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CABO DA ROCHA

Officially Cabo da Roca is the most westerly point in mainland Europe and easily reached by the #403 bus from either Sintra or Cascais. The cliffs here rise a staggering 140m (460ft) above the crashing waves below and offering those walking along the cliff top path spectacular views out to sea, the sunsets here are amazing. Standing on the foundations of a 16th century fort is the Cabo da Roca lighthouse and an elevated cross bearing the inscription "land ends and the sea begins" written by Luís de Camões. The tourism office here provides visitors with a certificate stating that they have visited the most westerly point of mainland Europe.

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INTRODUCTION TO CABO DA ROCHA

Cabo da Rocha

To the Romans Cabo da Roca was known as "Promontorium Magnum" and thought of by many, right up to the Age of Discovery, as the edge of the world. Atlantic winds create a habitat for only the toughest and low laying fauna adding to the rugged beauty of the site. For the visitors it's the amazing panoramic views over the Serra de Sintra and the coastline which is the enticement. For the brave there are precarious hiking trails of various lengths which follow the line of the headland. Below the mighty Atlantic pound the rocks, ideal breeding grounds for the Goose Barnacles (Percebes) which are a delicacy in many of the restaurants hereabouts.

Located at latitude 38º 47´north and longitude 9º 30´west is a monument which indicates the most westerly spot of mainland Europe. On it an inscription says "land ends and the sea begins" written by Luís de Camões and crowning the stone structure there's a cross.

CABO DA ROCHA LIGHTHOUSE

Historical records date the fort ruins at Cabo da Roca from the 17th century. It was once one of many fortified structures which form a defensive line guarding the mouth of the Tejo and Lisbon beyond. The first lighthouse to stand here utilised the foundations of the fort and came into service in 1772. It was the first new purpose-built lighthouse to be constructed in Portugal. However the current 22 metre tall structure originates from 1842 and stands 150m over the ocean and can shine it's 1,000 watt beacon 28 miles (46km) out to see.

Other than the lighthouse the coffee shop and gift shop come tourist office the area is devoid of any buildings. The car park here is free, most visitors stay for around 30-40 minutes only, depending on how bracing the wind is. There's half an hour's wait between buses which route joins Cascais with Sintra. Try to time your visit for sunset and you will be rewarded with a true feast for the eyes.


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Cabo da Rocha - Lighthouse
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TRAVELLING TO CABO DA ROCHA

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 station to Cabo da Rocha.
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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.

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Hike in Sintra forest or Sintra coastline

Hike in Sintra forest or Sintra coastline

Discover Sintra with an expert guide on a day hike with a choice of three different itineraries. Options include a walk around the old quarter of Sintra-Vila and monuments such as Sintra Palace, Pena Palace and Castle of the Moors. Or you can hike in the forest and mountains of the Sintra Range. If you love the coast, a third option takes in beaches, rugged cliffs and traditional villages. Your guide shares informative commentary about the places you visit throughout your tour.



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Sintra and Cascais Wilderness Full Day Tour

Sintra and Cascais Wilderness Full Day Tour

Straight from your pickup location we drive along the scenic coastline all the way to Cascais. In Cascais we'll visit the Old Town and get some local snacks before departing to the famous Guincho road, that leads to Guincho beach and continues up the Sintra hills towards Cabo da Roca, the most western point of Europe. We'll continue up the mountain towards Peninha Sanctuary for some unforgettable 360º views. We'll head towards Sintra trough the old unbeaten route that crosses the National Park, until we get to the romantic picturesque Sintra village, where we'll stop.

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