At the far south-westerly tip of mainland Europe is Sagres. A wonderfully remote area of Portugal filled with rugged landscapes, stunning beaches, and a laid-back little fishing village turned tourist town. It attracts far fewer crowds than the more popular tourist areas of the Algarve and is a fantastic choice for a tranquil vacation spot.
The windswept coastlines, cliff-backed beaches, and dramatic headlands make this an area that attracts nature lovers and hikers. The shape of the coastline means that surfers can always find some swell, and the Sagres Fort, Cape St Vincent Lighthouse, and fishing harbor will appeal to history buffs and sightseers.
But where to stay in Sagres to make the most of this beautiful, scenic area? We’ve put together our favorite picks for accommodation, ranging from 5-star resorts to hostels to holiday homes. Read on to find the perfect place for your Sagres vacation.
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Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel
There aren’t many 5-star accommodations in the remote region of Sagres. In fact, this is the only one, but luckily Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel is a good one! Set in lush grounds overlooking Martinhal beach, the views from everywhere in this resort are stunning. Accommodation is in elegantly appointed rooms or private villas with balconies and terraces.
As the name suggests, this is a family resort, and children of all ages are well catered for. There are kids clubs, childcare and babysitting services, playgrounds, and tons of activities for them to enjoy.
Adults can relax in a choice of 3 restaurants and 4 bars. They can play tennis, visit the spa, hammam, and fitness center, take yoga classes, or while away the days beside the choice of three swimming pools.
Martinhal beach, with its family-friendly golden sand and shallow sea bed, is only 150m away. It has a range of watersports on offer for those who want to be more active. Sagres town is 3km away, for which the hotel can arrange a shuttle service.
Address: Urbanização Quinta Do Martinhal, 8650-908 Sagres, Portugal
Best For: families wanting kids clubs and entertainment in a 5-star setting
Pousada de Sagres
Although Sagres might be lacking in 5-star accommodations, there is no shortage of quality 4-star options. The Pousada de Sagres is one of our favorites for several reasons, but the beautiful building and stunning views are definitely top of the list.
The lovely building was built in the 1960s but has a historic feel thanks to its arched walkways reminiscent of convent cloisters. Perched on a cliff, it overlooks Cape St. Vincent, which until the 13th century was thought to be the very end of the world. If you take a trip out to the rugged headland, you’ll understand why. You can also look out over Sagres Fort and down onto Mareta beach, one of the longest and most beautiful in Sagres. Only 0.5 km from the hotel.
Within the hotel, you have a bar and restaurant specializing in local seafood and Portuguese cuisine, and you can choose whether to dine indoors or out on the elegant terrace enjoying the view. Guests can play tennis, enjoy the spa, relax in the extensive grounds or by the pool, or perhaps try their hand at diving, surfing, windsurfing, or fishing, all of which can be organized by the front desk.
Address: Sagres, 8650-385 Sagres, Portugal
Best For: end of the world views and 4-star beachside accommodation
Sagres Sun Stay – Surf Camp & Hostel
This is an excellent accommodation choice that suits small budgets but still has big facilities. Fun, bright, friendly, and cheerful, the Sagres Sun Stay has accommodation in twin rooms, family rooms, or dorms. The dorms range from 6 to 12 beds giving you a range of budget prices, and all the beds have privacy curtains to provide you with a little of your own space.
Breakfast is offered onsite, and there’s a communal kitchen allowing you to self-cater your other meals. There’s a cocktail bar in the hostel and other cafes, bars, and restaurants are only a short walk away. A dedicated co-working space with high-speed internet is available for remote workers, while an outdoor gym helps you keep those surf muscles in shape. An eco-ethos is visible in the solar panels and saltwater swimming pool, while the funky decor reassures guests that they don’t take life too seriously.
Guests can book accommodation only or go for a package including surf, windsurf, or yoga lessons. A choice of beaches are within a 1.5km walk, and the hub of little Sagres town is 10 minutes away.
Address: Sitio do Poço Sitio do Poço, 8650-375 Sagres, Portugal
Best For: budget backpackers, digital nomads, surfers, and yogis
The Lighthouse Hostel
The Lighthouse Hostel offers accommodation in double rooms, dorms, or private bungalows. There’s a communal kitchen, BBQ facilities, and an onsite bar. The sprawling grounds include a freeform pool with comfortable sun loungers, games areas, hammocks, and picnic terraces.
Organized bbq nights and parties add to the sociable atmosphere of this hostel, and the many communal areas offer plenty of places to chill out and get to know your fellow travelers.
Guests can rent surfboards, wetsuits, and bikes from the hostel, and yoga lessons are offered on the hostel’s roof terrace. There are restaurants and cafes just steps from the hostel, and a 20-minute walk will take you to the coastline, where you’ll find more shops and restaurants, the picturesque Sagres fishing port, and a choice of beaches and surf spots.
Address: Rua do Poente S/N, 8650-378 Sagres, Portugal
Best For: Anyone with a laid back attitude who wants to meet like-minded travelers
Memmo Baleeira – Design Hotels
Another hotel with a gem of a location and views to die for is the Memmo Baleeira. This one is located atop a hill overlooking Baleeira beach, a small but pretty beach beside Sagres’s picturesque fishing harbor. It’s just a short walk past there to the larger beach of Martinhal. Or walk a few minutes in the other direction and find yourself in the heart of Sagres town.
Within this 4-star hotel, you’ll find a mixture of refinement and family-friendly features. The elegant and spacious rooms come in family size, and there’s a kids club, activities, and childcare services available. For adults, There’s a spa dedicated to pleasure and relaxation, with a Turkish bath, sauna, and heated indoor pool.
The outdoor pool and sundeck offer views over the Sagres coastline. Stay out there after the sun goes down, and sip signature cocktails beside the fire pit. For dinner, visit the Fornaria restaurant, which produces all manner of culinary delights from within its wood-fired ovens.
Address: Sítio da Baleeira, 8650-357 Sagres, Portugal
Best For: A family-friendly spot that’s still extremely elegant
Beach Front Apartment
If you really want to get away from it all, consider renting the Beach Front Apartment for some self-contained solitude. The apartment is a small cluster of buildings located along the coast from Sagres above one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, Beliche Beach.
There is little to no development for miles around, and visitors can hike, cycle or drive out to the beautiful headland of Cape St Vincent and explore the Beliche fortress and the surrounding area. And if the solitude gets to be too much, Sagres town and some more populated beaches are only a short drive away. We would recommend hiring a car to make the most of staying in this area.
The recently renovated 2 bedroom apartment is self-contained and self-catering, it can sleep up to 6. There’s an outdoor dining area, sun terrace and bbq facilities, and a larger communal sun deck for the building. If you don’t fancy cooking for yourself, there is also a restaurant within the building complex for dine-in or takeaway.
Address: Aldeamento São Vicente R/C N, 8650-355 Sagres, Portugal
Best For: self-catered accommodation near the beach but away from the town
Casa Cabrita – Surf & Family House
For a holiday home a little closer to the action, consider Casa Cabrita, located within Sagres town, close to bars, shops, restaurants, and only 700 m from Baleeira Beach. Both Martinhal and Mareta beaches are also less than a km away.
The beautifully decorated 2 story, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathroom townhouse sleeps 5 and is bright, comfortable, and colorful. Unlike some hotels and holiday rentals that can feel sterile and impersonal, this one feels more like staying at a friend’s house.
The house comes with everything you’ll need for your stay, including an outdoor dining area, balconies, sun terrace, and even private parking. In addition, there is a communal outdoor swimming pool and a small play park for children not far away.
Address: Rua dos Pescadores 3, Sagres, 8650-379 Sagres, Portugal
Best For: a cheerful holiday home away from home.
Mareta View – Boutique Bed & Breakfast
Yet another 4-star location with beautiful views, the Mareta View hotel looks out – as the name might suggest – over Mareta beach. One of the longest and most popular beaches in Sagres, it’s a busy spot for sunbathing and watersports, including surfing, snorkeling, and banana boat rides. The hotel is only 150m from the beach, but if you fancy a change, just walk 450m the other way to Tonal, a beach known for its dramatic cliffs, great surfing, and friendly beach bar.
The Mareta View has a modern, bright design, and there are quirky furniture touches such as hanging chairs and silky, patchwork sofas. The breakfast is customizable, and 24-hour room service is also available. There is a bar on-site, an Italian-style pizzeria, and a coffee shop.
An outdoor jacuzzi is tucked into the sculpted garden, and several sun terraces are dotted around. If guests want to explore the local area, free bikes can be taken from the hotel, or car rental can be organized.
Best For: a stylish boutique hotel with beautiful views and gardens
Casa Azul Sagres – Rooms & Apartments
Casa Azul aparthotel offers the best of both worlds. You can book a hotel room or a self-catered apartment and still enjoy the service and facilities of a 3-star hotel. There is a whole range of options on offer, from studio to two-bedroom apartments or double rooms with balconies to family rooms managing to sleep 5 people. All rooms and apartments are comfortable and cheerfully decorated with fun touches like hanging chairs and beachy artwork. Some rooms have sea views and look out over Cape St Vincent.
The apartments come with kitchens for self-catering. For the hotel rooms, breakfast is provided and can be delivered to your room to be enjoyed on your balcony.
Other restaurants, including several specializing in locally caught seafood, are located nearby, as Casa Azul is near the heart of Sagres town with all its facilities. It’s also only a 5minute walk from three different beaches and the picturesque fishing boat harbor.
Address: Rua D.Sebastiao, 8650-381 Sagres, Portugal
Best For: rooms and apartments in walking distance of all the beaches and the town