The highway ends and the seaside landscape becomes more barren, emptier. We are literally driving towards the end of the world. Let me rephrase, the end of Europe as in the most southwestern point.
The typical Algarvean surroundings are marked with little, white villages – white church tower included – and pottery factories with colorful plates pasted on the outside walls.
Approaching the village of Sagres we are welcomed by Martinhal signs and clear directions. Which we don’t follow yet, our first destination is Cabo Sao Vicente cape.
Sagres, Fort, Cape and wind.
This is the point where the heroes of the Age of Discovery said there goodbyes to the world as they knew it before sailing of into the unknown.
We’re lucky, the wind is more a moderate breeze as opposed to raging which is usually the case. Huge waves pounding the massive cliffs, this is where the Atlantic Ocean shows her most powerful side.
This part of Algarve shows nature’s raw beauty. Me like. As do experienced surfers, walking around casually with their boards..
First drive all the way to the far (dead) end, Cabo Sao Vicente with the red lighthouse and dramatic, panoramic views. Hello, USA.
Driving back take a quick stop at Forte de Beliche before heading to Fortaleza de Sagres, a massive fort with only one thick built wall. The other three sides are protected by the huge cliffs, impossible to enter from the seaside.
Safe the fishing harbour of Sagres for one of the other days. Say catch of the day lunch.
Martinhal Sagres, a multi generation hotel
Or should I say Martinhal Hotel Mothership? This is where it all started, some 7 years ago. In the midst of a huge nature reserve.
Martinhal Sagres is a 5 * beach side village consisting of a seaside hotel, beach houses, townhouses and luxury villas. All designed to the specific requirements of a family hotel where both parents and kids feel at home in style.
This is where the grandparents might stay in a beach hotel room – we did – while their children and families the opt for a Garden House with large pool closer to the Kids Club square. To join surf lessons or other activities on the beach together.
Downtown Martinhal Village
What’s a village without a main square where things happen? The Village Square is the entertainment hub for both parents, kids and teens. When they’re not surfing the waves at the watersports center or busy with one of the daily activities offered.
The Square is home to the Raposinhos Creche, Kids Clubs, M Bar, Gelataria, Restaurant Os Gambozinos (for pasta and pizza), the gym and the Village Square pool area with sauna and steam. This is also the location for the signature Martinhal Van to play in.
For shopping you’ll find the Mercado Deli & Bake for any food fix, next to the Biondi Boutique. This London designer swim and beach wear company is all you need to spend the holidays in style on your beach lounger.
Where to eat at Martinhal Sagres?
Yes, this is a legit question since there is more than one option to wine and dine on the premises. Upon arrival, windy cape walks make hungry, we enjoyed a seaside lunch in As Dunas. Renowed for a wide selection of local fresh fish and seafood.
O Terraco is located on the top floor of the main (hotel) building, a more London style restaurant with white linen, taupe Eames chairs (and stylish black children’s seats) and numerous glass-water-drops ceiling lights. Before entering the stairs there’s a kids corner with dedicated staff in case the younger ones get bored with watching the sun sink in the sea.
Both restaurants have extended vegetarian options and prefer farm or sea to plate local produce. Pears from Rocha, oranges from Silves and honey from Sagres, to name a few.
In the morning O Terraco becomes the buffet breakfast room.
Another Finisterra Spa experience
The historic town of Sagres also provides the theme for the Finisterra Spa, meaning end of the earth in latin. The key role of Sagres in the discovery of the New World reflects in the Spa Menu. The traditions of different cultures bring together ancient and contemporary techniques with use of aromatic oils, ointments, spices and exotic herbs. Like in the room amenities in all the hotels and the spa in Cascais, Voya from Ireland provides organic seaweed based skincare.
Positioned in its own grounds and building at the centre of the resort, the spa offers both young and adult guests an escape into a world of relaxation and pampering.
I like to sit in the steam room before treatment, there also is a sauna and jacuzzi. After the treatment one can either sip herbal tea inside or outside in the secluded garden area with sun beds.
Martinhal Hotels are the ultimate destination to escape hectic, working (city) life and offers every family member the utmost choices for fun and relaxation in a stylish environment. Fly to Lisbon, enjoy the city before heading to Cascais and finish with a beach holiday at Martinhal Sagres before flying back from Faro. For that touch of California in Portugal.
Martinhal road trip
first stop : Chiado Lisbon second stop: Cascais final stop : Sagres
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