Sagres’ beaches

Sagres, also known as “the end of the world”, is located in Vila do Bispo, in the southwestern Algarve of Portugal. Sagres’ beaches are great for surfing and are a true nature gem of Europe. It’s known as “the end of the world” because Sagres is the most southwestern point of mainland Europe. Only the islands of the Azores, that also belong to Portugal, are more southwest. Given it’s location with a South and West coast, Sagres’ beaches are some of the prettiest of Europe.

Sagres is a rather small town. It has a tiny population of over 3000 inhabitants distributed over 34.28 square kilometres. This number rises significantly during the high season when tourists visit Sagres’ beaches and other attractions like nice restaurants and nightlife.

The area around Sagres is historically connected to the Portuguese Age of Discovery. The connection between Sagres and the Discoveries is thanks to its strategic localization. This location made Sagres one of the most important areas in the Algarve in terms of its rich heritage. In fact, Sagres significance to world history is incredible, testified by a wealth of historical events, stories and legends. For example, the cult of St. Vincent and Sagres are closely linked. For centuries, Sagres was the most distant point of the known world – known as Cape St. Vincent.

Let’s talk about what really matter: Sagres’ beaches. Sagres’ beaches that we like most are Baleeira, Beliche, Mareta, Martinhal and Tonel. The big advantage of these beaches is that some are on the south coast and others on the west coast. Like this, all beaches have different conditions. While some are great for surfing, others may be good to take you family too as they’re as flat as a pool.

The best of Sagres’ beaches:

Baleeira

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Baleeira, Sagres by Quint Serviços Fotograficos

Praia da Baleeira is a small beach next to Porto da Baleeira. This Porto is the working fishing harbour in Sagres. Baleeira is a magnificent sandy beach with a few rocks speckled across the sand. The beach has a pretty view over Sagres bay and the fishing harbour. It’s a nice spot to sit and watch the boats go while enjoying the sun and the sand.

In terms of restaurants, there is one restaurant behind the beach. Behind the port, plenty of restaurants and bars can be found. This is not a supervised beach.

Beliche

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Beliche, Sagres by Manolo Valiente

Praia do Beliche is a beautiful bay of soft sand surrounded by huge towering cliffs. Beliche lies between Sagres point and Cape St Vincent. It’s secluded location makes it a calm beach, even when the wild winds get up.

Beliche is still kind of a secret beach as not many tourist know it. As such, here you won’t find any amenities. It’s a true paradise for those who like the untouched character of this beach. We recommend you to pack a picnic to take with you or go for lunch at one of restaurants on the main road above the beach or in the town. Don’t forget that the only way to get  to the beach is down a long set of steps down from the car park, so don’t carry too much. Praia do Beliche is supervised during the beach season.

Mareta

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Mareta, Sagres by agostinho1959

Praia da Mareta is maybe the most popular of Sagres’ beaches as it is the closest beach to the town. Mareta is another lovely sandy bay with stones at the back. This place is sheltered from the westerly winds. So you know where to head if wind is coming from the west. Mareta is great for those who likes to sunbathe. Not being very wavy and windy, Mareta is recommended for families.

To have a meal, there are three restaurants on the beach that serve delicious fresh fish (among others). Mareta is supervised during the beach season.

Martinhal

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Martinhal, Sagres by Jonny Baird

Praia da Martinhal is a long bay of golden sands. It’s the first beach of Sagres, on the left right before entering the town from the main road. Praia da Martinhal has a marshy lagoon at the back and an island out to sea. This beach overlooks the fishing harbour and a cute lighthouse, being a beautiful beach to spend time on. While the other beaches are more popular for surfers and bodyboarders, Praia da Martinhal is a firm favourite amongst windsurfers. You can even find a windsurfing club here if you fancy giving it a go while you are there.

There are two restaurants on the beach. Parking is easy as there is a large car park behind the beach. As the car park is flat and runs straight onto the sand, it’s easier for disabled access. Martinhal is supervised during the beach season.

Tonel

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Praia do Tonel hides under the cliffs of Ponta de Sagres. Tonel overlooks the bay to Cabo de São Vicente. Depending on the wind direction, Tonel is a lovely sheltered bay. Tonel is very popular with surfers as well as those just wanting to relax in the sun. It’s right next to Sagres fortaleza and the turning is signposted on the right just as you reach the large car parking area for the fort. The beach has a restaurant and toilets. Tonel is supervised during the season.

The Atlantic along the coast of Sagres can be subject to strong currents, particularly around the rocks depending on tide and weather conditions. So while enjoying these stunning beaches, don’t forget to be safe. In Portugal, check the beach flag when you visit a beach. Beach season in Portugal with lifeguard supervision is normally April to the end of September. These are the flags you should be aware of:

  • Green flag = swimming permitted;
  • Yellow flag = swimming forbidden but you may enter the water;
  • Red flag = Swimming and entering the water forbidden;
  • Blue and white chequered flag = the beach is temporarily unattended.

To enjoy Sagres to the fullest, don’t forget to book a boot tour or some cool water sport 😉

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Bo’s tips about the best things to do in Sagres

Ever heard about Sagres? Sagres is known as “the end of the world”. In fact, Sagres is most Southwestern point of mainland Europe, located in the Algarve, Portugal.

Me and my sister Femke got to know this magical place when we were two young girls looking to explore the best waves while surfing in Sagres. More than fifteen years after having met this cool surfer town for the first time, we share our personal tips about the best things to do in Sagres.

In this blog post we’ll share our personal tips to enjoy Sagres to the fullest. We’ll tell you what are the best things to do in Sagres and where and how to do them. We will also share our favorite spots to eat and drink in Sagres and also about where to stay in Sagres.

What to do in Sagres?

Surfing in Sagres

Me and my sister were 10 and 12 years old when we started surfing. Actually, we started surfing in Sagres. We used to grab a surf van from Lagos and look out for the best waves of the South Eastern point of the Algarve.

Many times we ended up in the region of Sagres as it has several beaches with different orientations to have suitable waves for all levels. This unique location and perfect waves all year round make surfing in Sagres one of the most sought for activities in Sagres.

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Wave sensations – Surf lessons in Sagres – The best things to do in Sagres

So, when in Sagres, a surfing lesson is a must. We recommend a full day surf lesson. This surf lesson in Sagres is suitable if it’s your first time and also if you’ve surfed before and want to improve your basics. In this stage you’ll be surfing broken waves. Broken waves are the most suitable way to learn and to reach the necessary confidence for the next level. We’re sure this is the ideal surf lesson to gain experience riding the waves as we’ve done it ourselves!

SUP in Sagres

Stand-up Paddle is becoming more and more popular. SUP can be done by all ages and does not require any previous experience and is easy to learn. Sagres is a true paradise to explore this sport, that’s why SUP in Sagres is one of the most popular activities in Sagres.

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SUP in Sagres – The best things to do in Sagres

SUP is a unique way to explore the hidden coastline of southwest Algarve. To make the most out of your SUP experience, we recommend a tour with our friend Nelson. Nelson knows the coast of the Algarve like no other, allowing you to discover places you would never see on a boat tour. Back in the days, Nelson was one of our surf instructors teaching us how to surf in Sagres, and is now SUP guide, among other amazing activities to explore the coast, like Coasteering.

Boat tours in Sagres

There are several boat tours in Sagres. They’re surely all worth it, depending on your taste. This romantic sunset boat tour is one of our favorite boat tours in Sagres. The sunset is a special moment of the day where the skies of Sagres become even more magical.

During the Summer, you can enjoy this sunset on a romantic boat trip. On this tour in Sagres, you’ll be offered a delicious traditional Portuguese snack, a glass of the world famous green wine and a non-alcoholic beverage to round off this inspiring experience.

Dolphin watching in Sagres

Sagres may be worldwide known for surfing, but did you know Sagres is also home to several species of dolphins? Dolphin watching in Sagres is the ideal experience for travellers with children. The encounters with wild dolphins in the middle of the Atlantic are very inspiring experiences.

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Dolphin watching from Sagres – boat trips Algarve

On these dolphin watching trips, we deal with wild animals. As such, you’ll not be guaranteed you’ll actually find them. The good news is that the experienced boat crew finds dolphins on almost every trip. Several species can be found, from common dolphins to Minke Whales and at times even Orcas, Hammerhead sharks and Blue sharks.

On this dolphin watching trip in Sagres, a marine expert will be on board to tell you all the secrets about the animals. Even if you have the tough luck to not find any mammals, the trip is definitely worth it thanks to its adventurous spirit and incredible sights over the coastline and caves. This dolphin watching tour from Sagres is a must-do activity in Sagres and will make your holiday in the Algarve unforgettable!

Diving in Sagres

Sagres is one of the best scuba diving sites in Europe. Even if you do not have a diving certificate, you can try it! This diving experience in Sagres will allow you to explore the wonderful and mysterious underwater world without having to go through an intense and prolonged training.

With this diving school that we know personally, you can try scuba diving in Sagres with all the safety and autonomy like a certified diver in just half a day.

discover diving sagres

discover diving sagres

Being a beginner, for your comfort and safety, the diving session will be done from a beach (instead of from a boat, which requires more experience) with a vast underwater flora and fauna, so you can enjoy this adventure.

If you’re a more experienced scuba diver, there are great options to. Wreck diving in Sagres, for example, is one of the most popular things to do in Sagres for divers.

Birdwatching in Sagres

During the months of September and October, Sagres usually hosts a Bird Watching Festival. This festival is a great event for bird watching lovers. Honestly, we’re not bird watching fans ourselves, but we’ve had great feedback about the bird watching possibilities in the region of Sagres.

A great variety in both resident and migratory birds make bird watching one of the best things to do in Sagres.

Yoga in Sagres

When in Sagres, you’ll immediately feel the relaxed and laid back environment. This is one of the reasons why yoga is one of the most popular things to do in Sagres. To enjoy the wellness sensation in Sagres to the fullest, check out the packages provided by Trip for Wellness. Trip for Wellness is the ideal partner in uncovering the best kept secret spots to totally relax and practice yoga too.

Running in Sagres

As we already mentioned, Sagres is known for its stunning landscapes and special and bright light. In addition to being a great place for watersports and boat tours, Sagres is also perfect for running. So, while visiting Sagres, stay healthy and active with a close contact with the lively nature and one of the purest and cleanest air you can breathe in Europe.

To make sure you get the most out of your running, why not contact a local guide? Running, on the road or trails, is one of my personal favorite things to do in Sagres.

Cycling in Sagres

Another popular activity in Sagres and a great way to explore the Southwestern region of Europe is by bike. If you like two wheels but don’t want to sweat, you can also go for a scooter in Sagres. Renting a bike or a scooter is one of the best things to do in Sagres. Bike rentals in Sagres, at Maretta shop start at €10 per day.

What to Eat & Drink in Sagres?

Sagres is the name of one of the most popular beers in Portugal and it is also a magical surfer town known for great waves and a relaxed environment. To grab a beer, our favorite spot is called Água Salgada. “Água Salgada”, means salted water, and this is what you’ll probably still feel on your skin while sipping a nice Sagres beer after your day on the beach. Água Salgada is also the spot to be after having had dinner and to spend the last energy you’ve got after a long day surfing on the dancefloor.

Talking about dinner, one of our favorite spots is “O Dromedário”. The specialty of this restaurant are the pizzas. Pizzas are great to fuel up carbs after spending a lot of them while surfing.  If you do not want a pizza, try the vegetarian and italian dishes, salads, or great ice creams. For the ones looking for a truly local experience, grilled fish is a must. For the freshest fish for a good price, check out “A Sagres” Restaurant.

Where to stay in Sagres?

As young surfer chicks, me and my sister used to stay in the surf camp of the Algarve Surf School. So, in case you’re booking your surfing in Sagres with us, ask about the Algarve Surf School Hostel and we can arrange that for you too. This established Sagres Surfing Hostel gives you a cosy atmosphere where you’ll feel at home.

In this Surfing Hostel, you’ll dream about surfing and all meals are thought for surfers. This hostel in Sagres is perfectly situated at walking distance from the local amenities, the town centre and the above mentioned bars. And to get the most out of your surfing in Sagres, you can even walk to three stunning beaches.

If you want another hostel option, the Funky Monkey Hostel is a must. We have never stayed there ourselves, but friends of ours have, and they loved it! The Hostel has an open plan kitchen with amazing views of the garden.  To recover after an epic winter surf session, the Hostel has a very cozy living room and fireplace. The real secret of the Funky Monkey Hostel are the 3000m2 of gardens and a wonderful rooftop terrace.

Not everybody is fond of hostel style accommodations. Luckily, Sagres hosts options for accommodating all tastes. The Memmo Baleeira Hotel is a must for design lovers. Memmo Baleeira is the perfect spot for relaxing in a contemporary atmosphere of design. This 4 star Design hotel provides literally everything you need for a break from your daily routine.

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sagres explorer – boat trips from lagos to sagres- Beach hut watersports – Luz

Do you have any additional tips or tricks about Sagres or would you like some more suggestions about the best things to do in Sagres, feel free to contact us. You can also check all the boat tours and watersports in Sagres on our Sagres category page.