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Cape Roca

Powerful Atlantic waves crash into the high sheer cliffs at this rugged patch of headland, the westernmost point of continental Europe. 

Cape Roca, or Cabo da Roca as it’s known in Portuguese, is a dramatic, wind-battered tract of headland located at the most westerly point of mainland Europe. Admire the wild and windswept coastal scenery, follow trails along the cliffs and take photos of the monument that marks the spot as the westernmost on the continent. 

As you explore the cape, cast your imagination back to centuries past when the fact that the Earth was round was not common knowledge. Back then, many people believed this spot was not just the edge of Europe but also the edge of the world. 

Look for the Cape Roca lighthouse, which stands sentry on the 473-foot-tall (144-meter) cliffs above the ocean, projecting its light out to warn sailors of the dangers ahead. The original Cape Roca structure constructed in 1772 was one of the first purpose-built lighthouses in Portugal. The current lighthouse is a later construction dating back to 1842.  

Also visible on the headland is a stone monument with a cross on top. Read the inscription on the stone, a quote from famous Lisbon-born poet Luís Vaz de Camões. The quote, which was written about Cape Roca, translates to: “Here… where the land ends and the sea begins.”

Follow one of several cliffside paths and admire views of the turbulent waves below. Because of its exposed nature, the cape is usually very windy. Wear appropriate clothing and be sure to stand at a safe distance from the cliff edge, particularly when taking photographs. Time your visit to coincide with sunset for the most scenic vistas. 

Find Cape Roca 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Lisbon and about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Cascais. Driving from Lisbon will take about 45 minutes. Alternatively, ride the Sintra-bound bus from Cascais or take a taxi. Entry is free and parking is available on-site. Before leaving, stop at the gift shop for souvenirs.


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Quinta do Cabo Guesthouse

Quinta do Cabo Guesthouse

Rua da Cova Funda 9, Sintra
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Azoia, this guesthouse is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Adrenunes Dolmen and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Cape Roca. Guincho Beach and Capuchos Convent are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Casa do Moinho, Villa With a Heated Covered Pool Near the Beach in Sintra,

Casa do Moinho, Villa With a Heated Covered Pool Near the Beach in Sintra,

Quinta da Barroquela, Ulgueira-Colares
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach in Sintra, this romantic property is close to Adrenunes Dolmen, Cape Roca and Capuchos Convent. Local attractions also include Macas Beach.

Pura Vida Atlantic Lodge

Pura Vida Atlantic Lodge

Rua dos Moinhos, 9, Sintra
3.5 out of 5.0

This guesthouse is located in Sintra (Azoia), close to Adrenunes Dolmen, Guincho Beach and Cape Roca. Local attractions also include Capuchos Convent.

Portugal 100227 3 Bedroom Villa By Mo Rentals

Portugal 100227 3 Bedroom Villa By Mo Rentals

N247, Sintra
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Sintra, this villa is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Adrenunes Dolmen and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Cape Roca. Capuchos Convent and Macas Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Convento de São Saturnino

Convento de São Saturnino

Rua do Campo da Bola, Colares, Sintra
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a national park, this country house is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Adrenunes Dolmen and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Cape Roca. Guincho Beach and Capuchos Convent are also within 6 miles (10 km).

House/villa W/pool, Garden and Wonderful sea View

House/villa W/pool, Garden and Wonderful sea View

Rua de Valmarinha, Colares
0.0 out of 5.0

This property is located in Sintra (Almocageme), close to the beach, Adrenunes Dolmen, Macas Beach and Cape Roca. Local attractions also include Capuchos Convent and Monserrate Palace.

Arribas Sintra Hotel

Arribas Sintra Hotel

Avenida Alfredo Coelho 28, Praia Grande, Sintra
3.0 out of 5.0

This Colares hotel is on the beach, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Macas Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Adrenunes Dolmen and Quinta da Regaleira. Monserrate Palace and Capuchos Convent are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Biscaia Atlantic View by Lisbon Coast

Biscaia Atlantic View by Lisbon Coast

Rua Biscaia, 408, Malveira da Serra, Cascais
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Cascais, this villa is close to Adrenunes Dolmen, Guincho Beach and Cape Roca. Local attractions also include Capuchos Convent.