Fortaleza de Sagres, Fortaleza de Sagres, Sagres, Portugal
Fortress of Sagres
Sagres, a crossroads of routes between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, a fishing port and merchants of several nations, but also an area plagued by privateers. The imposing fortification of Sagres is the human extension of the natural rock and was for centuries the main piazza of war of a geo-strategic maritime defensive system. The policy of Portuguese Expansion in the 15th and 16th centuries led to the foundation of Vila do Infante. Thus, Vila do Infante and Sagres are confused in the evolution of the times. Integrating the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina, the Promontory of Sagres presents an interesting fauna and floristic biodiversity and unique endemisms that all visitors can observe.Sagres, place of memory where nature, the sacred and man have always been combined in a symbiotic way, generating religious cults and historical, political, and tourist myths worthy of your visit!
Cabo de São Vicente, Sagres, Portugal
Cabo de S. Vicente
Walking through the Algarve, we reach the extreme of Europe. A few kilometers after Lagos, we enter the protected area of the Natural Reserve of Costa Vicentina, and in another Algarve away from the confusion of the most known tourist areas. Here, in the confines of Europe, one can breathe the unpolluted air of the Atlantic. Sagres is the last settlement in mainland Europe, a small town with a hippie, surfer and natural life lover. A place still with few sophisticated services that reconciles us with the simple things of life and full of wonderful images to keep in the memory. If your way leads you to Sagres, you may know that its history is closely linked to the epic of Portuguese discoveries, for it was here that the great navigators who "gave new worlds to the world" were formed in the sixteenth century, more precisely in the school of navigation that was in the Fortaleza that still can be visited today. You can also visit some villages with interesting baroque churches, such as Vila do Bispo, Raposeira or Guadalupe. There are also wonderful beaches, a paradise for surfers and nature lovers, hidden among impressive cliffs: Zavial, Burgau, Beliche, Tonel, Castelejo and Cordoama. And the Cape of Saint Vincent, whose lighthouse continues to guide nowadays all the ships that leave Europe to cross the Atlantic. Every day there is one of the most wonderful spectacles we can witness every day: the sunset over the Atlantic. Farewell to the light. An experience I highly recommend. This little corner has a beautiful landscape that still remains wild, swept by the wind and beaten by the sun, a steep coast over a brave sea within reach of the hand.
Baleeira, 8650-385 Sagres, Portugal
Porto da Baleeira
In the port of Baleeira you can see the boats returning from work and the sale of the fish in Docapesca
Praia da Mareta, Portugal
Praia da Mareta
It is the first beach of the southern coast, entering the wide bay that rises east of the Cape of S. Vicente, which protects it from the dominant winds and ripples. Set in the village of Sagres, Mareta is an urban and very popular beach, enjoyed for quiet baths and a good starting point for canoeing or diving in the submerged caves of the cove. The 800-meter long sandy beach is framed by limestone cliffs that rise at the end of the beach, with the straight line of Cape St. Vicente marking the landscape. In these rock formations are distinguished enormous caves and platforms of limestone loops colonized by showy plants like the maritime pampilho. Walking east, the beach becomes calmer.
Praia do Tonel, Sagres, Portugal
Praia do Tonel
Although less sheltered than the Beliche, this beach still forms part of the cove bounded by the tip of Sagres and Cape S. Vicente. From the areal you can see the rectilinear cut of the cliffs of the tip of Sagres and the Fortress of Sagres, a construction of the century. XVI, with a chapel of the century. XIV in its interior that is said to have lodged the burial of S. Vicente. There is also the cape of S. Vicente and its lighthouse, at the opposite end of the cove. The pedestrian access to the beach is made by a wide ramp carved on the top of warm colors, where you can observe very sharp ravines, carved by the runoff of rainwater. The sand extends to the south, along which one can appreciate the cut of the limestone cliff and vegetation that colonizes it, like the fennel and the salgadeira, plants resistant to the salsugem.
Praia do Beliche, Sagres, Portugal
Praia do Beliche
Praia do Beliche is a beach with beach surveillance in the municipality of Vila do Bispo, near Cape São Vicente and Tonel beach. It consists of an area, located at the bottom of a small bay excavated in the cliff, being much sought after by the surfers. It is a very quiet beach.