What it’s Like to Live in Sagres… Should You Move Here?

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Sagres is a small town on the western tip of the Western Algarve. It’s popular with surfers and so attracts a younger crowd as well as daytrippers who come to visit the nearby fortress and lighthouse. With a market, supermarket, and plenty of restaurants, it could make a good base for those that want to live on the Algarve’s West Coast.

Sagres is famous for its connection to the Portuguese explorers. It is believed that Henry the Navigator, one of the most important figures in the Age of Discoveries, may have had a navigation school here and the area certainly gives off the feeling that you’re at the very end of the world.

There isn’t a lot to see and do in Sagres, and most of the focus is on the year-round surfing industry. Everywhere you look there are surf shops, surf schools, surf accommodation, and just about anything else that you can think of related to surfing. Of course, Sagres is just one of many surf towns in this part of the Algarve. Arrifana, 50 km north of Sagres, is another surfing and backpacking hotspot. Burgau, 23 km, is a small village with a beautiful beach, and the larger resort town of Praia da Luz is roughly 23 km from Sagres as well. Aljezur is another possibility again, and a popular base for those exploring this part of the Algarve.

The area is also popular with bird watchers and walkers. Sagres is a stop on both the Rota Vincentina and the Algarve Way walks.

While the town of Sagres isn’t particularly visually appealing, it is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. There are also several attractions within driving distance, including the lighthouse at Cabo de São Vicente and the Fortaleza do Beliche fortress. If you’re a surfer, walker, or birdwatcher, and you want a base from which to explore the West Coast, Sagres could be a great consideration.

Photos of Sagres

Pros & Cons of living here

Pros

  • Easy access to the West Coast (one of the most beautiful parts of the Algarve)
  • Good range of international food, including plenty of Italian and Indian restaurants

Cons

  • Limited public transport (a car is necessary)
  • Very surfer-focused (a con if you don’t surf)
  • There are more beautiful towns on the Algarve, including several small villages nearby
  • Can get quite windy

Supermarkets & Shopping

As well as the local market, Mercado 25 de Abril, Sagres also has a medium-sized Intermarché supermarket on the N268, as well as a Spar and a few smaller grocery markets.

If you have a car, you’ll find more supermarkets (like Lidl, Continente, Aldi, and Pingo Doce) in Lagos, which is around 30 minutes away.

Hospitals & Healthcare

Sagres has a local centro de saúde and, of course, several pharmacies. To visit a larger hospital, especially for A&E, you’ll near to go to further afield. The largest public hospital in the area is Hospital de Portimão, roughly 45 minutes away. There’s a smaller hospital in Lagos, Hospital Distrital de Lagos, which is around 34 minutes away.

There is a private hospital in Lagos, Hospital São Gonçalo de Lagos, which is part of the HPA Health Group.

Transportation

As with most parts of the Algarve, public transport is limited and it’s recommended that you have a car.

Sagres doesn’t have a train station: the trainline finishes in Lagos, which is around 35 minutes by car from Sagres. If you want to take the train, you’ll need to either take a taxi or local bus to Lagos.

It does, however, have bus services – both local buses and long distance coaches. Local bus tickets and timetables can be found on eva-bus.com. Long distance coaches (e.g. to Lisbon) can be booked on Rede Expressos.

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Article originally published on 15 September, 2020 / Last Updated: October 20, 2021

2 thoughts on “What it’s Like to Live in Sagres… Should You Move Here?”

  1. Visited there in 2017 and loved it. Most of the reviews of this town underrate it in my opinion. At the end of each day hundreds of people park their cars by the sea and cliffs at Cape Saint Vincent to watch the gorgeous sunset – it’s quite an experience for North Americans considering we are usually sitting in traffic during that time coming home from work. They are living right in Sagres! The only drawback was the wind – it gets very windy there. We visited many areas of Portugal starting with Lisbon and working our way down and our best restaurant experience by far was in Sagres at Adega dos Arcos which is a locals place that was kind of hard to find. We found one restaurant/bar on the beach near our hotel and got wine and beer for less than $10 – ON THE BEACH! In the USA that’s not happening on any beach. Next time we go to the Algarve we will definitely go back to Sagres for a visit.

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