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Sagres a small town in Soutwest Portugal.

Sagres ia a small town with a lot of Maritime History,this is a small town located on the most
South Western Point of Portugal and off course Europe.Sagres is known for its beauty, and the harbour is very beautiful .
Because Sagres location protected it from the strong winds and because of that a fort was constructed by Prins Henry the Navigator or Dom Alfonso Henrique and inside the Fort was a Maritime school built, for Navigation an Exploration.

A very old Fort built in the 17 th Century.

A few kilometers from the Town Sagres you will find on old Fort built in 17 th Century , going through a small tunnel you see the remnant of a church and an old Canon is also there , but there is not much else the walls are still in good shape. What you will see next is very impressive , in the distance you will see Cape Vincent with its big lighthouse and surroundings.
The cliffs you will see go straight down it is incredible steep and the view is stunning . Dozens of local fishermen with large fishing poles and they do some very dangerous things to get a good spot for fishing.Off course the locals eat a lot of fish.Some of the local fishermen risk their life to get a spot to fish.There was lots of fish being caught.

Very big Lighthouse and a large square.

Several Naval fights have taken place around the Cape St Vincent, In 1693 Admiral Tourville defeated Sir George Rooke.
Admiral Rodnney defeated the Spanish in 1780. Admiral Jervis with
Nelson defeated the Spanish fleet in 1797.An impressive Lighthouse is located at Cape St Vincent, the lighthouse is a guiding light for hundreds of ships that pass by the Cape every year.The surrounding Cliffs are massive and very steep and their is little vegetation , the ground is rocky and hardly any soil.

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  • Pros:Sagres and the Fort and Lighthouse are well worth a visit.
  • In a nutshell:If you go to the Algarve for a vacation ,I recommend you take a half day to visit.
  • Last visit to Sagres: Feb 1996
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Hello, Hansi! Thanks for sharing your story!~

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2009 at 6:46 AM

    Great tips and pics, i loved the fort at Sagres.

  • Tripack's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Thanks for your Bday wish! I hope that the cliffs in Cascais will be safer... see you there soon ;-)

  • liqdstar's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2006 at 9:35 PM

    gorgeous!!! Can't wait for my trip to spain & portugal this summer!!

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2005 at 10:02 AM

    I'm scared of heights, so you won't catch me near the edge of those cliffs! It does look beautiful here, though - I'll admire the cliffs from afar : )

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2004 at 4:05 AM

    Sagres was one of my favourite places in the Algarve. I really liked the steep cliffs and being able to look out over the water.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2004 at 6:31 PM

    Those fishermen were crazy! Nice photos, the Atlantic was wild when we visited Sages & St Vincent, Lovely area. (~_~)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2004 at 6:46 PM

    Hans, What an interesting group of pages. Those are awesome fishing photos. Those cliffs look wicked. I like the one of you looking over your shoulder! Fantastic travelogues. You ROCK!!

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2004 at 3:04 PM

    Those fishermen are rather foolish, no-one knows when the weather turns

  • babar_1's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2004 at 10:33 AM

    Nice little page of an interesting corner of world.


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