Sitting next to Sagres' harbour and within the lee of its breakwater, Praia da Baleeira is by far the town's most sheltered beach. This is no way Sagres' best or most dramatic beach but it does come into its own when the westerly wind is blowing and there is a giant Atlantic swell. Despite this Baleeira actually has a more exposed feel to it than many of the cosy coves nearby. There is little in the way of cliffs here and the backdrop slopes gently up towards the town.
That said Praia da Baleeira is a pleasant enough beach; there is a good sized stretch of mostly golden sand with pleasant views out over Sagres bay towards the islands of the Ilhotes do Martinhal. There is also the beach's location right next to the working harbour (Porto da Baleeira); this means there is always plenty of coming and going, and action on the quayside. On the downside this proximity means the water can be slightly less pristine owing to the boat traffic.
In terms of facilities most are provided by the nearby town and harbour although there is a restaurant on the beach. Unlike its neighbours Praia da Baleeira does not have lifeguard cover, although it is generally safe to swim here.
Other beaches near Praia da Baleeira
Praia da Baleeira tide times
- Thu 20th JanuaryHigh 3:37am (3.23m)
Low 9:46am (0.78m)
High 3:58pm (2.99m)
Low 9:51pm (0.86m)
- Fri 21st JanuaryHigh 4:12am (3.22m)
Low 10:20am (0.80m)
High 4:33pm (2.97m)
Low 10:26pm (0.89m)
- Sat 22nd JanuaryHigh 4:47am (3.18m)
Low 10:57am (0.84m)
High 5:11pm (2.92m)
Low 11:04pm (0.95m)
- Sun 23rd JanuaryHigh 5:27am (3.10m)
Low 11:38am (0.91m)
High 5:54pm (2.85m)
Low 11:47pm (1.03m)