Mini guide to Sagres
Sagres juts into the Atlantic Ocean from its location at the extreme southwestern
corner of Europe. This popular holiday destination is situated inside the Southwest
Alentejo and Costa Vicentina Natural Park. The coast around Sagres is dotted with
a variety of more than 20 beaches, ranging from sandy coves hidden at the foot
of cliffs to broad expanses of sand that stretch away to the horizon.
The beaches up the west coast are breathtaking; many are comprised of deserted
sand backed by dunes or cliffs looking out over lines of surf. Among the most
amazing are the ones on either side of a track which runs along the cliff tops
adjacent to the old village of Carrapateira, 14kms north of Vila do Bispo. Apart
from a couple of beach bars, the coastline here is completely natural.
On Ponta de Sagres stand the fortress, dating back to the 15th century, and
the church of Nossa Senhora da Graça, which tradition says was founded
by Prince Henry the Navigator.
Baleeira is a small picturesque fishing port of Sagres, which houses up to
a hundred fishing boats. There are four good beaches in the neighbourhood, including:
Praia do Martinhal which is the largest, and Beliche, perhaps the best beach
around Sagres. Praia da Mareta and Tonel are the others.
The best of the many nightspots in the town's historic core include the Bar
Dromedário and the A Rosa dos Ventos (Pink Wind) Bar, where visitors
from all over Europe talk, relax and drink beer, wine, or sangría. Dancing
can be found at Disco Topas, about 1km east of the town.
Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St Vincent) is 4kms from Sagres. Legend dictates
that the body of St Vincent arrived here mysteriously on a boat guided by ravens,
giving the cape its name. The second most powerful lighthouse in Europe beams
light 97kms across the ocean.
To get to Sagres by car from Lagos, drive west on Route 125 to Vila do Bispo,
and then head south along Route 268. From Lisbon's Praça do Comércio,
you can take a ferry across the Tagus to Barreiro. From there, take the Southern
Line Railway to Lagos. From Lagos, buses go to Sagres. About 10 Rodoviária
buses run from Lagos to Sagres each day; the trip time is one hour.
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