Cabo da Roca Travel Guide

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Cabo da Roca Things to Do

  • Cabo da Roca Lighthouse

    Apparently it had been thought that Cabo Finisterre and Cabo de São Vicente were the "endpoints of Europe", but actually it has now been decided that Cabo da Roca (at 9° 29.8' W) is the real westernmost point of the Eurasian continent. It is 15 km west of Cabo Finisterre.On this cape is a lighthouse which is geographically significant (as the...

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  • The lighthouse

    On the cape there is a lighthouse completed in 1772, but modified in 1843. The square shaped tower is 22 metres high and the light from the lantern can be seen 25 nautical miles away at night. The lantern is red and the tower is painted white with grey details. The surrounding buildings are white with orange terracotta roof. The lighthouse is still...

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  • Pose for Photographs at the Monument

    Most people visiting Cabo da Roca can't resist posing against the Crucifix Monument for their photo! For our VT Euromeet 2009 group shot, we were all looking towards this landmark. (see my travelogues below for group pics) A plaque was added to the monument in 1979 (see pic 3) by the Municipal Office of Sintra. Above the Sintra coat of Arms, are...

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  • Enjoy the views

    You can enjoy the views across, and down into the Atlantic 144ft below, and the stretch of coastline above and below Cabo da Roca.At the time of our visit, we were lucky enough to have Sunshine, blue skies and a slight breeze.This is a popular place to visit at sunset also.Apparently on Sunday mornings, the peace is disturbed by local motor...

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  • Look at the Cabo da Roca Lighthouse

    We (VTers on Euromeet 2009) visited on a day with a perfect blue sky. The red painted light fitting, terracotta tiled roof and white washed walls of the lighthouse really stood out. It was a photogenic backdrop to many of our photos.Some Facts n' Figures......* The translation for Lighthouse in Portuguese is Farol - The pleural is Faróis.*...

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  • Visit the end of the continent

    Cabo da Roca is a great one to two hours stopover. Visit the lighthouse and the shop, the monument and walk along the top of the cliffs and enjoy the view.

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  • Peace!

    Cabo da Roca is one of nearly a thousand sites around the world, chosen to display a Sri Chinmoy Peace Blossom plaque. These are displayed in towns, cities, countries, natural wonders, historic sites and educational institutions, and include the Victoria Falls, Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera House and Mount McKinley.A Sri Chinmoy Peace Blossom is a place...

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  • Get Certified! - or not

    Yes, you can get yourself certified at Cabo da Roca in the Tourist Info Office! The certificates commemorate your visit to Cabo Da Roca-The most Westerly point of Europe.There are 2 prices - 1 for a single page certificate, or the 'De-Luxe' 2 sided folder, with certificateI opted for the cheaper (5 Euro) version.I entered the TI office, and was...

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  • Tourist Information Office

    I just visited here to buy my certificate, so didn't have a look to see which information leaflets were available, or to find out how helpful and knowledgeable the staff were, However as I mentioned in my earlier tip, the woman writing on the certificates wasn't too friendly.The office itself is quite attractive with its azulejo tiles, I also...

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Cabo da Roca Restaurants

  • Café/Restaurant at Cabo da Roca

    In the basement of the souvenir shop there is a café/restaurant. I visited Cabo da Roca for an hour and after walking around in the rain and wind it was good to come inside for a while. I bought a hot chocolate with whipped cream for 1.90 Euro (March 2010). I brought it to a table where I had nice view over the rocks and ocean below, but I didn’t...

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  • Drinks and Pastries al fresco

    There is a Restaurant/bar at Cabo da Roca, (pic 4) but I didn't go in there, so not sure of their menu or prices.Instead, I enjoyed tasting a few of the local ports that Antonio and Teresa had provided for a toast after the group photos. I nearly missed out, because I'd wandered off to purchase my certificate from the Tourist Info office.While we'd...

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  • a good self-service

    There is a good selfservice-restaurant in the basement of the souvenirshop and it has a great view over some cliffs as well. I came from Sintra, where I skiped the lunch because we were short of time, so I was really happy to find something nice to eat without having to wait a long time. I just had espresso, some softdrinks and some yummy...

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  • Tea break looking at the ocean

    I don't remember its name, but you cannot miss this bar/ tea room because it is the only one in here! We had there a rest from the wind (and the cold) while drinking a cup of tea and a tasting slice of cake. We liked it a lot because of the big windows overlooking the panorama.

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  • Refugio da Roca

    The food is wonderfull but... quite expensive! But i can i say it's worth the money. :) Great fish variety!

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  • Coffee and pastries

    There is a little pastrie shop in the tourist center that has some good food and drinks.Try the sandwich mista and a bica.

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Cabo da Roca Transportation

  • Bus to Cabo da Roca

    Bus number 403 which runs daily between Sintra and Cascais often goes to Cabo da Roca as well. After arriving in Sintra I asked for the timetable at the tourist information to see if there was a bus I could take after visiting Sintra. The afternoon buses that day left at 14.10, 15.25, 17.10 and 18.10 (last bus). I decided to take the 17.10 bus to...

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  • Travel to Cabo da Roca

    For our VT Euromeet day out to Sintra and Cabo da Roca, we VTers piled into 2 coaches.It is possible to travel here by bus from Cascais and Sintra.Scotturb bus 403 operates between Sintra and Cascais all year round, and stops at Cabo da Roca. I think the buses depart every 90 minutes. I'm afraid that I don't know the cost of the ticket, or whether...

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  • By Car

    From Lisbo:Go either to- Sintra, then, road EN 247 to Colares; then take road EN-247-4 to Azóia and follow the signsor- Cascais, then, EN 9-1 to Azóia, then and follow the signsCabo da Roca is in the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, and is:- 18 kms. west of Sintra- 40 kns. west of Lisbon

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Cabo da Roca Shopping

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    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    This is certainly not the cheapest shop to buy tiles as a souvenir, but in many cases the tourists will not have enough time to search somewhere else, so that might be a good idea to buy some tiles there.
    When you enlarge my last picture, you will see the price of the big tiles-combination shown in my 1 st pisture : the price is 1296,- euros !

    What to buy: You will get there tiles in all sizes and porcelain, books, postcards and Portwine.

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Cabo da Roca Local Customs

  • CERTIFICATE OF YOUR VISIT

    At the tourist post you can purchase a CERTIFICATE OF YOUR VISIT to Cabo da Roca. In the accompanying photo, Swanet proudly shows off her certificate, all signed and so official looking.

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  • Local crafts

    Azoia locals hide so much talent. Sculptured boats and lighthouses hand made are a little of what you'll find at Azoia typical shops.

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  • The tiles

    I found these beautifull tiles near one of Azoia houses. It says "Land, heaven and sea" and that's what you'll find at this village.

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Cabo da Roca Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for VTers!

    Beware when being at Cabo da Roca! Keep an eye on bus loads of VTers. They might jump out jam the place and have great fun there! Your only choice will be to take part... :)

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  • Wind Warning

    Expect strong winds when looking down from the cliff-top.Here I'm showing my one year old niece a puppy. She was susceptible to ear-aches, so we had to keep her well wrapped up away from the wind. There's a lot of wind in this area - even some windmills. The wind was so strong at the top of the castle in Sintra that it blew my pocketbook away from...

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  • Windy and wet days

    Please be careful on windy and wet days, as the cliff edge is slick.There were 3 people that slipped off the edge in the few years that we were there and it is a long way to the bottom.

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Cabo da Roca What to Pack

  • Things to bring to Cabo da Roca

    A day sac to carry camera etc comfy shoes, although if just walking around the monument etc, sandals/flip flops are ok. The weather can change, so come prepared with waterproof/ fleece etc. Hat/ sunglassesWe visited on a hot sunny day, and were only stopping for a short while. sun screen, prescription medicines. Mossie repellent if visiting at...

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  • Wind and bends

    Cabo da Roca is very windy and the temperature is pretty cool, so remember to bring some warm clothing and a scarf! Hairpin bends leading to Cabo da Roca can make you feel sick. Remember to bring some drugs for car sickness!

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Cabo da Roca Off The Beaten Path

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    by TinKan Updated Mar 27, 2003

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    One of the best views of Cabo de Roca can be seen from miles away. Take a drive up the coast in the direction of Cascais and take a break to look at the coast line.

    Cabo from Ginchio
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  • A BIT ABOUT CABO DA ROCA

    The CAPE is located 42 km. west of Lisbon and 18 km. west of Sintra. Its co-ordinates are inscribed on a stone plaque on the monument at the site. The cliff rises out of the Atlantic Ocean to approximately 140 metres above sea level. This wild and majestic site is continental Europe's most western point and a very popular tourist attraction.

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  • CABO DA ROCA MONUMENT

    The stone monument has a plaque on it which reads:CABO DA ROCAAqui...Onde a terra se AcabaE O Mar Comeca (Camoes)Ponta mais ocidental docontinente Europeu Municepal de Sintra 1979Latitude 38' 47' NorteLongitude 9'30'OesteAltitude 140 acima do nivelMedio das aguas CABO DA ROCA"Here...Where the land ends and the Sea Begins(Poet Luis de Camoes )Most...

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  • THE LIGHTHOUSE

    The red and white LIGHTHOUSE which sits on top of the cliff, watches over the sea to help seafarers on their journey. Construction of the Lighthouse was completed in 1772.The Lighthouse stands 72 feet high, with square masonry tower and red lantern. It was automated in 1980.

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