Cabo da Roca: the most westerly point of Europe is in Portugal
Do you know that place you always want to go back to? Well, for me this is called Cabo da Roca, on the coast of Portugal. I’ve been there at least four times but whenever there is an opportunity, there I am again.
The place does not have great attractions in the sense of quantity. There is only one fort, a restaurant and a tourist office where you can pick up a certificate where it’s written that you visited the most westerly point of mainland Europe.
But in the sense of quality, the place really surprises everyone that spends some time to go there. The view of the cliffs and the ocean is breathtaking. Well worth the visit!
To be very honest, what I like is the ride going there as a whole. The road from Cascais to the Cape is very nice, at some points it is possible to have a beautiful view of Guincho Beach and the coast of Cascais and at places, enjoy the beauty of the Sintra Forest.
About Cabo da Roca
“Here, near the top of the head of all Europe, the Lusitanian Kingdom, where the earth ends and the sea begins” (Lusíadas, Canto III)
This is how Camões defined Cabo da Roca, considered the most westerly point of Continental Europe. The cape is in the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais, more specifically in Colares (Sintra).
According to the VisitPortugal website, there are historical records indicating the existence of a fort at Cabo da Roca in the 16th century. This fort would have played an important role in protecting the city of Lisbon, forming a kind of defensive line along the coast, especially during the Peninsular Wars.
Currently there is only one lighthouse that remains an important point for navigation. The lighthouse is 150m above sea level. I’s 22 meters high and its light has a range of approximately 48 km.
The great cliff, more than 140 meters high, is located very close to the cities of Sintra (17Km), Cascais (16Km) and also Lisbon (40Km).
The place is totally free, including parking. You will not spend even a penny to enjoy this spectacle of nature.
How to get to Cabo da Roca?
By car: From Lisbon is approximately 40Km. Follow the A5 for 27.4 km. Take the exit 12 to N9-1 (Malveira da Serra Road.) Follow the N247 to Cabo da Roca Road in Colares.
By public transportation: in this case there are two options:
- Take the train to Sintra station. There, take the bus (line 403) of the company Scotturb or; ;
- Take the train to Cascais station. There, take the same bus (line 403) of Scotturb.
Tips of MeusRoteiros.com
Save some time to stop at Moinho Dom Quixote
If you are coming by car, our special tip is to save some time during your tour to stop at Bar Moinho Dom Quixote, a very interesting place less than 2.7 km from Cabo da Roca.
The bar is on Cabo da Roca Road and getting there is very easy. Just pay attention on a sign in the left side (of who goes to Cabo da Roca) or the right side (of those around the Cape) of the road.
The decoration of Moinho Dom Quixote is very peculiar. The owner, who loves to travel the world, always buys a souvenir wherever he goes and puts it somewhere in the bar. In the gardens a few different species of plants and also some small aquariums.
The view from the place? Well, I do not even need to comment, just look at the photos below. The place is ideal for a drink, an aperitif and a good conversation, especially on a beautiful sunny day.
Take care, do not exceed the demarcations of the places
Every time I went to Cabo da Roca I saw people in very dangerous places. Do not press your luck, if there are warning signs in place, it is precisely for the safety of visitors. Walk the trails and respect the signs.
Check the Weather Forecast
If your schedule is not very tight, check which day / time the weather will be good. Cabo da Roca is certainly more beautiful on a sunny day.
Websites and Artiles about Cabo da Roca on the Web