Sagres is a town located in the municipality of Vila do Bispo of Algarve in Portugal. This small town is close to the most south western point of Europe known as Cape St Vincent.
At the nearby Cape St Vincent is an impressive lighthouse that can normally be visited. This lighthouse has provided the guiding beam that safely directs the hundreds of ships that pass the Cape every year.
As the ground of Sagres being mainly rocky with barely any soil, vegetation is less, but in the area to the north of the town, 25 different varieties of wild orchids have been found.
The town Vila do Bispo acts as the administrative centre for the area and also houses a few good fish restaurants. From Sagres the traveller can either go north or back to the east.
Along the south coast just to the east, there is the superb open beach of Martinhal that is popular with windsurfers. Further east are the small and unspoilt beaches of Ingrina and Zavial, whilst further on, you will find the more developed beach of Salema. Just to the east of Vila do Bispo near the small village of Raposeira is the modest 13th Century Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe.
The beaches immediately to the north of the Cape are more exposed to the winds and rollers of the Atlantic with quite dangerous offshore currents. Further to the north of Vila da Bispo is the open sandy beach of Bordeira.
About two-thirds of the journey north to this beach is a turning left to the small village of Pedralva. The village was virtually uninhabited.
If you are going to spend a holiday in the Sagres area, you must take advantage of the choice yacht charters and boat hire options, and enjoy a sailing yacht charter trip along the Vicentina Coast which is a beautiful spot well worth visiting.
You will have a wide range of boat charters to hire. You can get yachts, catamarans, sailing boats, fishing boats, and more. For a great holiday activity option, you have just to hire a charter boat during your trip to Sagres.
Sagres is better known these days for its fine beaches and is popular with both sunbathers and surfers. In fact the shape of the coast at Sagres means that you have found a sheltered beach and good surf.
Praia da Mareta is the town’s main beach of 600 metre long and is 5 minutes from the centre of town. It is on the more sheltered southern side of the point and made up of sand and pebbles. It has easy parking and is a popular family beach.