One sail, one windSUP and the simple beauty of Sagres – Franz Orsi gives us a guide to this beautiful corner of the southern Algarve in Portugal and reflects on why windSUP is one of his preferred modes of travel.
THE SAGRES AREA
Located on the southwest tip of Europe, Sagres is one of the few spots on the Portuguese coast where you can still find wild places and remote beaches. Sagres is like no other destination in southern Portugal. It is a region for the adventurous, with empty beaches, amazing landscapes and friendly people. Overlooking some of the Algarve’s most dramatic scenery, the small, elongated town of Sagres has an end-of-the-world feel, with its sea carved cliffs rising high above the ocean and wind whipped fortresses that tie it to Portugal’s rich nautical past. It was from here that the Portuguese started their voyages of discovery of the seven oceans. Even now this place carries an undeniable allure that connects visitors with its glorious past.
WHEN TO GO
When to visit Sagres partly depends on what you’re after, and what sports are you most interested in as it is a year-round destination. The benefit of having a windSUP board in Sagres is you can keep your options open and either go sailing or take advantage of the great paddling spots on offer too. Rainy days are a rarity around Sagres so you can count on warm weather and lots of sun, even when the rest of Europe is freezing. In the summer, from May to August, you will find incredibly reliable north winds, but still plenty of ‘surfable’ beach breaks if you prefer surfing over windsurfing. But be warned, in July and August, you’ll need to make your accommodation reservations early or you’ll be sleeping on the beach! In winter, on the contrary, you will find yourself mostly alone in the water, but with incredible waves!
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Issue 388 - August 2019