Welcome to Sagres, the charming surfer's town located on the southwest corner of Portugal. Often referred to as 'the end of the world,' Sagres beckons adventurous souls with its captivating rocky cliffs and unparalleled natural beauty.
Just a 1.5-hour drive from Faro Airport in the Algarve, this small town offers a wealth of exciting experiences. In this guide guide, Ive curated a list of my favorite activities in Sagres, ensuring you make the most of your visit.
Discover the wonders that await you in Sagres as we unveil the top things to do in this remarkable destination. Let's dive in!👇
What's in this blog? - Things to do in Sagres
• The obvious: surf
• Have great coffee and try cute cafes
• Explore the beautiful beaches
• Visit Cabo de São Vincente at sunset
• Try supping
• Explore beautiful beach towns
• Horse riding
Surf: ride waves in surfers paradise!
When it comes to surfing, Sagres is a true haven for wave enthusiasts. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfer, this town offers a plethora of options to suit all skill levels. With consistent waves year-round, Sagres provides an ideal environment for honing your skills on the board.
You'll love the surfing culture of Sagres, where numerous surf schools cater to both lessons and equipment rentals. Additionally, you'll find an array of beaches that are protected from larger swells, making them perfect for beginners or those seeking a more relaxed surfing experience.
Have great coffee and try cute cafes!
What's better than a good almond cappuccino and pastel de nata after a big surf?
Sagres has so many amazing coffee bars it's hard to choose which one to try next. Here are a few of my faves! ☕
Picnic Sagres. The Danish pastries and sandwiches here are soooo good. They also have a great selection of craft beers and natural wines. I love this place! Check out their instagram at @picnicsagres.
The Laundry Lounge. With great coffee, fresh pastel de nata, croissants and smoothy bowls you can't go wrong. They also offer daily yoga classes on the roof with a beautiful view! Check them out @laundryloungesagres.
Cafe Goldig. All veggie goodness! Enjoy a bica (espresso) with a raw vegan brownie, amazing soups and falafel or smoothies at this cute little place. Check them out @cafe_goldig.
Three Little Birds. This is the perfect place to go for a tasty lunch or dinner after big salty day! Here you'll find refreshing colorful drinks, tasty soul food and a variety of veggie options. It has a nice vibe and garden to hide away from the sun and the wind. Check them out here @threelittlebirdssagres.
See more of my favorite restaurants in Sagres below!
Explore the beautiful beaches
Prepare to be enchanted by the abundance of beautiful beaches that await you in and around Sagres. Jump in your car, hit the road, and discover the hidden treasures of Praia do Amado, Praia do Beliche, Praia da Arrifana, and more.
Each beach has its own unique charm.. Don't miss the opportunity to explore both the south and west coast beaches, as they showcase contrasting beauty. While the south coast beaches boast serene coves and gentle waves, the west coast beaches are known for their wild and untamed allure. Whichever coast you choose, both will leave you in awe with their pristine beauty.
Get ready to immerse yourself in the mesmerizing coastal wonders of Sagres. Uncover the beauty that lies within each beach, and create lasting memories along this stunning coastline. The perfect thing to do when you're not riding waves!
Visit cabo de São Vicente at sunset
The most southwestern point of Europe, Cabo de São Vicente, is about 6 kilometers from Sagres. The point is quite spectaculair and I recommend checking it out at sunset. When the sky colors turn blue and purple and you're on top of the cliffs at (as they call it) end of the world, its just a magical experience. The light house is also a little museum you can entre to learn about Portugals maritime history.
Sagres offers an exceptional setting for stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), with endless sights to behold. The dramatic cliffs and crystal-clear blue ocean create a backdrop of spectacular views that will leave you in awe.
To make the most of your SUP adventure, I would recommend booking a guided tour. Not only will you navigate the waters with ease, but you'll also have the opportunity to learn about the natural wonders and historical significance of this extraordinary region. Immerse yourself in the stories and information shared by knowledgeable guides, and gain a deeper appreciation for this special piece of Portugal. Embark on a guided SUP tour and discover the magic that Sagres has to offer from a unique perspective.
Absolutely one of my favorite things to do in the Algarve is to go on a cliff hike. It just never get's old. There are some beautiful trails taking you along the enormous dramatic cliffs and the clear blue Atlantic. The west coast offers some beautiful unpaved trails with endless views across the ocean I've highlighted some of my favorite hikes in the Algarve for you already!
Explore Algarve towns
There are many cute and picturesque towns near Sagres that are worth visiting. Find the famous Azulejos (Portuguese tiles) in old towns and explore beautiful beach towns with crooked white washed houses and blossoming bougainvillea. Here are some of my recommendations of towns to visit that are within a one hour drive from Sagres. This is a great thing to do when you want to see what the Algarve is famous for!
Also make sure to check out my favorite beach towns in the Algarve! 👇
Another amazing thing to do and a great way to explore the stunning west coast is by going horse riding! There are a few riding schools in and near Sagres that will take you on a tour. Go for a relaxing beach ride, explore the rural Algarve, orange groves, cork fields or explore the beautiful ocean up from the dramatic cliffs overlooking the clear blue Atlantic! This is a truly magical experience!
Another great thing to do in Sagres to recover from all your other activities, is to take a yoga class. You'll find several studios here that offer in and outdoor classes and beach yoga! I also love taking a post surf afternoon class at the cute Laundry Lounge cafe and enjoy a nice coffee and smoothy after! They teach on the roof of the cafe with a nice view stretching over the entire town of Sagres and it's surroundings. Check out @yogasagres for classes and schedules.