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Cabo da Roca

Enjoy spectacular views from the westernmost point of continental Europe.

TravelCurious Tip

Bring a picnic if you plan to stay for a while, as there is not much there apart from a lighthouse, a coffee shop and a gift house!

“Aqui, onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa…”

Here, where the land ends and the sea begins — this is how Luís de Camōes, one of Portugal’s most revered poets, described the Cabo da Roca in his The Lusiads. This cape is the westernmost part of continental Europe, and has long held a romantic significance in the hearts of people. After all, until the late 14th century it was believed to be the edge of the world. The Romans knew it as Promontorium Magnum, and during the Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th century it was known simply as the Rock of Lisbon.


Cliffhanger

The western coast of Portugal is a mix of tranquil sandy beaches and surging rocky cliffs. Around Cabo da Roca, the latter are in force: the surrounding cliffs are more than 100 metres in height, carved by the elements from crystalline rocks.


Sadly a good deal of the natural wildlife has been lost. Several decades ago residents introduced the invasive plant species Carpobrotus edulis as ground cover, but the creeping, mat-forming plant has since overrun much of the land on Cabo da Roca. Nonetheless the views remain spectacular. Watch the sun rise over the mountains to the east, or watch it sink into the dark waves of the Atlantic to the west.

Nearby Attractions

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Monserrate Palace
The traditional summer resort of the Portuguese Royal Family.
Quinta da Regaleira
This romantic UNESCO World Heritage Site displays the wealth and extravagance of the Portuguese elite.
Tuk Tuk in Sintra
Discover the city in a unique way aboard a tuk-tuk.
Fountain of the little birds
An Islamic pavilion with a hexagonal footprint topped by a dome, and inside between some benches a fountain with clear water.
Well of Initiation
This ceremonial well features a spiral staircase into a tunnel system that connects it to other monuments and caves around the park.
Portal of the Guardians
One of the main features is the Portal of the Guardians which stands at one end of a courtyard. This long curved structure is flanked by two towers with a central pavilion, hiding the entrance to a tunnel that leads to the Initiation Well.

Related Tours

Private Day Trip: Sintra, Pena Palace, Cascais and Cabo da Roca
Step into a world of hilltop castles, fairytale palaces, and jaw dropping views of the Atlantic  on this cultural, historical, and visual feast. Just 20 miles from the centre of Lisbon, Sintra is a town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains home to Pena Palace. Cape Roca or Cabo da Roca is the cape which forms the western most point of continental Europe and Cascais is a charming coastal town known for its pretty sandy beaches and busy port. On your private full day tour, you will:

  • Travel in the comfort of the private vehicle and guide from Lisbon
  • Enjoy a fully guided private tour of the Pena Palace, including the Palace interior (Palace and Park tickets included)
  • After free time for lunch in Sintra town, you will enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a drive through Sintra Natural Park.
  • Admire the cliffside views at Cabo da Roca, as you stand on the western-most point of continental Europe. 
  • Enjoy a guided walk through the charming seaside town of Cascais.
  • Hop back in your private transport for an easy transfer back to Lisbon.

Your all-inclusive private excursion led by an experienced local guide starts early with pick up from your hotel in Lisbon to ensure that you avoid the queues and crowds at Pena Palace, which will guarantee you get to visit the interior rooms of the Palace. Today Portugal's most famous attraction, the Pena Palace was built in the 19th century as a summer home for Portuguese royalty. It was built by King Ferdinand II who had a very flamboyant and larger than life taste. It is an adaptation of 16th-century monastery ruins and an imitation of a medieval fortress. The Palace boasts spectacular views over the natural park and Lisbon (on a clear day). 

After your morning tour, enjoy free time for lunch in Sintra town after which you will enjoy a scenic drive through Sintra Natural Park to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe, before heading to Cascais a charming coast town home to the medieval Nossa Senhora da Luz Fort and the Citadel Palace, a former royal retreat. On the day of your visit, your guide will give you the option to customise the afternoon part of your tour, either spending a short amount of time in both locations or favouring more time in one of these, if there is an activity you particularly want to do!

The tour ends in Cascais, after which you'll be dropped back off at your hotel in Lisbon.
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