A unique trail and the wild beaches of the Algarve
The Sagres to Salema Trail is one of the Trails of the Algarve, fabulous and truly mandatory, that leaves Sagres and goes to Salema, one of the last routes of the Fishermen’s Trails of the Rota Vicentina, created in the Natural Park of Southeast Alentejo and Costa Vicentina.
by Filipe PereiraPortuguese Local Guide
Since an early age, Algarve has been a mandatory stop for me at least twice per year. Get to know this region through insider tips, and discover it like a local!
HOW TO GET TO THE SAGRES TRAILTo reach the Sagres Trail to Salema, you have to reach Sagres. The ideal is to stay right in the village and start the Sagres to Salema Trail early in the morning as it is a 20 km trail. As the Sagres Trail to Salema is a linear trail, at the end of the Sagres Trail to Salema, the ideal is to take a taxi again to Sagres. Taking a taxi in Salema or the village of Figueira is not easy to take a taxi driver’s contact with you. If you need a contact from a taxi driver to the end of the Sagres to Salema Trail ask us here for a comment that we gladly email. A taxi between Salema (or Figueira) and Sagres is around 12 € – 10 €.
ROUTE BY THE SAGRES TRAILThe Sagres to Salema Trail is about 20.5 km of pedestrian route, always going up and down, passing through some of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Vicentina to go bathing, as is the case of the beach of Mareta, the beach of Martinhal, Praia da Ingrina, Praia do Zavial or Praia das, Furnas. The Sagres to Salema Trail should be to start early to enjoy every dive on this beautiful Algarve and Vincentian coast. The beach of Mareta is a beautiful beach still in Sagres, magnificent for a first bath in the morning but then it must be continued. The Sagres to Salema Trail heads towards Baleeira, where the fishing port is still very much alive and, in the morning, it is worth visiting the fish auction. It then follows a trail through the urban area of the coast towards the magnificent beach of Martinhal, one of the best beaches in the Algarve and an excellent place to go bathing and enjoy lunch. The Sagres a Salema Trail heads towards the Praia da Ingrina, another good option for lunch since both have good beach bars. The Sagres Trail to Salema goes back up the cliffs towards the beautiful Zavial beach where on the east top of a promontory a cave is a magnificent spot to watch the sun go down the horizon. The Sagres to Salema Trail continues towards the Furnas beach, where a naturalist community lives and there are magnificent spirals created on the beach with stones that represent the experience of meditation, alignment of the Chakras, healing and energetic cleansing. Then the Sagres Trail to Salema goes towards the village and fort of Figueira. We ended up finishing the trail here because we started late, but the idea is to follow the trail to the village of Salema, an hour’s journey.
WHERE TO SLEEP IN SAGRES TO MAKE THE SAGRES TRAILIf you stay in Sagres, you will be in a beautiful Algarve village, quiet and full of atmosphere, and from where it has access to the west coast and the south coast and ideal for making the Sagres to Salema Trail. We stayed there in two different establishments, but both were excellent, and from there we explored the Algarve coast to Lagos. The Sagres Sun Stay – Surf Camp & Hostel is a hostel located on the main access road to Sagres, and at a distance from the center (and the beaches), that can be done on foot. With excellent facilities, it has two separate buildings, one with dorms, and the other with double rooms, as well as a fabulous swimming pool, and gym equipment (outdoors)! We stayed in a double room, very comfortable, with a private bathroom, and with a small balcony overlooking the pool. Spectacular! In addition, we also took advantage of the huge cuisine of Sagres Sun Stay – Surf Camp & Hostel to prepare our meals (when we didn’t have dinner in the excellent restaurants in Sagres). Finally, you can still rent a surfboard at the hostel and experience the waves of Tonel beach. As Cercas Velhas was the second place where we stayed in Sagres. We wanted to try different accommodation, and we chose to stay in one of these delicious houses. Located in the most characteristic neighborhood of Sagres, with narrow alleys and whitewashed houses, very close to Tonel beach, Cercas Velhas is installed in a recovered house, and it consists of several divisions, each as if it were a small house, organized around a central courtyard. We stayed in the “Beliche” house, which had an excellent double bed, private bathroom, fridge, and microwave (and dishwasher stand). Outside, we took advantage of the small table to have our breakfasts. It was an excellent place to relax a little after, for example, we made the walking route between Cabo de São Vicente and Sagres and the Sagres to Salema Trail. There are, however, other excellent accommodations in Sagres. You can choose to:
- cheaper accommodation in Sagres, such as Sagres 30 Seconds to Bars, PuraVida Divehouse, or Orbitur Sagres Campsite;
- more comfortable accommodation in Sagres, Mareta Beach – Boutique Bed & amp; Breakfast, Pousada de Sagres, or Memmo Baleeira – Design Hotels;
- accommodation for families or groups in Sagres, Casa Maré, Casa Biota holiday homes, or Casa Da Anita, and Tonel Apartamentos Turisticos or Sagres Time Apartamentos apartments.