Fortaleza de Sagres, Sagres

Along a coastline of natural beaches, discover Fortaleza de Sagres, a historical site featuring a great fortress, impressive plants, and wildlife. Henry the Navigator launched his expeditions from this site in the 1400s, beginning the Portuguese Age of Discoveries. Henry built a chapel next to his home in 1459 that was replaced with the Nossa Senhora da Graca church in 1579. The magnificent fortress was built to defend the region from North African raiders in the 16th century. Though the 1755 earthquake destroyed portions of the structures, they have undergone extensive renovations since. Using our online itinerary creator, Sagres attractions like Fortaleza de Sagres can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 19, 2017
    One of the best views in the Portuguese Algarve, impressive cliffs and coves of sand to be able to swim in crystalline water as if you were on a Caribbean island.
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  • August 19, 2017
    deserves a half hour visit to make two pictures and enjoy the scenery as well as the crazy fishermen that there are cliffs. entry on the cheap and many parking spaces
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  • August 19, 2017
    Good place to take kids. A walk around that makes it easy to use a stroller. Numerous families tickets at reduced prices. Spectacular scenery
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  • A surprise waited for us inside the fort. I just imagined it was a fort, some guns etc, walls the usual, but here was a most enjoyable walk around the headland with spectacular views and plenty to look at. We were admittedly battling the wind the whole way round but it made it fun. 😁 We nearly missed the blow hole where you can sit and listen to the ocean. Seek it out. It's worth it. We thought it was well worth the €3 entrance fee.
  • This is an expansive fort that looks like a lot of work is under way to make even better. Once inside the walls it's a large fort with a few things to see, the church and maybe something else. You can walk around a path and there are signs that details the plants and animals that are in the area. There is a circular maze exhibit and when you walk to the middle you can hear the surf crashing, through the maze you can see where people carved their name into the concrete. Unfortunately, with limited bathrooms it also smelled like urine. Parking is limited close to the fort and there are spaces further away. Great views and a taste of Portuguese history.
  • Nice walk around the headland with some information boards. the Fortress itself is impressive, and again there is some information boards. They are building a new cafe / shop complex so this would make it a much better visit. Definite must is the maze at the end of the headland which has a surprise inside...
  • Very interesting building. Great walk within the boundaries of the fortress along the cliff walls with good explanation boards. My favourite thing was the Chamber of Sound. Looks like they are refurbishing the visitor centre part, if so it will be worth a new visit when it's complete.
  • Fun to walk up on the walls and stroll around the cliffs. Check out the sea holes, really cool to feel the wind rush over you as the waves go in and out

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Where to stay in Sagres

Portugal's most southwestern point, Sagres is a little isolated in terms of its surroundings but offers a range of lodging options. Head south of the city center to the neighborhoods of Tonel and Baleeira to be close to the surrounding beaches. You can indulge in an upscale hotel either on the beach or within easy walking distance that provides sweeping ocean views, comfortable rooms, and plenty of opportunities to relax poolside. You'll also find a wealth of apartments and villas here, which can accommodate larger groups and provide a bit more privacy than the hotel scene.
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