SANDY CLUES OF SAGRES / ALGARVE


When the sunset is reflected in the moisty sand of the legendary and quite windy beach of Sagres at the Algarve (Portugal) – being used mostly by surfers today due to the breezy and quite rough sea – a lot of people always join this daily spectacle at this most South-Western part of the European mainland. The region used to be always a mythical place, so not far away near the villages of Vila de Bispo and Raposeira still more than 100 menhirs can be found from the Neolithic era (ca. 3,000 – 4,000 BC). All of them were overturned and also partly destroyed lateron by Christian missionaries, but at least one menhir was re-erected (Menir do Padrão) in the meantime. The ancient Greeks named this place Ophiussa (land of the snakes) and its inhabitants Oestrimni (people of the utmost West). The Romans who seized this region 2,000 years ago preferred to call the site Promontorium sacrum (holy footlands), a magical place at the end of the world where the deities use to live and where the sun is engulfed by the ocean.

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11 thoughts on “SANDY CLUES OF SAGRES / ALGARVE

  1. I admit not knowing what menhirs were. Now that I know, I am fascinated on how and why they occurred. I should learn more about them. The photo of the Portoqeze coastline is beautiful and could almost be taken in Australia but not in Holland.

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    • Ancient places like this (for example with menhirs) are everywhere in Europe, a lot of them not so well-known by the majority of people because they were also demonized by the Christian churches for longtime. I will introduce some very old German sites like this (Neolithic and Bronze Age) in the near future also here. In the Netherlands they seemingly do no longer exist according my knowledge.

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    • Had no time during this short trip to visit the mysterious menhirs lying scattered over the countryside as we were too busy with all the fantastic beaches. It was also much cooler and more pleasant at the ocean!

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  2. Interesting take on Menhirs and Christianity….these meanings of these pre-historic (i.e. — no written or oral records survive) monuments are lost to time. On our travels in Ireland we found them throughout the land….strange, if Christianity “destroyed” them.

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    • Thank you for your kind cmments! I try my best with my Sony Xperia mobile which has its certain limits photographically. There are many spectacular beaches at the Algarve, but here at Sagres the sun-set was really the most impressive one, a lot of people therefore at the beach and on the cliffs attending this “show” of the nature. Worth another visit sometimes.

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