Sagres: natural beauty

Sagres is set in a 76,000 hectares National Park that stretches from Sagres to Sines.
It surrounds you if your on the beach or walking in the pine forests , you can’t help being mesmerised by its captivating land and seascapes
The sea, the wind, the sun and earth 4 elements working in perfect harmony, this is Sagres.

Cape St Vincent is of interest to naturalists, since several hardy plant species are only found there, it’s on a major light path for birds migrating to and from Africa, and rare eagles often soar overhead.

 

Cape St Vincent

Lighthouse built in 1846 The present lighthouse is 24 metres (79 ft) high and was built over the ruins of a 16th-century Franciscan convent in 1846.T he lighthouse, is on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, its two 1,000 W lamps can be seen as far as 60 kilometres (37 mi) away.

The cape is also the the most impressive place in the Algarve to sea the sun setting, people come from far away to see the sun boiling into the ocean.

 

Fortaleza de Sagres

Historically Sagres is world renowned Fortaleza de Sagres (Sagres Fort)

School of Navigation: About 1418, Prince Henry the Navigator started the first school for oceanic navigation along with an astronomical observatory at Sagres, Portugal. In this school, people were trained in navigation, map-making, and science, in order to sail down the west coast of Africa.The walls are the only reminder to this great fort, as is the impressive entrance arch. There is also a restored 15th century church called Nossa Senhora da Graca inside and last, but not least, the most impressive ruin of the area is the cobbled designed Wind Rose compass, called the Rosa dos Ventos.

 

Gallery photos by Karo Krassel, www.karokrassel.com

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