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 in the Algarve is a beautiful place to visit. Here’s what you can expect when visiting the end of the world.
Disclosure: This post is part of a hosted stay. All opinions are my own.
Sagres, Portugal is located on the southwest corner of Portugal. It’s not easily accessible via air. Although there is an airport in the Algarve, it’s quite a distance from Sagres. I’d recommend flying into Lisbon, spending some time in Lisbon or Cascais, and then driving down to Sagres. We made the trip on my recent Martinhal resorts press trip, and it took about 3 1/2 hours to go between the two destinations.
The highlight of my short visit was my stay at the Martinhal Sagres Family Beach Resort. The resort features hotel rooms, villas, and suites, along a beautiful beach-front location. Families can also enjoy water sports and activities, like stand up paddleboarding and biking.
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 Henry the Navigator statue, as well as the Fortaleza Sagres Fort, which is open to the public. There are also several surf shops and schools, for those who want to take advantage of the strong surf. Further down the road, you’ll find the Lighthouse of Ponta de Sagres, which is located at the most southwest point of continental Portugal in Sagres.
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?