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PRAIA DA URSA

If you're looking for seclusion and escape then Praia da Ursa would be the beach for you. Located a just little north of Cabo da Rocha, mainland Europe's most westerly point, this sandy cove has a dramatic and wild beauty. The rock stacks and islets which do battle with the waves just off shore are a popular subject for photographers. One such rock formation lends the beach it's name, the huge Rocha da Ursa (Bear Rock), is said to resemble a bear with a cub on its lap. It's pristine and untouched nature is due to it's remoteness. The path which winds down the hill from the car park can take up to an hour, which would pose problems for those with mobility issues. However for the adventurous who dare to make the trek are well rewarded by the spectacle of one of Portugal's most beautiful beaches.

ABOUT

Praia da Ursa

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.


TRAVELLING TO PRAIA DA URSA

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.
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