Sagres is one of Portugal’s most historic towns.
Set on a headland overlooking a picturesque harbour, the port lies at the south-western most point of continental Europe within the boundaries of a protected natural park.
The park lends the area a wild, untamed character that helps personify Sagres as a destination steeped in myth and legend. Inexorably linked with the sea, Prince Henry the Navigator, who helped finance Portugal’s Voyages of Discovery during the 15th century, established a school of navigation near the town.
This is one of the Algarve’s least developed regions, and in Sagres a friendly and informal atmosphere prevails, unhurried and and quite charming.
The area enjoys comfortable temperatures all year round and can expect a yearly average of 300 sunny days, with fresh Atlantic breezes taming the heat of high summer.
The Sagres region is the only part of Portugal that shares two different coastlines: the southern coast and the western coast. In all, there are around 25 different beaches to sunbathe and relax on.
Those found along the Algarve’s west coast number some of the most scenic and alluring in the country and offer fantastic surfing opportunities.
The beach at Amado is particularly renowned, and shares a Blue Flag eco-award for sustainability with several others in the vicinity.
Beaches situated on the south west coast tend to be more sheltered and are ideal for watersports.
The calmer water is also better suited for families and young children, who can swim and paddle in the shallows. Beaches here include Burgau, Furnas and Martinhal.
Qualified teams of lifeguards patrol the majority of beaches during high season. When a green flag is flying, swimming is regarded as safe. But never enter the water when a red flag is hoiste.