Fortress of Sagres and Museum of Portuguese Discoveriess

Discover what the fortress of Sagres and the Museum of Portuguese Discoveries look like during your stay in this charming village of the Algarve.

Fortress of Sagres, Algarve
Fortress of Sagres
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The Fortress of Sagres is an imposing fortress built in the 15th century by a man-made extension of natural rock used to defend Sagres from the permanent harassment of pirates.

This fortress was for several centuries the main point in this coastal defense system.


Fortress of Sagres, Vila do Bispo
Fortress of Sagres, Vila do Bispo 
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Rosa dos Ventos, Fortaleza de Sagres
Rosa dos Ventos, Fortaleza de Sagres 
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Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça, Fortaleza de Sagres
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça Church
© Celestino Manuel

Currently, this fortress is considered a devotion place in all Portugal. The investment in navigation techniques, strategically promoted by D. Henrique in Sagres, inspired the best pilots, geographers, and astronomers of the time, teaching Fernão Magalhães, Vasco da Gama, and Christopher Columbus among many other.

Within its walls is the Igreja da Nossa Senhora de Graça Church (16th century), housing a baroque carving of São Vicente protecting a vessel, a cistern-tower, and a large 43-metres-in-diameter wind rose.

In its interior you will find the Museum of Portuguese Discoveries, an interactive museum focused on the Portuguese discoveries.

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Fortaleza de Sagres, Sagres, Algarve.

Ticket Price:

Adults: 3€.
Children: 1,5€.

Opening Hours:

From May to September from 9:30 to 20:00.

From October to April from 9:30 to 17:30.


(+351) 282 620 140.

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