The Sacramento Trail is probably Port Elizabeth's most popular day hike around the city. The hike starts in the village of Schoenmakerskop and follows the coastline to Sardinia Bay over a distance of 4km before returning along the bridle trails on top of the vegetated sand dunes. The 8km trail includes beautiful bays and coves, stunning views and even a little bit of history. The trail is named after the Sacramento, a Portuguese galley carrying a cargo of cannons, that wrecked along the coast in 1647. 72 survivors made it to land and started walking the over 1000km to present day Maputo in Mozambique with only 9 making it there alive. The bronze cannons were discovered and salvaged in the 1970's with one of them placed at the start of the trail in Schoenies.