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Sagres

Sagres in Western Algarve comes under the district of Vila do Bispo, think of Sagres and most would think of the beer with the same name.  Named after the town as a form of being stability and long standing like the landmark of the fort (Fortaleza de Sagres)and the rock cliffs it stands on. It is the most south westerly point of Europe, Henry the Navigator ordered the siting and building of the fortress in the 15th century to protect the strategic coastal position. With the coves that offering shelter for shipping during strong storms.  

Sagres is popular with those wanting to reach the furthest point and visit both the fort and Lighthouse of Ponta de Sagres (Farol da Ponta de Sagres) in nearby Cape St Vincent. The light house is not that old as tourist imagine, only being built in 1958 on the same spot of the earlier one of the 1890s. Today the light can be seen from over 20 kilometres away. Due to it being the most south-westerly point in Europe during the roman period it was thought to be the end of the world with the sun sinking into the sea at the end of every day. Sagres town is small but worth walking around with the calm clear harbour down below with its 2 piers. The large building Docapesca at the beginning of the harbour wall the auction and fish sorting process with up to five ton of fish sorted for distribution a day.


Cobbled square with Restaurants

Lighthouse landmark

Fort tunnel entrance

Algarve's largest fish auction

Sagres large fort

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