Cabo da Roca

Cabo Da Roca

Cabo da Roca is a wild and rugged headland that marks the most westerly point of mainland Europe. The windswept cliffs of Cabo de Roca were believed to be the edge of the world up until the up until the late 14th century and the spectacular, desolate scenery adds to the allure of the location. The raging Atlantic Ocean waves pound the base of the massive jagged cliffs while challenging hiking trails follow the coastal paths.

 

The isolated atmosphere of Cabo da Roca is enhanced by the very limited development in the area; there is a lighthouse, coffee shop and gift shop but nothing much else. This wind blasted and dramatic landscape is the attraction and this is what most visitors expect for the western edge Europe or end of the world.

 

There is no entrance fee or parking charges at Cape Roca. Most visitors spend between 30-60 minutes viewing the cliffs, the monument and lighthouse. There are coastal paths for longer visits but the bracing wind usually limits visitor’s stays. Sunset is the best time of day to visit with the sun setting over the ocean but unfortunately this time does not always align in with limited bus services.

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