Fort in Sagres

Fortaleza de Sagres

Blank, hulking and forbidding, Sagres’ fortress offers breathtaking views over the sheer cliffs, and all along the coast to Cabo de São Vicente. According to legend, this is where Prince Henry the Navigator establis…
Landmark in Sagres

Cabo de São Vicente

Five kilometres from Sagres, Europe’s southwesternmost point is a barren headland, the last piece of home that Portuguese sailors once saw as they launched into the unknown. It's a spectacular spot: at sunset you ca…
Museum in Sagres

Museu dos Faróis

In the lighthouse complex at Cabo São Vicente, this small but excellent museum gives a good overview of Portugal’s maritime-navigation history, displays replica folios of a 1561 atlas and gives information on the hi…
Statue in Sagres

Statue of Henry the Navigator

Near the turismo stands this statue of Henry the Navigator, map in hand, pointing out to sea as if saying 'what are you waiting for, guys? It's all out there!'
Landmark in Sagres

Rosa dos Ventos

Just after you enter the Sagres fortress you can't miss the huge, circular stone pattern measuring 43m in diameter. Named the rosa dos ventos (literally, a pictorial representation of a compass), this strange config…
Fort in Sagres

Fortaleza do Beliche

A kilometre before reaching the lighthouse at Cabo de São Vicente, you'll pass the Fortaleza do Beliche, built in 1632 on the site of an older fortress. The interior, once a hotel, is off-limits, but you can go thro…
Church in Sagres

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça

This small whitewashed church dates from 1570 and sits within the Sagres fortress precinct. It is a simple barrel-vaulted structure with a gilded 17th-century altarpiece. Take a closer look at the tiled altar panels…
Lighthouse in Sagres


Near the southern end of the promontory of Sagres fortress is a lighthouse. Death-defying anglers balance on the cliffs below the walls, hoping to land bream or sea bass.
Landmark in Sagres

Fortaleza da Baleeira

A tiny fortress above the fishing port.