The legend of the Rocha da Ursa (Bear Rock) dates back thousands of years when snow covered the surrounding hills. During this time a mother bear lived on the beach with her small cubs. The ancient gods pre-warned all the animals who dwelt in the low coastal areas the snow is about to melt and to flee to higher ground. However the bear proved to be stubborn and refused to leave. Angered their warnings were ignored the gods turn the bear to stone along with her cubs.
If you decide to visit here i would suggest you wear good walking shoes or even hiking poles and bring a packed lunch as there no eateries for miles around. The path is no more than a dirt track, steep in places and precarious after rain. Swimming at the beach is not recommended because of the hidden rocks and currents just off shore.
Parking is at Cabo da Rocha and the track leads off from there, follow the white, red, yellow trail signs.
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.
• Scotturb bus #403 leaves from Sintra Train station and Cascais bus startion to Cabo da Rocha.