Known as ‘The End Of The World’, Sagres sits at continental Europe’s most south-westerly point, with only the Azores archipelago being situated further to the west. It is historically connected to the Portuguese Age of Discovery, being the spot from which the Portuguese navigators set off from to discover the new worlds in the 15th century.
The name Sagres comes from the Roman name for the area, Promontorium Sacrum. At the time it was believed to be the most westerly part of the world and the setting of the sun off the point was thought to make the waters of the ocean boil.
The traditional coastal village is located within the Parque Natural de la Costa Vicentina. This natural park sprawls for over 80 kilometres and is home to more than 100 species of flora that are considered to be endemic and rare, as well as a great number of animal species that are at risk of extinction.
With a population of less than 2,000 the sleepy village in Portugal’s Argarve is not what attracts tourists to the area. It is the dramatic, sea-carved cliffs and 25 isolated beaches, that makes it a popular spot for surfers, kitesurfers, rock climbers, hikers, divers and bird watchers. Its rugged, wild landscape and mild weather attracts adventurers year-round.
Sagres is approximately 30 minutes by car from Lagos and has a number of hotels and restaurants, many of which are pet friendly. We stayed at Apartamentos Sagres Time, which is within walking distance of the beach and a range of restaurants and eateries.