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Visit Sagres and Aljezur: where to stay and what to do

Though the south of Portugal is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, there is (so much) more to see and do in Sagres and Aljezur beyond the beaches — so take a look at the itinerary we’ve put together to find out what you’ve got in store.

Located less than an hour apart, these two towns are dotted with nooks and crannies filled with a natural beauty that is truly unmissable. A visit to Sagres and Aljezur means finding beaches and natural parks that seem as if they go on forever. Come along with us to discover the best-kept secrets of the Algarve region.

Where to stay in Sagres and Aljezur

Before you explore the most beautiful natural landscapes the area has to offer, it is essential you choose your accommodation. To help you out, here are two suggestions for your visit to Sagres and Aljezur:

  • Navigator Beach & Nature Hotel: located in the village of Sagres, this hotel provides the best of both worlds – from the amenities you’ll find in town to the beaches and landscapes of the Vicentine Coast Natural Park);
  • Vale da Telha Nature Boutique Hotel: located within the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, this hotel in Aljezur provides the peace and comfort you’ll need to get endless hours of rest.

Keep reading to find out the best things to see and do in Sagres and Aljezur.

What to do in Aljezur

We’ll begin Northwards, that is, in Aljezur itself, a village founded by the Moors – like much of the Algarve region. The town has remained faithful to its roots, the proof of which stands in the remnants of the Castle of Aljezur, which is well worth a visit, as it is considered the best viewpoint in the area.

From there, head down to the narrow lanes of the town itself and fill your morning with culture. Both the Misericórdia Church and the Church of Our Lady of Alva cannot be left off your itinerary.

Of course, while you’re in the heart of the Vicentine Coast, you cannot forget to pay the beach a visit. The hardest decision you’ll have to make, however, is choosing which one you want to go to. The three best-known beaches in the area are Arrifana Beach, Medo da Fonte Santa Beach and Amoreira Beach.

And when the pangs of hunger start to hit, you’d best not take too long to get to Sabor’arte, Sector B or VÁRZEA — three of the best restaurants in Aljezur, serving options to suit all tastes.

What to do in Sagres

On your way into Sagres you’ll go pat the Fort, which faces out onto the Atlantic. Its construction having been ordered by Prince Henry the Navigator, the monument remains a must-see stop on any itinerary.

Head down to the beach for a late-afternoon swim or to hitch a ride on some of the best waves in the country. This village is very popular with surf lovers due to the prime conditions it provides for the sport.

4×4 tours along the coast are also top-rated and can be the perfect late-afternoon entertainment before dinner time approaches.

And speaking of dinnertime, make sure you don’t miss your chance to enjoy a meal in some of the town’s most well-known establishments such as Gelataria Alice, Art & Heart, the Laundry Lounge Sagres, Three Little Birds or A Sereia Restaurant.

Now you know: when you visit Sagres and Aljezur, always have one foot in the sea and the other on land.