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Fortaleza de Sagres, Sagres

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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. To visit Fortaleza de Sagres on your trip to Sagres, use our Sagres vacation route planner.
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  • This was the end of the world until Henry the Navigator sent explorers off 700 years ago. The fortress located on a high peninsular cliff is essentially a single wall that seals the cliff off from att...  more »
  • We took a one hour bus ride up from Lagos and then walked the distance around the Fortaleza. We had a beautiful day and it was a beautiful scene. It took about 2-3 hours because we took our time and r...  more »
  • Great place to see the ocean and take some pictures. Unfortunately, drag on for years with no end in sight. Pay four dollars for it, I don't think. At least on the first Sunday of every month is free.
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  • Despite not having decent toilets or a cafe this is an incredible place. Have seen owls coming from the sea after migration, eagles on the cliffs and the views are stunning. The cliff top anglers are amazing to watch (shame they leave litter all over the place). Well worth a visit - and only 3€ pp
  • The Fortress is nothing special. There are a few rusty cannons which are nice to look at. But the highlight is the walk along the coast which is roughly 2km long. The lighthouse at the southern end is closed and the huge compass rose is not too spectacular.
  • It might seem that you can have all the views outside the Fortress but it is totally we worth your money! You have a very long walk, but you are at the tip of the earth and it is an amazing experience!
  • The fort itself is a single wall, and there are cliffs behind. Generally underwhelming, you can get a much better view for free from the lighthouse at Cabo st Vincent a few minutes drive away.
  • I was dumbfounded by the views along this end of the world. Omg!!! Absolute must go. The fort looks intimidating from a distance. I didn't actually go into the fort as it didn't look like there was much to it.