Portugal - Exploring the Algarve - In the Steps of the Explorers - Fortaleza de Sagres and Cabo Sao Vincente

We made it to the end of the world...at least that's what it was called in Vasco de Gama's day.  When the explorers set off from the southwest coast of Portugal during the Age of Discovery, they didn't know what lay on the other side of the ocean (if anything at all!).  We drove all the way to Sagres to pay homage to the bravery of those that explored and charted the world beyond their own borders.  The views from Cabo de São Vicente were stunning.
We had a picnic lunch along the rocky cliffs.
We made sure to stay well away from the edge.  Apparently there were others that visited (from Scandinavia) that weren't so lucky.  The problem with this plaque is that it looks like a historical marker and wills you to walk out farther to take a look and see what it is.  As soon as we realized that it was a memorial to those that had likely fallen to their death here, we took two giant steps back.
We stopped at Praia do Beliche as the sun was beginning to set for more stunning views.
Our final stop of the day was Fortaleza de Sagres.  It is believed that Prince Henry the Navigator ran his school of Navigation near here during the Age of Discovery.
We paid our admission fee and took a stroll around the grounds.  This giant divided circle is a thought to be a compass rose used for navigational purposes.
A small church stands on a bluff overlooking the ocean.

I liked this rusty old cannon guarding against attack on the fortress.

A cobbled walkway leads around the site along the ocean.  We were rewarded with amazing views once again.
The sun began to set and after admiring it's beauty over the water, we made our way back to the fort entrance and drove back to the Quinta do Caracol in Tavira.  We couldn't have asked for a better day to explore this part of the world so rich in history.

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