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Fortaleza de Sagres, Sagres

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Historic Site
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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  • Impressive fortifications and a lovely walk around the headland with interesting information points along the way. Easy parking, great views and just a modest entry fee.  more »
  • This is quite simply an incredible fort dating from around the 1400s. Nothing prepares you for the scale of the site not the absolutely incredible views. At 3 euro for entry it is worth 5 times that. ...  more »
  • Henry the Navigator, who even employed Christopher Columbus or Colon, trained his sailors and sent them south along Africa changing the view of a flat world with edges to a rounded perspective enablin...  more »
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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.