Landscape of the Costa Vicentina
Image gallery of the landscape of the unspoilt western coast of the Algarve, "Costa Vicentina", between Sagres and Odeceixe
Sagres and Ponta de Sagres
Aerial view to Sagres. In the foregound you can see the fortress, located on the Ponta de Sagres.
Sagres: Praia do Martinhal
View from the beach of Martinhal east of Sagres towards the harbour and the village. In the background you see the Pousada (middle) and the fortress (left).
Sagres: Fishing Port
View to the fishing port located on the east side of the town, where the fishing boats enter the harbour every afternoon from Monday to Friday with their daily catch. Fishmongers from near and far come here to purchase fresh fish and seafood by auction.
Sagres Praia do Tonel
View from the Fortaleza de Sagres (Sagres Fortress) to the Praia do Tonel, espacially popular among surfers.
The Fortaleza de Sagres (Fortress of Sagres), located south-west of Sagres on a small headland with a length of about 1 km and steep cliffs, is a monument of national importance.
Sagres Fortress: Compass Rose
After passing through the mighty tunnel entrance, one sees a giant pebble circle , detected only in 1921, of unknown age and purpose. The circle with a diameter of 43m is interpreted as a compass rose (Rosa dos Ventos).
Cape St.Vincent: Lighthouse
The impressive lighthouse of Cabo de São Vicente provides a guiding beam to ships passing the cape, one of the most frequented seaways in the world.
Cabo Sv 7
At Cabo de São Vicente the cliffs fall almost vertically for more than 75 m and are exposed to the blustery westerly winds and the tumultuous Atlantic Ocean. It is easy to imagine why the Ancients believed this to be the end of the world.
Cabo de São Vicente
View from the Cabo de São Vicente to the west along the coast "Costa Vicentina". The cliffs of this part of the coast are much steeper, and the surf of the Atlantic Ocean is significantly rougher than on the Algarve's south coast.
Vila do Bispo
View to the village from southern direction on the road from Sagres. In the background you see a row of wind turbines, benefitting from the strong winds in this area.
Monte dos Amantes near Vila do Bispo
Footprints of early human beings can be found at various places in the Algarve. One of the best documented examples is the menhir garden "Montes dos Amantes" near Vila do Bispo. The so called "roteiro megalitico" leads from one menhir to the next.
Vila do Bispo: Roteiro Megalitico
The menhirs are of Neolithic origin and date to around 5000 B.C. It is known that they were "imported" into their current positions as they are of a Carboniferous Limestone, as opposed to the Jurassic Limestone that outcrops on the hills underfoot.
Costa Vicentina: Aljezur
Aljezur is a small market town with two parts divided by a fertile river valley and the north-western district of the Algarve adjacent to the Alentejo.
Costa Vicentina: Torre de Aspa
View from the Torre de Aspa to northern direction towards the Costa Vicentina with the beaches Praia da Cordoama and Praia do Castelejo. The Torre de Aspa (156 m) west of Vila do Bispo is the highest elevation of the Costa Vicentina, the almost untouched western coast of the Algarve. The way from Vila do Bispo through the heath is not easy to find, but the great views will compensate you for your efforts.
Costa Vicentina: Praia do Castelejo
The long sandy beach is located near Vila do Bispo. It invites not only for swimming, but also to detect the beauty of the unique landscape of the Costa Vicentina by foot.
Costa Vicentina: Praia da Arrifana
The beach of Arrifana near Aljezur is very popular among surfers and body boarders, especially outside the summer season, when the sea gets rougher.