Cabo da Rocha
Flights      Hotels      Car Hire    Tours        


Cabo da Roca stands as the westernmost point in mainland Europe, accessible via the convenient #403 bus route from Sintra and Cascais. Towering cliffs reaching 140 metres (460 ft) above the crashing waves offer breathtaking vistas along the cliff-top trail, especially during stunning sunsets. Atop the remains of a 16th-century fort stands the iconic Cabo da Roca Lighthouse, alongside an elevated cross bearing the inscription "land ends and the sea begins," penned by the renowned poet Luís de Camões. Visitors can obtain a certificate from the tourist office as proof of their visit to mainland Europe's westernmost point.


Cabo da Rocha

Westernmost tip of Europe monument

Cabo da Roca, known to the Romans as "Promontorium Magnum," held the title of the edge of the world until the Age of Discovery. Shaped by relentless Atlantic winds, its rugged terrain hosts resilient flora and fauna, offering a unique and captivating landscape. Visitors are drawn to the area by its breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Serra de Sintra and the coastline. Extensive hiking trails, varying in length, traverse the headland, providing opportunities to explore its dramatic topography. Below, the imposing cliffs endure the relentless assault of the Atlantic waves, creating an ideal habitat for coveted Goose Barnacles (Percebes), a local delicacy featured in many restaurants.

At coordinates latitude 38º 47´north and longitude 09º 30´west, stands a monument marking the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Inscribed with the words "land ends and the sea begins" by Luís de Camões, the monument is adorned with a crucifix atop the stone structure, symbolising the significance of this historic location.


Sintra Small-Group Tour from Lisbon with Cabo da Roca and Cascais

Sintra Small-Group Tour from Lisbon with Cabo da Roca and Cascais

Visit the atmospheric town of Sintra on a full-day, small-group tour from Lisbon, then spend the day exploring the Portuguese coast, Quinta da Regaleira, and Sintra’s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a mix of guided and un-guided time, discover romantic grottoes and colourful architecture, then get spectacular views to the Atlantic coast from the Serra de Sintra. Including pickup from centrally-located Lisbon as well as entrance fees at the Quinta da Regaleira.

Check Availability

Lisboa, Sintra, Estoril e Cabo da Roca. The Westerly Walk in Europe

The most Westerly Walk in Europe

Walking within the Cabo da Roca area is an unforgettable experience for those who want to explore this impressive and rugged coastline. It’s here the westerly point of Europe and also the most westerly walk in Europe. With remote and tough access “Praia da Ursa” is the most beautiful beach in the area. Is just an unforgettable experience.

Check Availability

Sintra and Cascais Wilderness Full Day Tour

Sintra, Azenhas do Mar, Cabo da Roca and Cascais, from Lisbon

According to your preferences, explore the Sintra mountain in a comfortable automatic climate-controlled van, free wifi and an audio guide in Portuguese/English. Choose from passing through the picturesque village of Sintra, Moorish Castle, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Monserrate Palace until noon. Travel and visit the picturesque Azenhas do Mar village, on one of the Atlantic cliffs and get to know the westernmost point of Europe, Cabo da Roca. The perfect day ends in Cascais for a quiet stroll along the bay.

Check Availability


Historical records trace the fort ruins at Cabo da Roca back to the 17th century, serving as part of a fortified defensive line guarding the mouth of the Tejo and the city of Lisbon. The site's first lighthouse, operational since 1772, utilised the fort's foundations, marking the inception of Portugal's purpose-built lighthouse construction. However, the current towering structure, standing at 22 metres tall, dates back to 1842. Positioned 150 metres above the crashing waves, the lighthouse emits a powerful beam, visible up to 46 kilometres (28mi) out at sea.

Apart from the iconic lighthouse, Cabo da Roca boasts minimal infrastructure, comprising only a coffee shop and a gift shop/tourist office, with complimentary parking available onsite. Visitors typically spend 30-40 minutes exploring the area, weather permitting, while buses connecting Cascais with Sintra operate with a half-hour frequency. Timing your visit to coincide with sunset offers a mesmerising visual spectacle, making it an unforgettable experience.

Cheap Car Hire in Portugal
Cabo da Rocha - Lighthouse

Cabo da Rocha - Lighthouse

The Cascais Bus Route Map


From Sintra follow the N247 17km (10.5 mi) West via Colares to Cabo da Roca.
From Cascais and Lisbon follows the N247 and turning off at Azóia and follow signs for 1.5 miles (2.5km) from there. From Sintra take the N247 East.

• Carris Metropolitana bus #1253 leaves from Sintra Train station to Cabo da Rocha.
Scott URB Website

Get a Great Hotel Deal in Sintra