Approximately six kilometers from the village of Sagres, the cape is a landmark for a ship traveling to or from the Mediterranean. The cliffs rise nearly vertically from the Atlantic to a height of 75 meters. The cape is a site of exuberant marine life and a high concentration of birds nesting on the cliffs, such as the rare Bonelli's eagle, peregrine falcons, kites, rock thrushes, rock pigeons, storks and herons.
This lighthouse, guarding one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, is among the most powerful in Europe. Its two 1,000 W lamps can be seen as far as 60 kilometers away.