres Things to Do

  • The fortress

    It must be impressive seen from the sea, but from the land side it seems no more than a strong wall. It is not the look what justifies the visit, but what it means to the world and the middle age development.Don't go there without reading something about Portuguese discoveries - You'd risk to miss the meaning of the place.

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  • The beaches

    Very beautiful views, with wonderful beaches sheltered by high cliffs invite us to swim. That may not be a very good idea - the sea is rougher than eastbound, and the water is colder, sometimes two or more degrees. There is always someone fishing, which means that it may be the best sport in the area.

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  • Check Program

    Sagres is full of history and empty of interesting details. To justify the visit, it is used in some cultural activities that give life to the place. It´s a good idea, before going, to try to find out what is going on and its scheduling.

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  • Henry the Navigator Fortaleza

    From a quick drive around Sagres there is not very many older buildings. Apparently the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake devastated the town and many buildings were never rebuilt.An exception to this is the imposing Henry the Navigator Fortaleza which is located on the Ponta de Sagres which is north of the town. Henry the Navigator is famous for the...

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  • Gorgeous Homes Along the Cape

    Driving back from the Cape to Sagres we noticed a few gorgeous homes that were set out on the bluffs on the Cape. Two of them stood out as being designed in a way that there were in complete harmony with nature. I hope you enjoy these pictures and look for them on your drive out and back from the Cape.

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  • Outside Vendors at the Cape

    Often times with a spectacular site or scenery, vendors in all forms will follow. The situation at El Cabo De San Vicente is no different. On the Sunday we were there we counted no less than fourteen vendors selling items from winter alpaca sweaters, pottery, to bratwursts. Of course as the sign said these were "Cape Special Prices."What I found...

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Sagres Restaurants

  • PORTUGUESE AT THE PORT

    Yes, this place is a little touristy and you could probably find a slightly cheaper restaurant. A Tasca is still worth a visit and a good meal. It literally sits right on top of the port and you can enjoy a great meal on their large terrace looking out towards the ocean. They serve seafood caught by local fishing boats and it’s all cooked or...

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  • Churros at Cape St Vincent

    Just before getting in the car, we decided to have a coffee with churros (different style to us but nice with cream or chocolate inside) and wander around looking the mini flea market that they have there for the tourists….

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  • Bratwurst

    What a funny idea. This stall at the Cape sells Bratwurst. The Cape is Europe's southwesternmost point and it is just a short way to get to America (if you are a good swimmer you will manage the distance in less then ten years).The sign above the stall means "Last Bratwurst before America"

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Sagres Transportation

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    Yet Another Use For A Car In Sagres

    by miketrudeau Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Well, there's no railway station and certainly no airport nearby, so the best way to get to Sagres is by car. I think there's a bus that comes by a couple of times a week or maybe even once a day, but that's it.
    Even within Sagres itself there's no public transportation. My memory isn't perfect, but I think they had one or two taxis...anyways, it's pretty convenient having your own car here. The driving's really beautiful and the streets aren't crowded at all.

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Sagres Shopping

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  • Thousands of Plates on the Way to The...

    As you drive out to Cape St. Vicnete your eyes are peeled to the left to the ocean. However just as you take the turn from Sagres out to the Cape you see the most interesting store with hundreds of plates on a stucco wall. The store is a seller of traditional Portugese pottery and plates. They also sale local pieces of art and plates made in the...

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  • Shopping at Cape St. Vincent

    Just outside of the Cape St. Vincent lighthouse there were a number of vagabond merchants selling anything from clothes to food. Some of the folks at these automobile 'tailgate' shops were themselves tourists that were making some money to continue on their trips.It was interesting to browse through the various tables and talk to these sales...

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  • Artesanato or Handicrafts ,a shop to buy...

    This shop near Sagres was a very nice all white Shop that had a large variety of ceramics , many different kind of ceramic lamps amd lanterns, designed to hang on walls, very nice to see and reasonable prizes. You look at the item you buy and you can bargain over the prize.

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Sagres Local Customs

  • Fishing

    Sagres Point is dominated by high and steep cliffs. When I visited, it was blowing quite a fierce gale which whipped up the sea onto the cliffs making quite some noise. Local fisherman fish for bream or sea bass off these cliffs and were there when I visited.

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  • Fishing off the Rocks

    I don't know if this would be categorized as a Local Custom so much as a Common Employment. Many men there fish off the rocky shores, sometimes right against the cliff faces. They seem to have steady feet, but the rocks are sharp and the waves can become huge swells surprisingly fast. The water could dash you apart on the rocks in a second. All the...

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Sagres Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch the Waves...

    Sometimes the waves crashing into the beach can get pretty big and violent. As grand as they look, it's not pleasant to be dragged underwater with your face in the sand, or smashed to pieces on razor-sharp rocks. Be CAREFUL when you swim.

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  • Don't Forget Your Trunks!

    I guess this is a warning that only fools like me should heed. Make sure to bring a swimsuit if you visit Sagres! I forgot mine so ended up relaxing on the beach in my underwear. Good thing I wear boxer-briefs! Kind of embarassing, but I got over it. Even so, I felt like a bit of a chump (especially when talking to girls!).

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  • fishermans

    While visiting the cape you will see many fisherman on the cliffs (I think that’s very dangerous, but I guess they are used), The water was calm today, but imagine on a rough day!!!! With this boat ….

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Sagres Tourist Traps

  • History Neglected

    Sagres is an important reference to all the Portuguese, for the role it played in the discoveries. The use of the place doesn't make justice to it, and in your visit, you will be more attracted by the landscape, and the sights of the steep promontories and wild beaches than for the references in display.

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  • The contents

    Entering the fortress leads you to... a small disappointment - after a long walk, a very large space full of history, is... empty.There is not much to see inside, and unless you are well acquainted with Portuguese history, and understand the importance of the site, you may get frustrated. The place's value doesn't depend on what it is and contains,...

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  • Cape St Vincent fleamarket

    I still do not understand why we always stop to see all the things they have around in this flea markets lol, but I do, so I should not complain hehehe, must be the shopping addiction

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Sagres What to Pack

  • summer clothing - think winter

    wind chill factor in august needs consideration its freezing!!!!! but you'll get a great tan! all surfers appeared to be in winter style wetsuits. too cold for biting insects in summer!! bring the best - true eye candy sleep on the beach

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  • Climate in Sagres

    Rainy season: The rainy season is between October - May, summers keep mostly dryAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 16 – 18°C ( 60 - 64°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 20 – 22°C ( 68 - 71°F ); min: 15 - 16°C ( 59 - 60°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 17 – 21°C ( 63 - 70°F); min: 12 - 16°C ( 53 – 60°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter:...

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Sagres Off The Beaten Path

  • Nossa Senhora da Graça

    This modest church located inside the fortress was built in the 16Th century, replacing the original built by Henry the navigator one century before. Inside, only a Baroque retable deserves reference.

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  • S Vicente

    There are good views of S. Vicente cape from Sagres. Or, if you prefer, there are good views of Sagres from S. Vicente cape. The high cliffs protect a few secluded beaches (colder than the south coast, rough sea) and compose a beautiful landscape.

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  • Fishing

    It must be an excellent location to a big catch. That's the only way to explain the hard work of those men, that, from the top of the cliffs inside the fort of Sagres, show their skills, fishing and sliding a basket down the line to catch the fish, almost invisible at that distance. That's the reason why each fisherman has always a group of curious...

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Sagres Sports & Outdoors

  • sagres scubado diving

    we visited sagres in may which is slightly before the area gets busy so when we turned up at the dive shop we found a blackboard notice that 2 or more people could phone up and arrange a dive anytime which is what we did and had a dive organised for the next day. We hired the full kit including masks and fins, were taken out by boat to the location...

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  • Beaches around Sagres

    Baleeira is a small picturesque fishing port of Sagres, which houses up to one hundred fishing boats, some over 20 metres in length. There are four good beaches in the neighborhood. Praia do Martinhal is the farthest from the village, but it is the biggest and the most protected if a westerly wind is blowing. It stretches from the Baleeira fishing...

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  • Sagres’ Baleeira Beach and Beliche Beach

    Situated overlooking Sagres Bay and its fishing harbor, Baleeira beach is a small rocky beach. From Baleeira beach, by the harbor, you can see fishing boats disgorging their catch every afternoon. Unfortunately, the proximity to the fishing harbor and its boats periodically affects the water quality at Baleeira beach. So at times local conditions...

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Sagres Favorites

  • History

    Sagres occupies a special place in Portuguese history - it was the nest of the discoveries. A few signs still remain, but it is more important the symbolic references than the site itself. "The end of the western world" in the antiquity, became the starting point for the new one. The (today) empty space shouldn't be that empty, and it is easy to...

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  • An old Canon leftover from days gone by.

    This is a picture of an old Canon they left at the wall of the Fort , it looks ok , but I have seen better ones. A ship in the distance sailing around Cape Vincent.

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  • Remnants of an old church at the Sagres...

    After entering the Fort at Sagres you will find the remnants of an old Church , not too special looking ,just an old Church ,or what is left of it.

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