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Sagres Fortress

Enjoy the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the cliffs and learn about the history of this preserved 600-year-old fort.

Sagres Fortress comprises the preserved structure of a 15th-century fortress with an intriguing history. The structure, which was built to protect the Sagres harbor and town, is open for tours. Find out how the fort has survived attacks and natural disasters to remain in place over the extended time. 

Consider the strategic importance of the fortress, which stands at an important point between Europe, Africa and the Americas. It was built on the orders of the affluent Prince Henry the Navigator, who was a leading figure in 15th-century Portuguese politics and the nation’s empire. It is said that Henry died inside the fortress in 1460. Learn how the fort was attacked in 1587 by Francis Drake’s English fleet, before an earthquake and tsunami almost entirely destroyed it in the 1700s. 

Capture photos of the off-white façade of the fortress, which hoists a Portuguese flag. Admire the columns and pediment of the arched entrance. Inside the fort is a large wind compass that was used for marine navigation many years ago. Reach the charming Nossa Senhora da Graça chapel near the fortress. 

Gaze out over the water from the vantage point of the cliffs, which are 200 feet (60 meters) high. To the northwest is a view of scenic Cape St. Vincent and its Beliche Fortress. Admire the serenity in this spacious, open clifftop area. 

The fort opens to the public daily year-round from morning until evening. Winter times are a little shorter. There is an entrance fee, with discounts for kids. Plan to spend about half an hour visiting the intriguing fortress. 

Sagres Fortress is on the promontory jutting out from the southern part of Sagres approaching Portugal’s southernmost point. Walk southwest from the coastal strip of Sagres for about 15 minutes to get here. See nearby sights, including Tonel Beach, Mareta Beach and the Sagres Garden.


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Mareta Beach Boutique Bed & Breakfast £76
Mareta Beach Boutique Bed & Breakfast

Mareta Beach Boutique Bed & Breakfast

Praca Da Republica, Sagres
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 90 reviews
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    Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mareta Beach and Tonel Beach. Church of Lady of our Grace and Sagres Fortress are also within 15 minutes.

    Mareta View Boutique Bed & Breakfast £106
    Mareta View Boutique Bed & Breakfast

    Mareta View Boutique Bed & Breakfast

    Beco D. Henrique, Sagres
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 56 reviews
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      With direct access to the beach, this Sagres bed & breakfast is in a national park and within a 10-minute walk of Mareta Beach, Tonel Beach and Church of Lady of our Grace. Baleeira Beach and Sagres Fortress are also within 15 minutes.

      Memmo Baleeira Hotel £87
      Memmo Baleeira Hotel

      Memmo Baleeira Hotel

      Sitio da Baleeira, Sagres
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 280 reviews
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        Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Baleeira Beach, Mareta Beach, and Martinhal Beach. Tonel Beach and Church of Lady of our Grace are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Tonel Apartments £44
        Tonel Apartments

        Tonel Apartments

        Rua do Tonel, Sagres
           
          3.6
          of 5, from 29 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tonel Beach, Church of Lady of our Grace and Mareta Beach. Sagres Fortress and Baleeira Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Don Tenorio Aparthotel £49
          Don Tenorio Aparthotel

          Don Tenorio Aparthotel

          Rua do Norte, Sagres
             
            3.1
            of 5, from 76 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Sagres, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tonel Beach, Mareta Beach and Church of Lady of our Grace. Sagres Fortress and Baleeira Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Apartment "la Plage"
            Apartment "la Plage"

            Apartment "la Plage"

            , Sagres
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated by the ocean, this romantic apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Tonel Beach, Mareta Beach, and Church of Lady of our Grace. Sagres Fortress and Baleeira Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Pousada de Sagres - Charming Hotel £100
              Pousada de Sagres - Charming Hotel

              Pousada de Sagres - Charming Hotel

              Ponta de Atalaia, 8650-385, Sagres
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 149 reviews
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                Situated in the historical district, this pousada is within a 15-minute walk of Mareta Beach and Baleeira Beach. Martinhal Beach and Tonel Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Aparthotel Navigator £43
                Aparthotel Navigator

                Aparthotel Navigator

                Rua Infante Dom Henrique, Sagres
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 48 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mareta Beach and Baleeira Beach. Martinhal Beach and Tonel Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).