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 high above the frothing ocean strung with wind-whipped fortresses that connect it to Portugal’s rich nautical past. It's the only place in the world where white storks are known to nest on cliff faces.
Situated 1.5km east of the square, past holiday villas and restaurants, is the port, still a centre for boat building and lobster fishing, and the marina. Outside town are the striking cliffs of Cabo de São Vicente, the southwesternmost point of the European mainland, and splendid beaches that are increasingly popular with surfers.
Sagres has milder temperatures than other parts of the Algarve, with Atlantic winds keeping the summers cool.