Sagres: The End Of The World

Bazen her ne kadar sadece gunes kum deniz uclusunden olusan uzun ve tembel tatil hayalleri kursam da, sira plan yapmaya gelince bunlarin bana yetmeyecegi, araya mutlaka kulturel bir seyler sikistirmam gerektigi hissine kapilip hemen planlarda ufak tefek degisikliklere gidebiliyorum. Ama ne yalan soyleyeyim boylelikle, uzun yuruyuslerden ve ziyaretlerden sonra yapilan bir haftalik plaj molasinin tadi bambaska oluyor. Ozellikle de turistin olabildigince az oldugu, hala bakir denecek kadar az yipranmis, turkuaz bir plaj bulmussam degmeyin keyfime. Iste tam da bu yuzden Portekiz’in en guzel plajlarini barindiran Algrave bolgesindeyiz. Sagres ise bu zamana kadar aradigimiz her seyi buldugumuz Algrave’in en guzel kasabasi. Ayrica Avrupanin da en guney ucu burasi. Anlayacaginiz Afrika’ya hic bu kadar yakin olmamistiniz !

Sometimes, although I dream about long and lazy vacation includes only the 3S; sun, sea, sand, when it comes to the reality, as I can’t spend more than a week on the beach, I always want to sandwich beach and cultural trip. To be honest the best summer vacation is posing your lazy body on the warm sands after long walks and visits in the city. Especially, if I can find a beach with minimum tourist population and extremely virgin, nothing else could make me happier. So, that’s why we’re here in Sagres, a little town in Algarve region. It has everything I’m looking for. Also, it’s the most south-westernmost point in all of continental Europe and is another great place to check out the views. You’ve never felt so close to Africa ! 

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(View from the top of  the Praia do Beliche) 

Gunes, birkac pamugumsu bulutla suslenmis safiri andiran gokyuzunden ciglik cigliga bagiriyor. Atlantik okyanusu beni cagiriyor, tum sogukluguna ragmen evet diyorum. Plajda hic bir kirlilik belirtisi yok. Ne teneke mesrubat kutulari ne plastik torbalar… Hediyelik esya saticilarindan, kartpostal standlarindan, jet-skilerden veya binbir türlü plaj eglencelerinden eser yok. Sadece kendi halinde birkac lokal ve onlarin icine karismis turistler. Herkes doganin kurallarina saygiyla boyun egmis, onun bir parcasi olmak icin cabaliyor burada. Ben de plajda kendime bir kose buluyorum. Sanki yuzyillarca burada benden baska kimse yokmus, yasamamis gibi denizin ritmiyle birlikte  dusuncelerimin de yavasladigini hissediyorum.

The sun shouts down from a sapphire sky dressed with some tiny cottony clouds. The Atlantic is calling me and despite of its coldness, I accept this classy invitation. There is no pollution marks on the beach, nor weedy sewage outfalls. Neither empty beer cans nor plastic bags around. No sellers of souvenirs, no racks of postcards, no loudspeakers, no deckchairs for rent, no jet-skis to annoy me, no windsurfing lessons not to take. Everybody respectfully lay to heart to mother nature and try to be part of her. I find a corner just for me, as if there is no one but me, alone with my thoughts, which have slowed down with the rhythm of the sea.

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Praia da Mareta merkeze en yakin plaj oldugu icin biraz kalabalik olabilir demislerdi bize fakat biz oldukca yogun bir saatte gitmemize ragmen doluluk orani yukarida gormus oldugunuz gibiydi. Sanirim simdi ne demek istedigimi anladiniz 🙂 Eger tum gunu benim gibi plajda tembellikle gecirecekseniz midenizi de dusunmelisiniz tabi ki. Isterseniz yiyeceginizi kendiniz goturup piknik yapabilir isterseniz de plajin etrafindaki restaurantlarda karninizi doyurabilirsiniz.

Praia da Mareta is the closest beach to the town and therefore we heard that it tends to be busier than the other beaches in Sagres. But as you see above, even though it was the busy hour, this was the population on the beach. Now, did you understand what I mean ? If you plan to spend all day at the beach, there are couple of restaurants around the beach. Otherwise you can picnic on the beach which is something I love ! 

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Praia do Beliche mukemmel bir koyun ortasinda kalan, devasa falezlerin cevreledigi, altin kumlarin magaralarla susledigi bir cennet adeta. Algrave’i ziyaret eden fakat Sagres’in gizli kalmis guzelliklerini henuz kesfetmemis olanlara sesleniyorum, Praia do Beliche ve Praia da Mareta dinlenip kendinizi bulacaginiz ve Algrave’in gercek guzelligini kesfedeceginiz ender yerlerden bir tanesi. Sagres’in ve plajlarinin dokunulmamis karakterine hayran kalacaksiniz. Plaja merkezden yuruyerek gitmeniz bir hayli zor mutlaka bir tasita ihtiyac duyacaksiniz. Fakat merak etmeyin sehir merkezinden araba veya scooter kiralayabilirsiniz ayrica taksi seceneginiz de mevcut. Falezlere vardiginizda her sey bimis degil; sizleri bekleyen oldukca dik 160 basamak var. Guzel olana ulasmak her zaman oldugu gibi kolay degil. Ayrica ulasim zorlugu sayesinde bolgenin en sessiz plajlari arasinda bir numaranin sahibi oluyor. Plaja inerken sol tarafinizda kalan ana bari goreceksiniz. Olabildigi kadar genis olan plajin en ucu aslinda bana gore  dogal manzara acisindan en guzel yeri, nudistler tarafindan en cok tercih edilen yer biz de onlarin arasina karisiverdik.

Praia do Beliche is a magnificent bay where the seaside is blessed with windswept dunes, powdery sands, and natural grottoes. As many visitors to the Algarve don’t yet seem to have discovered Sagres, Praia do Beliche and Praia da Mareta are two fantastic places to retreat to, to relax, to appreciate real Algarve beauty. You gonna admire one more time its untouched character. Reaching there from the centre is quite difficult. You are going to need a vehicle. But easily you can rent a scooter or a car inside the town if not don’t worry you’ll always have a taxi. The beach lies at the bottom of a dramatic cliff and when you arrive there it’s too early to celebrate your victory; 160 very steep steps are waiting for you. Reaching the beautiful one, it’s not so easy as usual. But the difficult access makes it the most quiet of Sagres. On the left hand side of the beach by the entrance steps there is a basic bar. The area of the beach further away from the accessing point is quite secluded and it is a common place for nudism. 

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Zavial Beach  altin sarisi kumlari, kirmiziya boynamis falezleri ve her yastan surf yapan insanlar sayesinde canli bir atmosfere sahipken ayni zamanda semsiyeleri ucuracak kadar kuvvetli bir ruzgar gucune de sahip. Her ne kadar sakin bir plaj gunu icin ideal bir yer olmasa da, surf tutkunlari mutlaka ugramasi gereken plajlardan bir tanesi. Sagres’in dogusunda yaklasik 20 km mesafede olan Zavial’a ulasim her zaman ki gibi kendi aracinizla. Acikan yorgun surfculer icin ise bir de restorant mevcut.

Zavial Beach ,located in Vila do Bispo, almost 20 km east of Sagres, stands at the mouth of a river and has large areas of generous sand. The red hues of the cliffs that are so characteristic of the Algarve and surfers from every age give this beach a warm and lively feel. The wind here is strong enough to fly your umbrellas. Because of that Zavial may not be a right place for a calm and silent beach day, but on the other hand it has an amazing natural facilities for surfers. There is no public transportation to reach there. You should go there with your own vehicle. But there is a little restaurant for the starving surfers. 

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Sagres ayni zamanda Portekiz’in en iyi bira markasi.

Sagres is also the name of the best beer in Portugal. 

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Plajlardan sonraki rotamiz Sagres’e sadece bir kac kilometre uzakliktaki Cape St. Vincent. Avrupa’nin en guney-bati noktasi ve  Akdeniz turuna katılan gemiler için önemli bir noktadır. Manzaranin keyfini cikartmak icin buradaki harikalardan sadece bir tanesi. Dunyanin sonunda oldugunuzu gercekten hissediyorsunuz. Burnun zirvesinden, deniz fenerinin bulundugu noktadan Avrupa’nin en meshur ve en buyuleyici gun batimina tanik olabilirsiniz. Eger yukariya baktiginizda acik bir gokyuzu goruyorsaniz, okyanusun tam ortasinda batan kocaman gunesle araniza baska hic bir sey giremez.

Only a few kilometers away from Sagres, lies Cape St. Vincent, our next destination. It’s the most south-westernmost point in all of continental Europe and is another great place to check out the views. Yes, you’re at the end of the world. This is where the great sailors who travel to Mediterranean start their journey. From the tip of the Cape, where there is a lighthouse, you can see one of the most amazing and famous sunsets in Europe. If the day is clear there is nothing between you and the Sun sinking into the middle of the Ocean. 

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Nasil gidilir?

Sagres’e otobusle ulasim Lizbon’dan cok kolay ve oldukca konforlu. Yaz sezonunda (1 Temmuz-15 Eylul) otobusler  Rede Expressos tarafindan isletiliyor. Araclar ise yeni ve wifi baglantili. LISBON SETE RIOS terminalinden baslayan yolculugunuz yaklasik olarak 5 saat suruyor. Tek kisilik tek yon bilet fiyati ise €36. Biz Sagres’in merkezinde kalmayip ufak bir macerayi tercih ettigimiz icin, vardigimizda ayni duraktan bindigimiz lokal otobusle Sagres’e yaklasik 15 km lik mesafedeki Vila do Bispo adli koye dogru tekrar yola ciktik.

Lizbon-Sagres otobus biletleri icin tik tik !

Sagres-Vila do Bispo hareket ve varis saatleri cetveli icin tik tik !

How to go ?

Accessing from Lisbon to Sagres by bus is quite easy and comfortable. During the summer season (1st July until 15th September) the bus is operated by Rede Expressos. The busses are new and they have wifi on board. This is a daily direct bus service that departs from LISBON SETE RIOS bus station and it takes around 5 hours. The price of a single ticket costs €36. As we decided to make our trip more adventurous by not staying in the centre of Sagres, after our arrival from the same bus stop we took another bus to a little village called Vila do Bispo 15 km far from Sagres. 

To buy tickets from Lisbon to Sagres click !

To check the time tables from Sagres to Vila do Bispo click ! 

Nerede kalinir?

Eger luks mekan arayisindaysaniz Sagres’in bu beklentilerinizi pek karsilamayagini soylemek isterim. Sagres kendi halinde salas bir surf kasabasi e mekanlarda haliyle tarzina yakisir bir sekilde. Bundan hic sikayetimiz yok bu yuzden Vila do Bispo’da bulunan partilerin hic bitmedigi Good Feelings Hostel‘de rezervasyonumuzu yaptiriyoruz. Cok ama cok ta memnun kaliyoruz.

Where to stay?  

If you’re looking for a luxury places, probably Sagres doesn’t have what are you looking for. Here is a little, shed-like surfer town so, all the hotels, hostels or guesthouses are befit with its style. We’re so delighted in this situation as we were not looking for a 5 star hotel in Sagres. In this way we’re  making a reservation to Good Feelings Hostel where the parties never end. 

 

One thought on “Sagres: The End Of The World

  1. Notlarimi alacaktim onlari aldim bu ziyaretle.. Lizbon icin yeni bir ziyaret ve sonrasinda Algrave tarafini gezmeyi basindan beri cok istiyorum zaten.. Fransiz bir firmamin satis muduru Sarges’li ve o da cok cok guzel anlatiyor 🙂 Bu yaz olmaz, seneye de Italyan kolejli oglusa kesin Italya agirlikli bir program yapmam lazim ama yine de bir firsat yaratiriz belki kimbilir ? 😉 mucks Ezgi guzelim.. x

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