During the age of Discovery, before the world was known to be round, the Algarve region of Portugal was thought to be the “end of the world”. Now a tourist destination for those seeking a European family beach vacation, the Algarve is a beautiful place to visit. Quieter than other Portuguese destinations like Lisbon, Cascais, and Estoril, the fishing village of Sagres Portugal in the Algarve is a beautiful place to visit. Here’s what you can expect when visiting the end of the world.
I was able to visit Sagres Portugal on a press trip with Martinhal Resorts. All opinions are my own.
Visiting Sagres Portugal
Sagres, Portugal is located on the southwest corner of Portugal. It’s absolutely beautiful, but is not easily accessible via air. Although there is an airport in the Algarve, it’s quite a distance from Sagres. You could always fly into the airport and rent a car, if you just want to include the Algarve in your vacation plans.
If you are flying in to Portugal, I’d recommend flying into Lisbon, spending some time in Lisbon or Cascais, and then driving down to Sagres Portugal. We made the trip on my recent Martinhal resorts press trip, and it took about 3 1/2 hours by car to go between the two destinations. You’d need to get a rental car, but it would be a worthwhile road trip within Portugal. Private sightseeing tours are also available from Lisbon.
The highlight of my short visit in Sagres was my stay at the Martinhal Sagres Family Beach Resort. The resort features hotel rooms, villas, and suites, along a beautiful beach-front location on Martinhal Beach. Families can also enjoy water sports and activities, like stand up paddleboarding and biking.
If you are visiting Sagres Portugal with your family, I’d definitely recommend staying there. It’s one of the nicest family hotels I’ve seen, and there are loads of recreational activities for families. In fact, I’d even recommend including Sagres on your Portugal family vacation agenda, even if it’s just to stay at the Martinhal Sagres Family Beach Resort.
The town of Sagres is pretty small, with some cafes, restaurants, and stores. During an afternoon visit, I explored the town, checking out a few of the stores, as well as the sights. In the center of town, you’ll find a Prince Henry the Navigator statue.
There are also several surf shops and schools, for those who want to take advantage of the strong Atlantis Ocean surf. During our stay, the surf was quite choppy and some of the water sports at our resort were cancelled. So definitely pay attention to the weather during your vacation.
One of the more popular things to do in Sagres Portugal is to visit the Fortaleza Sagres Fort, which is open to the public. During my visit, I walked down to the fort but didn’t go inside. The Ponta de Sagres cliffs outside the fort offer fantastic views that are worth the price of admission if you choose to go.
Further down the road from the fort, you’ll find the Lighthouse of Ponta de Sagres, which is located at the most southwest point of continental Portugal on Cape St. Vincent (Cabo de São Vicente) in Sagres. The high cliffs of Cape St. Vincent are about 10 miles from the downtown area of Sagres and are absolutely beautiful.
In the small town of Sagres, you’ll also find a number of small restaurants and cafes. While I had all of my meals at the hotel as part of my trip, I definitely would have enjoyed stopped at one of these. These restaurants in Sagres offer a variety of different cuisine types including Portuguese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, American, seafood, and Italian. I’d recommend looking at TripAdvisor for Sagres restaurant reviews – there are lots of options.
If you are vacationing in Sagres, you can definitely relax at the resort for most of your stay, enjoying the city for part of a day. Jeep tours are also offered, and can take you through the town, as well as some of the off-road locations. In addition, some families enjoy taking bike tours of the area. If you are staying at the Martinhal, you can book those at the resort.
Have you been to the end of the world?