Cabo da Roca
Cabo da Roca is a place marked wild and hugged headland and is located in Western most point in Continental Europe.
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.
Here there are no parking or entrance costs, most visitors spending between 30 to 60 minutes in the cliffs, enjoying the magnificent view, monument and 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, unfortunately this perfect time to see the sun setting over the ocean does not always coincide with the limited bus services.
Cabo da Roca is 18 Km west of Sintra, 40 Km West of Lisbon and 15 Km of Cascais. 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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