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Portugal Algarve - About Sagres
A 33km west from Lagos you find a small town named Sagres. Sagres is Europe´s most southwesterly community. This is the town where Prince Henry the Navigator set up his famous School of Navigation. Just 6km east of Cabo de São Vicente, the most southwesterly point of the European mainland. It really looks and feels like the end of the earth. There is a large parking area at the Cabo de São Vicente where you can leave your hire car of Sagres car hire. With its towering cliffs plunging 70km to the pounding surf, and its stiff westerly breezes, this is a place that stirs the imagination and works a strong magic over the many visitors who flock here. The scenery is suitable dramatic: solid, bare, windswept bluffs with steps hewn out of them load don to beaches where the tide washes round in great sweeps, while gulls swirl and hover high above.
The Romans, recognising the spiritual pull of the spot, built a temple to the presiding numen (deity). Nothing now remains of this, but there is a lighthouse whose beam can bee seen up to 100 km out to the sea. This lighthouse is open for visitors if the keeper is not otherwise engaged. If you do get to look inside, you will see Europe´s biggest lighthouse lantern, lit by a massive 3000-watt bulb.
Nothing enhances the pristine beauty of Cabo de São Vicente more than watching sea birds playing in the air above the crashing waves, or the sight of the rose-tinted sun sinking slowly into the ocean at dusk. The coastline running north from the lighthouse at Cape St.Vicente is undeveloped and wildly beautiful. Exploring this west coast in a hire car of car hire Sagres will probably be the highlight of your stay and you will understand why so many visitors return year after year…
It faces squarely on to the open ocean, with nothing but the Azores islands between here and the east coast of the United States. The towering cliffs give way in places to stunning beaches, many of them easily reached by your hire car of Sagres car rental.
Algarve´s golf courses are among the best of the world. This region is known as a true golf paradise and widely regarded as the foremost golf holiday destination in Europe. At the last count there were 22 golf complexes, 32 separate courses and over 549 widely differing holes to play along the south coast of the Algarve – and another two complexes and 45 holes within easy driving distance just over the Spanish border.
Golf is an all-year around sport but the remain season is from October to May.
There are lessons from professionals available on all Lagos courses. Unlike in Britain, all of the Algarve´s courses are open for visitors. Most of them require a handicap certificate; all insist on a dress code and proper course etiquette.
A famous golf court in the Sagres área is:
-Parque da Floresta: The setting of this course is in the most western part of the Algarve. The architect of this course has created a fascinating course that presents visually attractive views of the surrounding countryside lined on the horizon by the sea. The fairways roll up and down through hills demanding accurate shots and good placing. The Par-3 fifteenth hole of 159 metres is a golfer's dream.
Parque da Floresta has a large parking area were you can leave your rental car of Sagres car hire.