Cabo da Roca
Cabo da Roca is the most western point of continental Europe, marked by a peace of wild and rugged headland.
Until the Late 14th century, this desolate scenery, were thought that the windswept cliffs of Cabo da Roca were believed to be the edge of the world.
The raging waves of the Atlantic Ocean pound the base of the massive cliffs while biking trais follow the coast line.
The área has a very limited development, with a lighthouse, coffee shop and gift shop, giving an atmosphere of isolation.
Most of the visitors of the “End of the World” are expected to witness here a dramatic landscape and blasting winds.
At Cabo da Roca there are no entrance or parking fees and most of the visitors spend between 30 to 60 minutes enjoyinf the cliffs, monument and the lighthouse.
Despite coastal paths só that visits could take longer, the bracing wind tends to limit the visitors stay. The best time of the day to visit is at sunset, unfortunatly this perfect time to see the sun setting over the ocean does not always coincide with the limited bus services.
Cabo da Roca is located at 18Km West from Sintra, 15Km North from Cascais and 40Km West of Lisbon. The lighthouse is 150 meters above the ocean, and the 1000 watt light can be seen from 46Km.
The constant strong winds means that all plant life is low-lying and able to grow under the high saline conditions. The most prominent plant of the headland is the Ice Plant (Sour Fig), which is a non-native plant to Portugal but became an invasive species, smothering out local plants, after escaping from a local garden 3 decades ago.
The headland is marked by a stone monument with a cross atop. The inscription on the side of the monument is a quote from the famous Portuguese poet Luis Camões (1524–1580) who described the area as “Where the land ends and the sea begins”.
How to Get There
Travel to Cabo da Roca by public transport is again relatively easy as the bus stop is on the main Cascais to Sintra bus route (bus number 403).
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