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Sagres (Vila do Bispo)

The name Sagres, follows from Sagrado (holy) owing to the important local religious practices and rituals that occurred during the pre-history of the nation. From here some of the Mediterranean peoples (including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans), venerated their divinities and which some believed, owing to the absence of a human settlement, was the gathering place for their gods. Christians (Mozarabs) that lived in this zone, during the Muslim occupation, erected the Church of Corvo, where the mortal remains of the saint Vincent were deposited in the 8th century. The presence of martyr's remains lead the Portuguese to refer to the site and the peninsula as the Cape of Saint Vincent.

The area has been intrinsically linked to the nautical school first developed by Prince Henry the Navigator, which was installed in the 15th century. Although born in the provincial city of Porto (1394), he would be connected with his life in the parish, until his death in 1460, being known as the Infante of Sagres. Although there existed a medieval settlement in this area (Terçanabal), all the land was donated on 27 October 1443 to Infante Henry. The prince was associated with the Military Order of Christ, Duke of Viseu, Master of Covilã and a man preoccupied with his signeurial holdings and defense of his faith. Henry obtained his wealth from the lands he held and the fisheries in Algarve, and therefore preoccupied himself with needs of his workers, both materially and spiritually, and therefore invested in the founding of a village (later know as the Vila do Infante) to assist the population. The fortified town was situated on the Ponta de Sagres, a strategic point dominated the coves of Mareta and Beliche. Henry's controlled his material interests from his villa, located on the clifftops, and when he died on 13 November 1460, the Portuguese navigators and other services, had already reached Sierra Leone.

Sagres was created in 1519, through the division of the municipality of Vila do Bispo.

Information taken from Wikipedia.

A Eira do Mel, Sagres


It’s worth driving 10km further north to Vila do Bispo to enjoy the fine foods of chef José Pinheiro at this charming, Michelin -listed restaurant. The meat leans towards the Algarvian; the seafood has a more contemporary touch. Think rabbit in red-wine sauce, octopus cataplana with sweet potatoes (€35 for two people), curried Atlantic wild shrimps (€18) and javali (€17). Mouthwatering stuff.

Closed on Sundays.

For more information visit their web site.

A pretty web site but currently (Oct '13) only available in Portuguese.

Beautylicous Me



Contact Lesley Wall, a fully qualified Anti-Ageing Specialist and Aromatherapist, ITEC Qualified.
Choose 'Beautylicous Me' for Younger Looking Skin.
Contact Lesley on beautylicous@sapo.pt
for treatment options and exclusive products.

Loja Charina



Loja Charina in Praia da Rocha, Algarve, Portugal
Nothing else like this in Rocha
quote taken from Freemaps 2013 edition.
This is a shop that has something for all ages.
Visit their Facebook page.

Natramé



The craft of macramé brought to life by Natália.
She is able to produce quality decorative jewellery macramé pieces and deliver internationally.
Natália also makes and retails natural soaps, based on coconut or clay.
For more information please contact her by email : natrame.crafts

Tasquinha dos Licores



'Licores' by Câtia Mateus.
Tasquinha dos Licores offers a wide range of home-made liqueurs made with the finest fruits and aromatic plants. Most fruits and herbs are harvested in Alentejo and Algarve. Make your perfect match of a flavour with a bottle of your choice.
Her website address is : www.atasquinhadoslicores.pt
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