Sagres is a windswept shelf-like promontory located in the southwest Algarve region of southern Portugal. Only 4 km to the west and 3 km to the north lies Cape St. Vincent (Cabo de São Vicente), which is usually taken as the most south-westerly tip of Europe.
Because of its location people often expect a wind-swept barren landscape, but Sagres is a truly tranquil town with beautiful beaches, such as Mareta Beach, Beliche Beach, Baleeira Beach, Tonel Beach and Martinhal Beach. It is very popular in the summer with visitors, but all year round with fishermen and surfers because of the western Atlantic waters creating such good waves for surfing. It comprises of a lively, working harbour, a clutch of bars and restaurants with a wide variety of fresh fish around the square, a small supermarket and perhaps most importantly to many of its visitors a fine beach.
In terms of global importance, Sagres' heyday was in the 15th century and this was down to Prince Henry the Navigator. He chose Sagres as his home and location of his school of navigation. Henry's most obvious legacy to present day Sagres is the Henry the Navigator's Fortaleza located on the imposing headland of Ponta de Sagres to the north of the town.
From the tip of Ponta de Sagres there are great views up the coast to Cabo São Vicente (Cape St. Vincent), Europe's most south-westerly point.
Sagres is better known these days for its fine beaches, popular with both sunbathers and surfers. In fact the shape of the coast here means you can find a sheltered beach, and/or good surf most of the year.
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