|The Curtain Wall at Sagres Point|
|Beyond the Wall|
|From the Cliffs of Sagres Point|
We’ve spent two days and three nights at Sagres, the most south westerly corner of Europe; but not the most south westerly point. Geographically the most south-westerly point is Cape St Vincent just across the bay about a bare mile as the crow flies. It’s a correct if slightly (form a certain perspective) `Unjust’ mapping anomaly. Sagres point is further south, Cape St Vincent is further west by literally a geological nose (maybe just the tip of a nose, because as we’ve learned geology is big ... very very big). No matter, both are breathtaking places, and Cape St Vincent or Cabo de St Vincent is further west (at some point we intent to go to the most western part of Europe which Cabo de Roca, just up the coast closer to Lisbon).
|Me Looking Smug ... no idea why|
|Lea Side of Sagres Point, look at that erosion|
|Sagres Fishing Port|
|Sagres Port Wall Lighthouse and Amanda|
|A Mix of Limestone Pavement and Red Sand|
It’s an odd experience walking beyond the gates, because your expectation is for a city or fort complex, not a huge open space with the odd building dotted here and. In the main the area beyond the wall is exposed Limestone pavement. As a defensive mechanism the limestone pavement would prevent invasion by foot, though I doubt very much, that that is why it’s not been covered (I think that’s a happy accident ... you would not choose to invade Portugal from Sagres Point, though Sir Francis Drake did just that, we will find a link to that escapade and include it here http://www.indrakeswake.co.uk/Education/drakeslife.htm).
|A Wild Orchid (very small)|
|A Little Surfer Bay on the way to Cabo de St Vincent|
We could end there because those are the facts.
However this doesn’t describe the place and its position or unique characteristics from a purely aesthetic perspective. The curtain wall stretches from one side to the other (curtain wall); it’s a portal to a small and special hidden landscape. Within the area of limestone pavement are some plants and flowers that are unique to this area and nowhere else. At least a dozen small birds make it home either all year round or during migration, and some very large birds including, Kites and Buzzards use it as a way point.
|Cliffs on the walk To Cabo de St Vincent|
The beauty of this is made all the more special because it seem to be happening in slow motion. However it only appears to be slow motion because of the volumes and scales involved. The cliffs are sheer and fifty to sixty metres tall average (seventy to eighty at the extreme). The waves (referring to the earlier comment about juggernauts) could be measured in the scale of traffic jams, lorries nose to tail and as high and two abreast a quarter mile along; then being funnelled and squeezed into this less wide and shallower space. In at least three places the peninsula is penetrated from top to sea level. Down in these deep dark holes; the tops of which even the longest long jumper wouldn’t clear, the waters churn and hiss and drum, echoing up, drawing the listener to the insane idea that it would be fun to venture down and see the sea with ones own eyes ... we said it elsewhere but on a smaller scale in Alcossebre in Spain `there be dragons down there’, and they would eat you alive.
|View From Moho of our Campsite|
|Cliff Rock Layers, Sagres Dark Line Beyond|
|Under Cliff is Being Eroded|
|Another Fort that Appears to have a Private Dwelling Built Inside|
|One Day the Sea Will Claim It|
|When the Wind Blows|
|When the Wind Doesn't Blow|
|The tiny Specs are People Fishing From the Cliffs|
|And Without Zoom|
|The Lands of Portugal|
Sagres has wow, taking the blows from the Atlantic, being the frontline where sea meets land and protecting Portugal with its cliffs, slowly being eaten away by the bombardment of waves. You wouldn’t put your heart in such a place, it’s too dangerous. Today we walk to Cabo St Vincent. Tomorrow we go to find the heart and essence of Portugal.
|From the Lighthouse to Sagres Point, You Can About See the Curtain Wall|
|Henry The Navigator|
|Lateen Rigged Caravel|
As an addendum, Cabo de St Vincent is a sight to behold, it has its own museum which is a must for all visitors to this area. It explains Lateen Rigged Caravel’s, additional history of the area, and is an automated working lighthouse, and previously has been a fort in its own right. All the flower pictures were taken on the walk there (which took ten minutes under two hours).