Boca do Inferno, Cascais

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    Boca do Inferno

    by slothtraveller Written Jul 11, 2012
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    This deep crevice in the rocky coast near Cascais is a popular draw for tourists, although I personally failed to see why. Maybe the weather was just too nice and the sea too calm when I visited. In fact it looked rather tranquil, quite a letdown considering its name translated into English is 'The Mouth of Hell'!
    Furthermore, a number of restaurants and cafes targeting tourists have sprouted up around Boca do Inferno. I went in to buy an icecream in one of them and did not particularly enjoy the quite surly welcome I received. The whole place seemed to be set out to make money from tourists who had walked the road up from Cascais in the summer heat.
    Personally, I enjoyed the walk from Cascais. Following the coast, there are some pretty houses with azulejo tiling on the walls and the coastline is quite rocky, a sharp contrast to the white sandy beaches of Cascais.

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    by pieter_jan_v Updated Mar 23, 2010

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    Boca do Inferno (or Hell's Mouth) is a coastal rock formation with an inner small sea lake. Dependent on currents and winds the seawater can be pushed upwards here and create a spectacular view. Some of the natural formed caves can be explored.

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    Boca do Inferno,Mouth of Hell

    by Turska Written Mar 17, 2010

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    I think it was worth of a visit!We walked by the pedestrian street at the beach-side,and it was a nice walk,and we didn´t take the bus,even if we saw one going there.I can´t remeber the number of the bus.
    Rocks were beautyful-what more can I say.You must see it yourself.

    They had plenty of people selling water,nuts,ice-cream and such close to the place.We didn´t buy anything,so can´t tell if they were cheap or not.

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    by marielexoteria Written Sep 29, 2009

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    Boca do Inferno is a hole in a cliff where the sea waves comes in, sprays foam and roars violently. On top of the cliffs, there's a viewpoint where you can take in the views safely.

    The erosion from the salt water has formed some caves on the cliffs where you're supposed to hear the sea sound as if hell was breaking loose hehe. The day we visited it, the sun was shining, the sea was calm and we saw several men fishing.

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    by toonsarah Written Jun 21, 2009

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    You can take a pleasant walk along the sea front west of town, with the sea on your left and some vey grand houses on your right. This will bring you after about a mile to the Boca do Inferno. The name translates as the "mouth of Hell", an appropriate name perhaps for this rocky inlet where the sea has hollowed out a number of caves in which the pounding of the waves gives an impressive demonstration of the power of the Atlantic. Or at least in winter it does, or so I understand. At the end of May on a gloriously hot and still morning the sea was decidedly tame. But you didn’t need a lot of imagination to visualise what the scene would look like on a stormy day in winter, as the evidence is all around you in the rocky outcrops, caverns and other formations.

    Nearby are several restaurants and shops, which somewhat reduce the impact of what would otherwise be quite a wild stretch of coastline. It’s rather a shame that they have been allowed to have been built quite so close to the natural phenomenon that draws visitors here. On the other hand, the possibility of buying a cooling ice lolly meant that I was in the end very happy to take advantage of their proximity.

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    by Balam Updated Jun 9, 2009

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    The cliff is 50 to 65 ft high and the Mouth of hell is a natural cave eroded by the sea which on rougher days hammers into the rock creating a booming noise and a spectacular spray.
    When i went the sea was really quite calm, It would be great if the weather was bad.
    There is a small market gift shop and a cafe and restaraunt there

    If you visit Please Respect The Fence's!

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    Boca do Inferno - Classic Ocean Against Cliff Face

    by Mikebb Written Oct 26, 2008

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    Typical of the Atlantic Ocean coastline 15 minutes walk north of Cascais town is the natural bridge created by nature over thousands of years. We visited several times during our stay but the Atlantic Ocean was calm and we did not see the"Inferno" raging.

    There is a viewing platform where you can view the rugged cliff face and watch the local anglers catch a feed of fish.

    Whilst we were there we sighted the local fishmonger in her ancient 3 wheel vehicle stop and sell her fish from the roadside. It must be a regular event as I saw Mercedes cars pull up and the housewives purchase fresh fish.

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    by ElenaKKKK Updated Sep 5, 2006

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    As you have got to Cascais you'll never avoid Boca do Inferno, it's a few mins by bus, but I recommend you to go there on foot. This pleasant walking along the rocky seaside will take you not too much time: 20-30 min, not more.
    And I guess it's really the Devil's Throat in the storm - I was on sunny day there, so it looks not so horrible)))

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    by micas_pt Updated Jan 20, 2004

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    Boca do Inferno could be translated as "Hell's Mouth". It is a very touristy spot, mainly on weekends, as it is only about 3km from Cascais village centre. There is a hole on the rocks and on windy days the waves enter that hole and make a loud frightening noise, therefore the name "Hell's Mouth". On this area you will find a kind of balcony/belvedere to admire the hole/"Mouth" and the sea, as well as some cafes and restaurant. There is also a kind of small fair, selling touristy (and over-priced) stuff. The cafes quality is poor in my opinion.

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    Boca do Inferno / Hell's Mouth

    by Mundus Updated Oct 1, 2003

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    Is located on the west coast of Cascais. It is a huge hole created by the erosion of the sea into the coastal cliffs.

    The name ?Boca do Inferno? which means ?Hell?s Mouth? is given to this place due to the strength of the impact of the sea waves.

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    by cfuentesm Updated Jul 18, 2006
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    Hell's Mouth is locate just outside Cascais. Gret fishing and scary cliffs with violent waters. A fun place to stop for a while.

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