View of the Martinhal Beach,
on the Algarve
is a town located in the
municipality of Vila do Bispo,
Algarve, Portugal. It has a surface
of 34,28 km² and a population of 1
939 (in 2001). The Sagres Point,
historically connected to the
Portuguese Age of Discovery, is
Prince Henry the Navigator
(1394-1460) lived and died in Sagres.
The Sagres Point (Ponta de Sagres)
from the Latin Promontorium Sacrum
or Holy Promontory), is a windswept
shelf-like promontory located in
southwest Algarve region of southern
Portugal. Only 4 km to the west and
3 km to the north lies Cape St.
Vincent (Portuguese: Cabo de São
Vicente) which is usually taken as
the southwesternmost tip of Europe.
The vicinity of Sagres Point and
Cape St. Vincent has been used for
religious purposes since Neolithic
times, to which standing menhirs
near Vila do Bispo, a few miles from
both points, attest.