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Cabo da Roca

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Cabo da Roca is a cape at the west coast of Portugal in the Lisbon Region. It is the westernmost point of the European continent, which is the main reason for visiting it. The views from the cape are quite spectacular, and if you wish you can use Cabo da Roca as the starting point for walking trails along the coast.


The European mainland has many more places that are considered to be 'the end of the world', but Cabo da Roca really is the westernmost point that you can visit on the continent, at 9°30′2″ W. The Serra de Sintra here abruptly meets the Atlantic Ocean in a cliff of more than 100 m high. The cape is wind-swept, and even in the middle of Summer can be cold enough for a jacket or sweater. When weather permits, the views of the cliff are breathtaking.

Cabo da Roca and its lighthouse

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Cabo da Roca is some 3kms off the N247 coastal road that runs from Cascais to Sintra. It takes about 30 minutes from Sintra and 25 minutes from Cascais to reach the cape.

By bus[edit]

Bus 403 runs regularly between Sintra and Cascais and stops at Cabo da Roca. It takes 35 minutes from Sintra and 25 minutes from Cascais. Both towns can be easily reached from Lisbon by train. For information on bus prices and timetables, see the Scotturb website.

Transfer By private vehicle[edit]

The easiest way to get to Cabo da Roca from Lisbon is to book a private transfer Transfer website

Get around[edit]

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There is actually not that much to see apart from the Atlantic coast in all its splendour. There is a lighthouse on the cape that is not open to visitors, and there is a monument with a plaque stating that this is the westernmost point of Europe - a popular spot for a picture.


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If you feel like spending you can get a certificate of your presence at the westernmost point of Europe.

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Stay safe[edit]

Be careful at the cliff side, it is a steep drop into the Atlantic Ocean.

Get out[edit]

Cabo da Roca is part of the Parque Nacional de Sintra-Cascais, which offers many options for outdoor recreation

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