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CABO DA ROCHA

Officially Cabo da Roca is the most westerly point in mainland Europe and is easily reached by the #403 bus from both 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. 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.

INTRODUCTION TO CABO DA ROCHA

Cabo da Rocha

Westernmost tip of Europe monument

To the Romans Cabo da Roca was known as "Promontorium Magnum" and right up to the Age of Discovery, considered 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 visitors, it's the amazing panoramic views over the Serra de Sintra and the coastline that is the enticement. For the brave, precarious hiking trails of various lengths follow the topography of the headland. Below the cliffs are pounded by mighty Atlantic waves. This is 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 that 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 crucifix.

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 its 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

Cabo da Rocha - Lighthouse

The Cascais Bus Route Map

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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TOP TOURS OF CABO DA ROCHA

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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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.

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Sintra and Cascais Wilderness Full Day Tour

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

According to your preferences, following the trip to the wonderful Sintra mountains in a comfortable automatic climate-controlled van, free wifi and audio guide in Portuguese / English. Passing through the picturesque village of Sintra, Moorish Castle, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Monserrate Palace, your choice, which you will visit until noon, Travel and visit the picturesque village Azenhas do Mar, on one of the Atlantic cliffs and get to know the westernmost point of Europe, Cabo da Roca. Destination to Cascais for a quiet stroll along the bay and traditional historical village. A perfect day!

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