Praia da Mareta is the closest beach to Sages town itself, and unsurprisingly, as such, tends to be one of the busiest beaches in the area. However, it isn't just convenience that makes Mareta such a popular beach; with a sweep of golden sand stretching for nearly 800 metres and rocky headlands providing shelter from the notorious Sagres winds this is a great choice.
Set in a south-facing bay Mareta benefits from the sunshine all day whilst being much more sheltered from the waves than the neighbouring Atlantic coast beaches. For this reason the beach here is used for a variety of watersports from kayaking and windsurfing to diving. The sea here isn't always flat calm though and Praia da Mareta is not only a great spot to learn to surf but can be the only place sheltered enough to surf in the winter months.
There is a choice of three restaurants along the beach here all offering the usual range of light snacks up to full, sit-down meals. Other facilities include a seasonal lifeguard service, toilets and relatively close parking.