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Sagres

Situated on the far western tip of Portugal, this area is exposed greatly to the wild elements thrown at it by the Atlantic. Sagres is an excellent location for those who enjoy seeing the power of nature in all its beauty. With excellent surf and wind, this is a great location for surfing and kite surfing, whilst the sheltered beaches also provide an excellent ​place for relaxing.

Activities

World renowned for its surfing, with many competitions year round and being frequented by some of the world's best surfers, Sagres is a hub for surfing. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there are trips here for everyone. The aggressive landscape and wild nature of Sagres makes it a refreshing and popular place for yoga too, at the wind swept cliffs or in the secluded beaches. The popular surf spots are Tonel and Mareta.

Local Town

Sagres is the most southwestern city in Europe, overlooking the aggressive scenery of the Algarve. A typical Portuguese town which attains its nautical culture and heritage, whilst still providing modern amenities. It is a young and lively town, attracting surfers from all over the world. 

Sagres has a long tradition of fishing. This is evident when you visit one of the many restaurants where fish is always present, from pickles, shrimps, octopus, gilthead sea bass, sea bream, the list is endless. They are all the freshest they possibly can be and are carefully prepared and served​ traditionally. 

UCPA Centre

Instead of having a purpose built UCPA centre, in ​Sagres UCPA use Casa Azul Sagres - a lovely set of apartments with a BnB feel. Located just a few ​minutes ​walk away from Praia da Mareta Beach and a few minutes walk away from some nearby bars, the accommodation is well located for being close to the activity spots as well as an evening entertainment. Rooms are 2-3 beds shared between guests (twin and double rooms are available, enquire directly with the centre.)

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Testimonials

  • The food provided was up to a very good standard for all meals with a soup starter available every dinner followed by two or three hot meal choices, a salad bar and a variety of tasty deserts and fruit.
    Richard J
  • UCPAs are like an upmarket hostel. However, they are always comfortable and if you want to meet people, the rooms of 4-6 are a great way of doing so. Even better is most of the UCPAs have some twin rooms...
    Anna R
  • Describing the UCPA is difficult. Not because there is a lack of adjectives to adequately convey the amount of fun you’ll have while you are there, the friendliness of the instructors, the quality of the food...
    Mark D
  • The UCPA has its own bar which is slightly cheaper than anywhere else in the resort. It has a pool table, comfy seats and a good atmosphere. 
    Ron H
  • The food is great and there is tons of it from breakfast, lunch, snack time (after your day on the slopes) and dinner in the evening. My favourite meal this year was on the Thursday evening when it was...
    Peter E
  • All UCPAs are very friendly and sociable. The bar and dining areas are open with big tables, encouraging people to sit together and get to know each other. This makes it very easy as a solo traveller.
    Anna R
  • The quality of the equipment is second to none and the ability to easily swap things over if they’re not quite right is so useful. 
    Amelia S
  • Imagine moules mariniereier, steak (cooked how you like it) and paella just to name a few options during our week and you get a picture of how well fed you will be at UCPA.
    Elliot B