Pousada de Sagres
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- Number of rooms: 52
- Air conditioning
- Free internet (public areas)
- 24-hour reception
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Safe at reception
- Room service
- Conference room
- Business centre
- Airport (116km)
Pousada de Sagres - Traditional Moorish-Style Hotel
The picturesque fishing village of Sagres is home to this beautiful cliff-top Pousada. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by spectacular deserted beaches, it offers peace and tranquillity far removed from the more crowded Algarve resorts to the east.
A village steeped in history, Sagres looks over the fortress where Prince Henry the Navigator’s caravels left on their voyages of discovery some 500 years ago, and the Pousada itself opened in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Prince Henrique’s death. As such, much of the Pousada’s décor is reflective of its maritime heritage.
The lounge area of the Pousada is dedicated to exhibiting this connection with the sea, with maps and sea murals adorning the walls and surroundings.
All of the Pousada’s 52 bedrooms have recently been totally renovated, each decorated with earthy colours reflecting the beachside theme.
The Moorish-style of the Pousada de Sagres creates a bright and airy interior, with typical Moorish archways framing the large terrace overlooking the Pousada’s relaxing garden pool, the perfect spot to enjoy some of the restaurant’s delicious seafood against a stunning Atlantic Ocean backdrop.
The town of Sagres has an intricate history with the sea. In yesteryears a starting point for the ‘Discoveries’, today its fishing industry and coast remain essential resources. As a result of this fishing industry, Sagres is home to some of Portugal’s finest seafood dishes, many of which are served at the Pousada’s restaurant.
One of Portugal’s most beautiful nature spots, the combination of sea, mountains, and looming cliffs creates a mystical atmosphere, largely untouched by man. The deserted sandy beaches have not yet been discovered by many tourists, and are perfect for quiet strolls.
Portugal was one of the key players in the ‘Age of Discoveries’, and Sagres is the birthplace of the period’s most important innovation, the caravel. The Fortress of Sagres, base for Prince Henry the Navigator, housed a school for sailors teaching sailing and navigational techniques and it was here that the caravels were first envisioned, they would soon go on be crucial to the Discoveries in exploring West Africa and the Atlantic Ocean.
The history of Sagres is intertwined with that of nearby Cape of St. Vincent which, with its tall cliffs towering over the open sea, was for a long time believed to be the world’s end.
Those travelling to the region between May and October should keep their eyes peeled for Fiesa, the International Sand Sculptures festival, the only one of its kind in the Iberian Peninsula. With different themes each year, and covering an area of 15,000 square metres, artists from all over the world come to showcase their skilful designs, working with over 35,000 tonnes of sand per month!
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.00
- Fish “Cataplana”
- Streak Stew
- Coast Fish Stew
- Monkfish and Prawns Rice
- Octopus Rice
- C. Fell
The Pousada has delightful rooms with magnificent views of the sea and coastline; is there anywhere else in the world that a hotel can have such a fortunate location? Masses to interest you if the sun and beaches don't, Henry the Navigator and the "End of the World", not to mention exploring the rugged coastline that goes to the North and watching surfers brave the waves.
How to get there
Arriving in Sagres fom Vila do Bispo on the road Estr. EN268/N268 1. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto the Estr. EN268/N268 ramp (0.1mi) 2. Merge onto Estr. EN268/N268 Continue to follow N268 (5.4 mi) 3. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R. de São Vicente (0.2 mi) 4. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R. Comandante Matoso (0.3 mi) 5. Turn right onto R. Infante Dom Henrique (0.3 mi) 6. Turn right onto R. Patrão António Faustino Destination will be on the right (249 ft)
Sta Clara a V. - 112 Km
Beliche - 5 Km
Faro Airport - 116 Km
Lisbon Airport - 289 Km
Region & Cuisine
The southernmost region of Portugal, the Algarve, is without a doubt the best-known to visitors to the country from overseas thanks to its popularity as one of Europe’s main holiday destinations. Certainly the Algarve’s attractions are many, and not least its enviable climate with sunshine virtually year-round.
The region is probably most famous for its beaches and its numerous golf courses. The Algarve has around 100 miles of coastline, stretching from the border with Spain in the east right across the south of the country to Cape St Vincent in the west (this is the most south-westerly point in Europe), and then north for about 30 miles up to the border with the Alentejo region. And it’s a wonderful coastline with a mixture of extensive beaches of fine golden sand, small sandy coves and, in places, dramatic cliff-faces and rock formations. Inevitably, since the sixties and seventies there has been a lot of development centred on the main resorts such as Albufeira, Praia da Rocha and Vilamoura with the construction of hotels, apartments, marinas and so on, but in the extreme east and west of the Algarve coast, smaller towns – Tavira and Sagres as examples - while still offering the same glorious beaches remain almost untouched by the frenetic activity of the tourist centres.
The Algarve is not, however, just about beaches and golf. Inland the region is largely rural – hilly, and in places mountainous – and many of the picturesque little towns and villages in the interior appear to have changed little over the centuries and still retain their quiet, unhurried and relaxed way of life. Like the rest of the Iberian Peninsulathe Algarve became part of the Roman empire in the second century BC (there are important Roman remains on the coast in Lagos), but the longest occupation of the region was by the Moors who named the region Al-Gharb and who were finally expelled in 1250, completing the reconquest of Portugal. As in Andalusia in Spain,he archtectural legacy of the Moorish occupation is much in evidence throughout the region.
The principal, and by far the largest, city of the Algarve is Faro. Practically every visitor arrives here thanks to flights into its airport from all over Europe, but very few actually stay in Faro. But it’s an elegant coastal city with a medieval wall and many monuments, museums and churches and it definitely deserves a visit. Away from the coast two particularly attractive towns are Monchique, up in the hills about 20 miles from the resort of Portimao, and Loulé, an active market town a short drive inland from Vilamoura.
Apart from high-quality ‘international cuisine’ stemming from the tourism so important to this region, there are plenty of delicious local dishes available throughout the Algarve. Pork and chicken are the main ingredients for meat dishes, notably ‘Cataplana’ (pork with lots of clams and garlic) and ‘chicken piri-piri’ ranging from mild to very hot and spicy. But fish and seafood reign supreme here; grilled sardines are excellent on the Algarve coast and available practically everywhere while swordfish, bass, bream, squid, clams, lobsters and prawns are all of the highest quality and fresh as can be. Wines from all over Portugal are freely available, but the local wines from Lagos, Tavira and Lagoa are all good and the region produces several local varieties of liqueur.
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