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Cabo da Roca
C (in English, Cape Roca) is a rugged outcropping on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal, to the west and slightly north of Lisbon. Its location is dramatic, with high cliffs overlooking the ocean, but the cape's real claim to fame is its longitude of 9° 30' W: Cabo da Roca is at the far western edge of Continental Europe, where--in the words of Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões--it is "the point where the earth ends and the sea begins."
The windswept site has a lighthouse that was completed in 1772, along with a monument and a scenic overlook. It's a popular spot with tourists, who enjoy the view from the cliffs (which are 140 meters or 459 feet above sea level) and the chance to stand at what once was the edge of the world.
The Cabo da Roca makes a pleasant stop on a circular tour from Lisbon to Sintra, and you can even reach the cape by bicycle from Cascais if you're willing to brave an uphill ride.
Directions to Cabo da Roca
Technically, the Cabo da Roca is in the municipality of Sintra, but it's many kilometers west of that town. Here's how to reach the cape:
Scotturb Web site, click "Horários," and then click "403" for a current timetable. Please note:Scotturb bus 403 operates between Sintra and Cascais year-round. Travel time to Cabo da Roca is about 45 minutes from Sintra's railroad station and 25 minutes from the bus terminal in Cascais. See the Portuguese-language
Cabo da Roca is just west of Azoia on the road between Sintra and Cascais. From Cascais, head north on EN 9-1 and then go left on EN 247; from Sintra, head west toward Colares on EN 247 and continue south to Azoia. A branch road, EN 247-4, covers the short distance between Azoia and the cape.
Cabo da Roca has a visitor center, with a restaurant and souvenir shop nearby. A path leads to the monument and the often windy scenic overlook. (See photo at top of page.)
Admission to the park is free. For more information, e-mail the Cabo da Roca tourist office at [email protected] or phone +351 219 280 801.
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An intrepid tourist braves the wind on Continental Europe's westernmost wall.
Two visitors from abroad pose by the monument at Cabo da Roca.
For a small fee, you can buy a dated, personalized certificate at the Cabo da Roca visitor center. The certificate confirms that you "have been to Cape Roca--Sintra, Portugal--the westernmost point in continental Europe 'where the land ends and the sea begins,' where there still reigns the spirit of Faith and Adventure which took the Portuguese caravels in search of new worlds for the world."
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