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After the heavy rain overnight we woke up to a much better day so we decided to explore the coastline west with an aim of getting to the town of Sagres.

Taking to the narrow coast road we went up and down through the hilly landscape. One hill was 16% another 20%- good job we were in the car and not the coach! We found small little villages such as Salema, old ruined forts with great views and plenty of rocky coves with golden beaches. Our favourite was after a drive down a very narrow lane and then a 20 minute walk through a lovely valley we came to Praia da Figueira sands below the ruins of an old fort. This was a lovely spot and Daisy was able to have some off leash time on this isolated beach. She still didn’t go anywhere near the sea!

Continuing along the road we came across Nossa Senhora de Guadelupe This chapel was built in the 13th century by the Knights Templar and was said to be visited by Henry the Navigator. There was also an exhibition in a nearby building about the life of Henry the Navigator which was fascinating.

Finally we arrived in Sagres the most southwesterly harbour in mainland Europe and headed to the ruin of Henry the Navigator’s Fort on the headland. Very little remains of the fortress but we enjoyed a long walk around the headland which offered superb views along the coast, the very loud whooshing of the waves against the cliffs and the suicidal fishermen dangling lines off the cliffs.

Our final stop just across the bay from Sagres was the exposed Cape St Vincent. This cape was sacred to the Romans who called it Promontorium Sacrem and was a Christian shrine in the 8th century. Today the cape has the most powerful lighthouse in Europe and the highest concentration of marine life in Portugal.



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