No matter what type of hotel you are looking for, whether that’s a top five star hotel or a budget self-catering apartment, Expedia will help you find your perfect accommodation in Sagres. It’s a city for families, surfers, divers, bikers or simply those seeking to relax.
Things to Do In Sagres
Head to the Vincentine Coast and admire the Cape St. Vicent. The lighthouse is a landmark in Portuguese maritime history. It directed ships during Portugal’s Age of Discovery and still helps direct ships sailing between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea today. You can also learn about Portugal’s seafaring history in the lighthouse’s museum.
The cape has on which the lighthouse sits has vertical cliffs dropping down into the Atlantic, offering up dramatic views. Go for a walk in the area and enjoy the scenery.
Discover the Sagres Fortress. This was built centuries ago to defend the coast and fisherman against pirates and corsairs. Inside it has a compass rose, which displays the cardinal directions. It’s believed to be a wind rose, but some also say it may have been a sundial.
Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Sagres. North of the Cape St. Vincent you’ll find Tonel Beach, which is popular amongst surfers and paragliders for its waves and wind power, as well as its spectacular views. On the southern coast both Mareta beach and Martinhal are family favourites. If you’d like to escape the crowds then you’ll be wanting Castelejo, Barriga or Cordama beaches. Of course, there are plenty more besides. For more details, ask at your hotel reception desk.
If you’d like to learn more about the history of the area, then why not take a guided walking tour. The city’s experts have plenty of stories to share with you and a tour makes a perfect gentle afternoon activity. The city dates back to the 15th Century, founded by Henry the Navigator who planned many a voyage from this village.
What to get out there and explore the seas yourself? Why not book yourself on a boat trip and go dolphin and seabird spotting. If you really want to get up close and personal, why not try some diving, snorkelling or go on a fishing expedition. There’s also plenty of water sports on offer at Praia do Martinhal, including surfing, bodyboarding and paddleboarding.
Enjoy the local cuisine with dishes like gooseneck barnacles, cuttlefish or fried moray eel. It’s also known for its popular desserts too, like arroz doce (rice pudding) and tarte de amêndoa (almond tart). Wash it all down with a local drink, like Aguardente Portuguese brandy and Medronho.
Near the lighthouse there are merchants selling all sorts of items, from clothes to food. On Fridays there’s a flea market in Vila do Bispo selling fresh vegetables, fruit, clothing, textiles, shoes and household items. The main road of Sagres (Rua Comandante Matoso) that stretches from Praia da Baleeira to the main square (Praça da Républica) is where to look for bigger brand shops, and also has a number fantastic restaurants too.
There is a bus service from Faro to Lagos, but most visitors prefer to rent a car to explore the Algarve at their own pace.