Sagres — Land of surf, and history
I’m not a person who spends summers in the Algarve. It’s too much confusion for me. But, in the winter months, this is one of my favorites havens. Especially if there are good swells on the south coast of the country, with Sagres being a must stop.
The village is not strange to surfers. On the contrary. Every year, sun or rain (and it’s always more natural to be sunny here), wave lovers fill the narrow streets and concentrate on numbers in the water — sometimes higher than would be desirable. This is more noticeable on Easter holidays, given the prominent frequency of waves in the region, the pleasant climate and the fact that the Algarve is a stone’s throw from neighboring Spain or just a low-cost air company away from many European countries.
There is more to Sagres beyond the waves
But if surfing has become one of the primary drivers of local development, Sagres is also a place full of history. After all, it served as a port of refuge and protection to the boats that left Portugal towards the unknown, during the time of the Portuguese Discoveries.
The Fortress of Sagres is an excellent example of these times, with the vast wall adapted to the defense of the territory against all the invaders who came from the south. Also, the lighthouse on Cape of St. Vincent, built by order of D. Maria II, in 1846, marks the history of the town and the country and continues being one of the lighthouses with greater light reach in all Europe.
This is also a great starting point for winding your shoes and following the paths of the Vincentian Route, one of the “most beautiful coastal paths in the world” according to Condé Nast Traveler. I have never yet ventured on these paths, but I have heard that they are the most beautiful views of the Portuguese coastline that one can have.
All in all, Sagres is small in size, but a giant in natural and cultural wealth. A must-see destination for beach lovers, nature enthusiasts and, of course, surfing addicts!
What about you? Have you ever heard or visit Sagres? What attracts you most to a beachfront location: beaches or cultural history? Share your opinion with me in the comments box below. Let’s talk!
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