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Fortaleza de Sagres

Sagres or the Promontorium Sacrum. This location evokes the memory of the Infante D. Henrique and the Portuguese discoveries.

Canhão na Fortaleza de Sagres
Canhão na Fortaleza de Sagresby: Lacobrigo src: wmf under: CC BY-SA 3.0

The southwesternmost point in the European continent, was already referred to in antiquity as the Promontorium Sacrum, encompassing the area from the Ponta da Piedade to the Cape of São Vicente and from the cape to the beach of Arrifana. A buttressed fortress was built in the 15th century by the Infante D. Henrique, who died here in 1460. The presence of this fortress endowed Sagres with a unique role in the history of Portugal, integrating it within the imaginary universe of the Portuguese discoveries and conferring international recognition to the site.

In addition to the spectacular panorama over the sea and the Cape of São Vicente it is still possible to recognize constructions such as the cistern tower, a windbreak wall, the former dwellings and a barracks and the old parish church of Nossa Senhora da Graça.One of the main attractions for visitors is the huge compass-rose marked on the ground, measuring 43 metres in diameter. Due to its strategic position on the Portuguese coast, the site has a long history, including the attack by the corsair, Francis Drake in 1587, when the Kingdom of Portugal was under the dominion of King Filipe III of Spain.

During the 1990s, the site was subject to an architectural intervention, by the Oporto-based architect, João Carreira, resulting in the creation of a Temporary Exhibitions area, Multimedia Centre, shops and cafetaria.

Timetable

May-September: 10am-20.30pm.
October-April: 10am-6.30pm.
Closed on 1st May and 25 December

Address

Promontório de Sagres
8650-360 Sagres

Telephone: +351 282 620 140
Fax: +351 282 620 143
E-mail: fortaleza.sagres@cultalg.pt

Holiday activities
  • With its large sandy extent and good access from Sagres, Mareta Beach is one of the most popular summer destinations in this area.

    [Praia da Mareta - Beach of Sagres ]
  • Praia do Tonel - Sagres, Algarve
    Praia do Tonel - Sagres, Algarveby: Antonio Fonseca

    The Tonel beach is located on the north side of the fortress of Sagres. The beach is a haven for surfers. Outside the bathing season, the beach is not guarded.

    [Praia do Tonel, Algarve ]
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