Dramatic cliff faces, blue waters, a fascinating history and year-round surfing – that’s Sagres. Not Portugal’s premium lager, but the Algarve town once thought to be the end of the world.
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A voyage of discovery
Before the 15th Century, Europeans believed Sagres – more specifically Cape St Vincent – to be the end of the world. It was here that Prince Henry the Navigator founded a maritime school that would contribute to the discovery of the unknown world. It was here, at the South westernmost point in Portugal, that the phenomenon of globalisation began.
Steeped in history
The Fortress, The Lighthouse of Cape St Vincent, Belice Fortress – these are just a few of the historic sites that can be found in this remote Algarve town. Regardless whether you chose History as your GCSE subject, there’s no denying the magic that one feels when standing in the town where the world as we know it today was discovered.
With it’s year round sun, guaranteed waves, a variety of beaches and the clear blue ocean, Sagres has fast become one of the world’s best surf spots. With many surf school offering board and wet suit hire for around €20 a day, surfing in the Algarve is cheap and enjoyable. If surfing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of paddle boarding opportunities too. And don’t worry, there’s never been a report of a shark attack in Portugal.
Rich in Marine Life
Expect to see seabirds, hundreds of types of fish, dolphins and whales in the crystal blue ocean that surrounds the western Algarve. Boat trips on Sagres harbour offer the opportunity to spot a pod of dolphins or whales passing by from as little as €35.
Hit the town
While this fishing village is home to some fantastic bars and cafes (I’m looking at you Three Little Birds), the hum drum of Lagos is easily accessible. For €4 one way, you can reach the lively town of Lagos in an hour on the public bus.