Hey! So, when you think about the most Western point of Europe, what are your guesses? Greenland? Yes, that’s easy. But about continental Europe, what do you think? Finisterra in Galicia, Spain? No…that’s not. The guess is more south and close to Lisbon. So now I’ll take you through a VERY WINDY but super beautiful and massive place, Cabo da Roca. This is one of the most touristic places in the outskirts of Lisbon for good reason. I didn’t go there in a very long time, so I wanted to look at it with tourist eyes.
How to get there
Cabo da Roca is located in the parish of Colares, Sintra municipality, in the Nature Park Sintra-Cascais. As you can see, the fastest route is 40 Kms west of Lisbon and about 45 minutes. In the Nature Park the roads are a bit steep and with lots of turns but in good condition so it’s easy to drive around. If you’re not with a car, it’s also acessible by public transport. Take the train to Sintra (from Rossio or Oriente) or to Cascais (from Cais do Sodré or Belém) and catch bus no. 403 from Scotturb. By bus this should take about 1h not accounting for waiting times between transportations. Check all the timetables in advance.
Our epic poet from the 16th century, Luís de Camões, wrote about Cabo da Roca in his book, “Os Lusíadas”, saying that the cape is “where the land ends and the sea begins”. There is also a lighthouse here that was built in 1772, but the main highlights are the huge cliffs and the stunning clear sea! There are some trails where you can hike along the coast, but be careful not to get too close, the wind can get very strong and some tragic accidents have already occured. If you follow me on Instagram you might have already seen some pictures of Cabo da Roca, but here are some to feed your appetite. I think this place is really a must visit in your trip to the Lisbon area if you’re into nature!
Today’s post is very short but stay tuned for more pictures over Instagram. What I wanted the most with this post was to give you a sneak peek to visit the place yourself 😉
Would you visit Cabo da Roca in your trip to Portugal? What are your favorite cliffs and capes around the world so that I can mark them on my bucket list?
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