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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Laid-back vibe

    Friendly, helpful staff

    Kitchenettes in suites

  • Kids will love

    Tasty kids' menu

    The surf centre

    Exploring the coast

  • Don’t expect

    Five-star luxury

    On-site beach

    A big indoor pool

Overview

Built in the 1960s, transformed in the noughties, family-friendly Memmo Baleeira in Sagres has kept its streamlined, angular exterior and port-view perch, and added breezy coastal cool to its interiors. The sea rules this budget boutique hotel, from bright blue cushions to watery visions from the windows: it’ll have you chasing the waves in no time.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Memmo Baleeira with us:

A bottle of local rosé wine and free bike hire for two

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Memmo Baleeira

Super deal: 15% off Long stays: 15% off Short break offer: 5% off

Parent-approved

‘The message for families from this streamlined budget boutique bolthole at the tip of western Europe is loud and clear – don't sweat the small stuff, and enjoy the ride’

Smith & Family

Facilities

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Memmo Baleeira – Sagres – Portugal

Need To Know

Rooms

144, including 39 suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from £59.80 (€71), including tax at 6 per cent.

More details

Rates include a generous buffet breakfast. Children A baby cot for under-3s can be added free to any room, beds for littles from three years old to are €20 a night, and for over-12s it's €40 a night; up to two under-12s stay free in Memmo Suites.

Also

There’s a disabled-access room on the ground floor, as well as lifts and ramps throughout the hotel.

At the hotel

Spa, bar, restaurant, swimming pool, boutique, gym, book/DVD library, lounge, games room, surf centre and free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, bathrobes, slippers and Comfort Zone bath products. Suites also have kitchenettes with fridges, microwaves, kettles and toasters.

Our favourite rooms

The best option for families are the bright and spacious one- or two-bedroom Memmo Suites, with sofa beds or a separate twin bedroom for the kids and a kitchenette for preparing basic meals. The ones on the ground floor are close to the action, but feel snug and secluded, and have terraces that adjoin the main grassy lawn. Those higher up have glazed balconies – definitely opt for a sea view if you can. If it's just you and baby, any room can take a cot.

Poolside

The unheated outdoor pool commands the clifftop beyond the Memmo Lounge bar, surrounded by sunloungers and thatched parasols and with far-reaching sea views. The breeze can be quite strong, so outside the height of summer it's not always warm enough for sensitive Smiths. However, the diminutive heated pool at the spa is perfect for introducing your littlest ones to splashing, and is open for daily family swim sessions 10am–11am and 4pm–5pm. Swimming caps are compulsory and available to purchase at reception.

Spa

The Memmo Spa has three treatment rooms, a gym, a steam room and a small heated pool – there's a variety of marine-themed massages and beauty treatments available, as well as Shiatsu, reflexology and pre- and post-natal massages for new mothers.

And…

All guests are given a useful free local guide (Living Sagres by Memmo) signposting hotel-negotiated discounts at Sagres' best bars, restaurants, shops and activity centres.

Book ahead

In high season, book before arrival to guarantee spa treatment times, babysitting and tables at Memmo Restuarant when you want them.

Food and drink

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Memmo Baleeira – Sagres – Portugal

Dining

Memmo Restaurant hosts adults-only à la carte Mediterranean dining by night, with a daily chef's menu and dishes packed full of flavour: the rosemary-oil roasted octopus is delicious. It's an attractive, grown-up space with white linen on the tables, and contemporary decor with a retro vibe (the vintage dining chairs were from the original Memmo hotel). Mornings see the room flooded with sunlight for the breakfast buffet, with extra seats set up on a covered alfresco terrace. Look out for delicious pastries such as pasteis de nata (custard tarts) and dip your bread into Alentejo's typical Quinta de São Vicente olive oil. The laid-back, view-blessed Memmo Lounge has a café menu of simple tapas, sandwiches, great burgers and delicious salads.

Family fare

Kids are well catered for, with plenty of highchairs at breakfast, and a good children’s menu in Memmo Lounge – home-made mini pizzas are a delight for little fingers, and breaded hake with sauté potatoes and spinach means they can have fish and chips while you polish your halo. As well as virtuous fruit salads and juices, there are Häagen-Dasz miniatures to occupy them with while you finish your cocktail. In summer, there's also a convivial family buffet dinner in the sea-view Scape Room, with special dishes for kids (including jelly for pudding): for every adult dining, one child under 12 eats free.

Hotel Bar

Memmmo Fornaria is all about Mediterranean flavours and regional products; try a home made pizza fresh from the wood oven, or roasted octopus in rosemary olive oil. There's a small menu for little Smiths too. Settle into the vintage chairs and peruse the full wine list, which includes regional wines of Portugal. It's open from noon to 3pm and from 7:30pm to10pm.

Last orders

Breakfast is served in Memmo Restaurant from 8am until 10am during the week (11am at weekends). Dinner is 7.30pm until 10pm. The Memmo Lounge bar pours drinks until either midnight or 1am, with food available.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Night off? Have a few aperitifs on the terrace before heading down to the restaurant for a romantic late supper.

  • Room service

    Dishes from the lounge bar menu are available when the kitchens are open. They're happy to bring warm milk for your children (just beware the €7 delivery charge).

    Also

    Suites with kitchenettes allow you to fix a quick snack or fussy toddler's tea – which means the hotel's own children's menu doesn't have to patronise young palates with bland staples.

Childcare

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Memmo Baleeira – Sagres – Portugal

Parent approved

‘The message for families from this streamlined budget boutique bolthole at the tip of western Europe is loud and clear – don't sweat the small stuff, and enjoy the ride’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

In August, you can leave children aged 3–10 in the supervised children's area for free, where they'll be kept amused with games, films, and crafting activities. The space is open all year round, but outside August children must be accompanied by a parent. Memmo's playroom for juniors and teens aged 7–18 includes table football and video games, and there's a large lawn for burning off steam.

Babysitting

With 24 hours’ notice, staff can be drafted in to babysit (€10 an hour).

Baby-listening

There's no kit available to borrow, and your monitors won't extend from your room to the restaurant or bar: book a babysitter if you want a night out alone.

Other Services

Staff are super-helpful and a mine of information on local places to eat, drink and distract the kids, from discounts at the local zoo to tucked-away pizzerias.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Full-size cots • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Stair gates • Socket covers • Crayons • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Full-size cots • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Bathroom step • Stair gates • Socket covers • Toddler-proof toys • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • Puzzles • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Bikes to hire • Board games • Puzzles • Craft materials • Table football • Games consoles • Computer with internet connection • Surfboards and wetsuits to hire

Activities

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Memmo Baleeira – Sagres – Portugal

Things to do

A spell at this laid-back boutique base revolves around coastal forays on bikes or in boats, with days spent seaside, pool-side or spa-side and honing your hang-five skills with the help of Memmo's surf centre staff.

Hotel activities

Aside from the many family-friendly beaches nearby, the biggest draw here is the opportunity to learn or improve your surf skills: Memmo partners the Freeride Sagres Surf School, run by a team of experienced pro surfers, and the breaks along this coastline are renowned. Book a course or just hire boards; there's a round-trip transfer service, too. Hiking and yoga lessons can also be arranged. Rent bikes from the hotel and cycle through Sagres or beyond to St Vincent's Cape. Brought your running kit? Ask at reception for route maps.

And there's more…

Don't fret if you've forgotten your Havaianas: the hotel's small boutique Memmostore is packed with upscale his 'n' hers beachwear, including Hurley swim shorts, cute children's clothes by Vintage Bazaar and boho-chic cover-ups by Christophe Sauvat.

Local Guide

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Memmo Baleeira – Sagres – Portugal
Smith tip

A non-stop string of west-coast surfer beaches (including popular Amado, Arrifana and Odeceixe) lie to your north along the Costa Vicentina; get hooked up with boards and tuition by Memmo Baleeira's surf school.

Don't miss…

… trying the region's renowned local barnacles and clams at Ribeira do Poço in Vila do Bispo (+351 282 639 075); the bream, bass and anchovies landed at Sagres at also memorable.

Surfer-centric Sagres has a hippie-hangout vibe, and it's the perfect kicking-off point for exploring the big, beautiful sandy beaches and national park of the Costa Vicentina, offering all the wave- and wind-powered watersports you can think of. Hiking, biking and other outdoorsy endeavours (including BloKarting – aka land-sailing) are in plentiful supply.

The hotel is directly above Sagres' Porto da Baleeira, from where the excellent Cape Cruiser (+351 919 751 175) will take you dolphin-spotting: head out on an exhilharating RIB speedboat ride with their marine biologists and you've a good chance of spotting common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises, and if you're very lucky, you might even catch sight of sun fish, striped dolphin, blue shark or minke whale (€30 for adults; €25 for under-12s). Padded seats are snugly arranged in front-facing pairs, and the ride out to sea is fast and can be rough, so this trip is not suited to under-3s or pregnant women – use your own judgment with toddlers and pre-schoolers (you'll be in very safe hands), or consider a more gently puttering cruise to explore sea caves and coastal curiosities instead.

Cycle along the cliffs to the functioning lighthouse on Saint Vincent's Cape for panoramic views of the crashing Atlantic waves (until the 1400s, this solitary spot at Portugal’s most southwesterly tip was considered the end of the world). It’s open to the public for tours. Also at the Cape is the crumbling ruin of 17th-century fortess Saint Vincent.

If beaches are your thing, you're in luck – there are dozens of super sandy spots to pick from nearby, including Praia do Beliche beneath the fortress, Martinhal, Praia do Castelejo and Praia do Zavial. At Blue Flag Zavial beach, juniper bushes zing green against the red-tinted cliffs, the water is clear and calm enough for snorkelling, and there's a decent restaurant, too: try the cataplana or clams at Restaurante do Zavial (+351 282 639 282). To reach Zavial, turn off the road from Sagres to Lagos at Raposeira, and follow the road for around 5km.

Even closer is gently sloping Martinhal beach, where you'll find loungey little Nortada (+351 918 613 410): don’t be dissuaded by the beach-shack vibe – this gem bats well above average food-wise: try the clams or wholemeal pizzas and soak up views of the sea.

Locals rave about Pizza Pazza (+351 282 639 173), a tiny Italian-run pizzeria in the middle-of-nowhere village of Pedralva near Vila do Bispo, where tasty thin-crust wheels of delight are turned out to a devoted crowd. Pizzas are supplemented by a few simple pasta dishes and desserts (including Tiramisù), jugs of wine and cold beer. In high season, it's open Tuesdays–Sundays, 12.30–3pm and 7.30pm till midnight; October–May, it's open Thursdays–Sundays only. Book ahead.

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Memmo Baleeira
Sítio da Baleeira, Sagres, Faro, 8650-357
Hotel setting

Sunkissed Algarve coastline

Getting There

The small surf-centric town of Sagres sits at the westernmost point of the Algarve coast, within spitting distance of the Costa Vicentina's gob-smacking beaches and national park.

Planes

The nearest airport is Faro,119km (75 minutes’ drive) from the hotel. There are regular scheduled flights from across Europe, including from London Gatwick and Heathrow.

Trains

The train station in Lagos is 36km away (around 40 minutes) by car. It’s served by CP trains (www.cp.pt).

Automobiles

A hire car is worthwhile for exploring the beaches along the Costa Vicentina. From Faro airport, it's an easy cruise towards Lagos along the A22 (Via do Infante), direction Portimão. Towards the end of the A22, take the 2nd exit to Lagos, towards Vila do Bispo. From there, follow the N268 into Sagres and make for Baleeira. There’s free onsite parking. If you want to access the more remote beaches, consider hiring a 4x4.

Parent travel tip

Faro airport has a small play area for children and plenty of baby-changing facilities.

Reviews

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Memmo Baleeira – Sagres – Portugal

Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Memmo Baleeira – has been selected and approved by parents.

Memmo to self: relax. The message for families from this streamlined budget boutique bolthole at the tip of western Europe is loud and clear – don't sweat the small stuff, and enjoy the ride. Everything here is geared towards a holiday spent exploring beaches, catching waves and catching up – even the views through floor-to-ceiling windows, from balconies and bedrooms are a siren call to the sea. There's fresh seafood and great cocktails; children's food that is healthy and appealing; a spa and swimming pool for on-site lazing; and a smattering of surf-inspired contemporary art to soften the minimal interiors. Yes, there are acres of dazzlingly white decor, but you won't feel you're on scuff-watch; it's simple, stylish and functional, with a youthful outlook that's infectious. Take your new lease of life and unleash it with the help of Memmo's surf school, where the pros will soon have you riding the crest of a wave…

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Memmo Baleeira in the Guestbook below.

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Sea views - the bar terrace is great for that. Very friendly service. Good breakfast included. Lovely, spacious rooms. Lots of good options for food, and the CapeCruiser dolphin watching was amazing - really lovely people that went out of their way to make the trip enjoyable. (you get a 15 discount from being at the hotel, too). Amazing beaches and lovely coastal walks surrounded by wild flowers (in the Spring).

Don’t expect

Many of the things offered for older kids (playroom, Wii, trampoline, etc) that claim to be on offer weren't there when we stayed. And don't expect to cook much in the kitchenettes - no colander or sieve (as I found out when I was trying to make pasta), no tin opener and no bowl to make salad in.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The view!

Don’t expect

Excitement.

Rating: 8/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The clifftop views. This is a reliable, good value 4 star property.

Don’t expect

Uber luxury. 

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Local restaurants and bars.

Don’t expect

Loud night clubs.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The panoramic ocean views and friendly hotel staff.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife outside of Saturday nights.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The view, location and design. The relaxed surfy vibe which made for a comfortable and welcoming place to return to after days out exploring. Most of all the staff, who went above and beyond to make our stay memorable.

Don’t expect

A lot of shelter from the sea breeze next to the pool.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

the location, room was lovely, nice lounge area, great reception staff

Don’t expect

speedy service in the restaurant - bit chaotic at times.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The pool, the room, the peace and quiet, the city of Lisbon

Don’t expect

As others have said breakfast wasn't the most organised affair, but we got what we wanted.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The super friendly staff.

Don’t expect

The food to be very tasty.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Had a fantastic holiday. Relaxing and very peaceful. The staff at the hotel helpful and very friendly. We will return.

Don’t expect

Lively disco clubs, and bars.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Location.

Don’t expect

A baby friendly hotel.

Rating: 7/10 stars