Cabo da Roca Travel Guide
All the colours........
the light house
The beauty of the place, the sunsets are amazing!
In a nutshell
Nature. Pure rocky nature.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Natural Park of Sintra and Cascais
As well as being the Westernmost point of Europe, Capo Da Roca forms part of the Sintra Cascais Natural Park, which was established by the Portuguese Government in 1994. (Although it has been a protected site since 1981). The area is Classified and protected by Portuguese...
I'd seen this plant in Malta, but did not know its name.It is pretty....but a deadly invader from South Africa. A succulent which can easily withstand the salty air of windblown cliffs, it swiftly envelops and destroys the indigenous fauna.Its magenta or yellow flowers are...
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...
Cabo da Roca monument: 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...
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...
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...
Cabo da Roca: tiles and other interesting souvenirs
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.
Updated Jun 7, 2009
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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...
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...
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!
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...
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
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