Some twenty kilometres to the north of Sagres is the low-key village of CARRAPATEIRA. Its only site is the modern Museu do Mar at the north end of town up a steep side road. The museum explores the village’s relationship with the sea, with a modest assembly of traditional tools and crafts and some evocative photos; there are also great views from its café. But most people are drawn by nearby Praia da Bordeira, a spectacular beach backed by giant dunes, a tiny river and crashing surf. The sandbanks provide shelter from the wind for a sizeable unauthorized campervan community, who seem to be tolerated by the local police.
Four kilometres south of Praia da Bordeira, along the coast road, lies Praia do Amado, which is also signed off the main road just south of Carrapateira. This fantastic, broad sandy bay backed by low hills with a couple of seasonal cafés is particularly popular with surfers. There’s also a surf school here (wwww.surfcamp-algarve.com).