Fortaleza de Sagres (Sagres Fortress), situated in Sagres, Vila do Bispo, Faro District Algarve, Portugal
The Fortaleza de Sagres, also referred to as Castle or Fortress of Sagres Sagres is located in a
dominant position crowning the Ponta de Sagres, in the southwest of the Algarve in Portugal.
From its rugged cliffs, constantly beaten by wind, the visitor enjoys a breathtaking panoramic views along the coast, especially in the coves Sagres, Cape St. Vincent (extreme southwest of Europe) and the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. The fort itself and its surroundings, built in the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo (Vila Nova de Milfontes - Beja Disctrit) and Costa Vicentina (Sagres, Aljezur, Carrapateira), offer the possibility of a close look at the natural heritage of the coast, especially with regard to flora and home to some of the most representative species of the region (as alquitura-of-Algarve, the pampilho-sea, the zimbreiro, the Vincentian Polio, the grass-divine, esparto, the daffodil-the-sand, a salting, the willow, the wild leeks, the mauve and the Perrexil-sea).
Sagres Fortress (Fortaleza de Sagres), which still maintains its proud arrogance, was built by Prince
Infante Dom Henrique, after he decide to live in Lagos, for defensive and Navy School purposes. Its origin dates back because, in the fifteenth century, although it has undergone several changes since then. Inside, and probably the same century, there's a giant pink-of-winds (Rosa dos Ventos), with more than 40 meters in diameter, designed with stones on the ground.
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