Calm on the coast
Set in the south-west corner of the Algarve, Sagres was once believed to be the most westerly part of the world. These days, still virtually untouched by tourism, this laid-back resort is an oasis of tranquillity in the buzzing Algarve.
The ruggedly beautiful landscape is dotted with beaches that are a hit with surfers, and walking and cycling are favourite ways to soak up the sights. The Cabo de São Vincente headland forms the peak of Sagres' sea cliffs, and is home to one of the brightest lighthouses on the coast. The little marina is a famous spot for lobster fishing, and you can sample the catch in the handful of traditional local restaurants.
For more nightlife and shopping, head into nearby Lagos, just 20 minutes' drive away.
Flights from the UK to the Algarve take around 2 hours 40 minutes.
Transfer time from Faro airport to Sagres is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Summers in the Algarve get pretty scorching, so beach-goers can expect the mercury to top 30°C in July and August. The shoulder months of April, May and October stay at a pleasantly toasty low 20s, and even in winter, things rarely drop below 15°C – ideal for year-round golfers.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal.
A service charge won’t typically be added to your restaurant bill in the Algarve, so it’s common to leave a tip of around 10% of the bill. The same goes for taxi drivers – aim for 10% or round up your fare to the nearest euro. Tipping is not expected for bar staff, hotel porters or maids, although a euro or two would be appreciated for excellent service.
The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.