Located in the south-westerly tip of continental Europe is a town that is said to be one of the Algarve’s most historical sites – Sagres. It is also commonly known as the end of the earth, and is therefore the perfect spot to watch the sun set. Located only about twenty minutes away from Lagos, the largest town at this end of the Algarve, Sagres is a lively fishing town that is the perfect place for a family getaway as it truly does offer something for everyone. It is a quiet area that has a laid-back vibe. Sagres overlooks some of the most dramatic scenery in the Algarve’s and is home to some incredible beaches. Sagres is also home to sea-carved cliffs, forts, a picturesque harbour and the famous school of navigation built by the son of King João I, Prince Henry the Navigator. With so much to see and do, Sagres is definitely a must-visit when in Portugal. Muslim visitors must be aware that they will find it quite difficult to locate Muslim-friendly facilities in Sagres.
To learn more about the history of the area, visitors to Sagres must pay a visit to Ponta des Sagres, which is a small museum housed in the Fortaleza de Sagres, a 15th century fortress that was destroyed and rebuilt in 1793. The fortress is now listed as a national monument. This area, near the fortress, is also known for offering breathtaking views of the sunset.
Further along from the fort, is the promontory of Cabo de São Vincente. This is said to be mainland Europe's most southwesterly point that was known as the ‘End of the World’ to ancient mariners. The area offers visitors breathtaking views and is also home to what is said to be one of the most powerful lighthouses in Europe – the Farol do Cabo São Vicente.
Sagres is also known for its amazing beaches. Some beaches are ideal for relaxation, while others are well-known for offering the perfect conditions for windsurfing. Some of the must-visit beaches in Sagres are; Praia da Mareta, Praia do Martinhal, Praia do Tonel, and Praia de Beliche.
Those interested can also take a cruise around the cape to get in some fishing and to spot dolphins, play some golf on the rolling hills of the Parque da Floresta golf course while enjoying stunning views of the sea, and even enjoy cycling, diving, walking, and surfing.
The closest airport to Sagres is Portimão Airport, located about 38 kilometres away. This airport is however not a major one. The nearest major airport to the town is Faro Airport, which is located in Faro, and is about 113 kilometres away.
There are no known halal restaurants in Sagres. Muslim visitors will have to dine on seafood or vegetarian dishes in non-halal restaurants. They will however have to ensure that the ordered item does not contain any non-halal ingredients. These restaurants are also known to serve alcohol. Muslims visiting Sagres could also ask the locals for Halal restaurants in the areas surrounding the town.
There are no known mosques in Sagres. Muslims visiting Sagres can ask the locals for mosques located in areas nearby or, they are advised to pray in their hotel room before setting out on any excursion, if possible.