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Introducing Sagres

Overlooking some of the Algarve’s most dramatic scenery, the small, elongated village of Sagres has an end-of-the-world feel with its sea-carved cliffs and empty, wind-whipped fortress high above the ocean. Despite its connection to Portugal’s rich nautical past, there isn’t much of historical interest in town. Its appeal lies mainly in its sense of isolation (refreshing after the hectic Algarve), plus access to fine beaches. It has a laid-back vibe, and simple, cheery cafes and bars. It’s especially popular, particularly in the last decade, with a surfing crowd. Outside town, the striking cliffs of Cabo de São Vicente make for an enchanting visit.

One kilometre east of the square, past holiday villas and restaurants, is the port, still a centre for boatbuilding and lobster fishing, and the marina.

Sagres has milder temperatures than other parts of the Algarve, with Atlantic winds keeping the summers cool.