Clutching the Algarve’s towering westerly cliffs, Sagres is home to some of Portugal’s most dramatic seascapes. While its choppy Atlantic swells make it popular with adrenaline-seeking surfers, there’s also a calmer side to the region where imposing sea cliffs give way to long stretches of soft sands. Walking around its small town and largely undeveloped coastal lands, you’ll soon get a sense of Sagres’ somewhat edge-of-the-world feeling. But this, along with its uncrowded atmosphere, only adds to its charm.
Memmo Baleeira – Design Hotels
Set on the green headlands above Praia da Baleeira beach, Memmo Baleeira – Design Hotels is an ideal choice for those after sea views and blissful beach days. Beautifully designed to make the most of its seafront location, the pool area and outdoor eating terraces offer views over the Atlantic Ocean. Inside, you’ll find contemporary interiors and a spa, complete with a sauna, indoor pool and massage area, to unwind in.
Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel
Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel has so much to offer for both adults and kids alike. The hotel, which sits above the beach, offers all kinds of water sports from surfing lessons to canoe hire. If you’d like to spend a few hours relaxing in the spa or practising your tree pose in a yoga class, the children can stay entertained with activities provided by the kids’ club. Of course, there’s always the five swimming pools and the beach club bar if you fancy a day in the sun.
Mareta Beach – Boutique Bed & Breakfast
Make the most of Sagres’ sandy shores when you stay in this beachside bed & breakfast. You can spend your days between the hotel’s sea-view infinity pool and the sheltered bay of Mareta Beach. Inside, there’s a modern atmosphere with accents of colour and quirky detailing to enliven the space. Your spacious room will have air conditioning and a handy minibar. If you fancy staying in for the night, you can order pizza and other dishes from the hotel’s very own pizzeria, followed by cocktails in the on-site bar.
Mareta View – Boutique Bed & Breakfast
Surrounded by tropical palms and sweeping views over Mareta Beach, this boutique bed & breakfast feels intertwined with nature. With its peaceful, calm atmosphere, you’ll be able to spend time relaxing on the hotel’s sundeck which features a hot tub. Each room has been stylishly decorated with light-giving floor-to-ceiling windows and a modern decor. Head down to the sea-view restaurant for meals, or enjoy food in your room thanks to the hotel’s 24-hour room service.
For a self-catered stay with added style, opt for Cercas Velhas. Set in brightly-painted bungalows, the guesthouse has been tastefully finished with a modern-rustic atmosphere. Alongside exposed stone walls and traditional Portuguese tiling, the guest houses feature a kitchenette, a private bathroom and some even have an outdoor seating area. The accommodation is less than a 15-minute walk to the sheltered beach at Mareta, where you’ll find restaurants and cafes too.
Pousada de Sagres
Positioned on the cliffs high above Mareta Beach, Pousada de Sagres gives you panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the lighthouse of Cape St Vicent. One of the best places to enjoy the vistas is from the hotel’s swimming pool area. There’s also the outdoor eating terrace where you can enjoy meals with a sea view. If you prefer to stay active during your break, you can play tennis or hire a bike and explore the surrounding area on two wheels.
Casa Azul Sagres – Rooms & Apartments
If you’re coming to Sagres for the surfing, Casa Azul Sagres – Rooms & Apartments can organise surf and body board lessons to help you get started. This intimate hotel offers both self-catered and bed-and-breakfast room options. Whatever room type you choose, you’ll have a modern, air-conditioned space to rest your head in. Look out for bedrooms overlooking Cape St. Vincent if you’d like a room with a sea view.
Apartamento do Cercado
Apartamento do Cercado offers self-catered accommodation just a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Sagres’ small town. You’ll be able to enjoy a peaceful stay here among the apartments’ green gardens and swimming pool area. You’ll get a fully-equipped kitchen to cook your meals and a dining terrace for al fresco eating. If you want to explore the rest of Sagres, you can take advantage of Apartamento do Cercado’s bike hire service and make your way down to the beach, which is less than 2km away.
Tonel Apartamentos Turisticos
Staying at Tonel Apartamentos Turisticos puts you less than a 10-minute walk to the golden sands of Tonel Beach. This stretch of coastline is also known as one of the top surfing beaches in the region. The apartments are centred around a lawned swimming pool area with pergolas for shading under. You’ll have a fully-equipped kitchen for all your meals, but if you want to head out for the evening, you’ll have a few restaurants just a short walk away.
Seasagres – Design Villas
Seasagres – Design Villas really tick all the boxes for a stylish self-catered stay. The luxury villas have a modern cubic design and reveal a contemporary minimal decor inside. Spacious bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and a neutral colour palette add to the apartment’s bright and fresh feel. You’ll have your own generously-sized kitchen area and a private balcony which overlooks the accommodation’s two swimming pools. There’s also shared BBQ facilities in the garden if you want a night away from the kitchen.
Sagres Sun Stay – Surf Camp & Hostel
Hostels are a great way to make your budget go a little further and make new friends, and this surf-themed hostel is no exception. You can meet fellow water sports enthusiasts in the hostel’s group windsurf and surf classes, around the intimate pool area or in the terrace bar. There’s a shared kitchen to help you save money and a breakfast available every morning. If you’re travelling as a couple or just prefer your own space, there are twin rooms available.
Embrace the surfer lifestyle in this friendly Sagres hostel. You’ll be able to hire boards and wetsuits, and head to the beach in less than a 15-minute walk. Back at the place, you can chill with other travellers in the hostel’s garden or cook meals in the shared kitchen. The hostel has both shared dorms and double rooms with private bathrooms to cater to your travelling style.
The Lighthouse Hostel
Enjoy the buzzy atmosphere of this budget-friendly hostel, located just 1.2 miles from the nearest beach. The hostel’s spacious grounds are filled with a seasonal swimming pool and an outdoor terrace area where guests get together for happy-hour drinks and BBQs when the weather’s good. If you’re visiting in the cooler months, you can spend time relaxing in the shared lounge which has a fireplace and games. The hostel also offers bike hire, which is perfect for getting around if you’re on a budget.