Cabo da Roca - Westernmost point of Europe

Tripoto
13th Jun 2017
Day 1

Cabo da Roca

Photo of Cabo da Roca, Estrada do Cabo da Roca, Azóia, Portugal by Pranav Harish

Cabo da Roca, also known as Cape Roca, forms the westernmost point of continental Europe. It is situated approximately 40 km from Lisbon, Portugal. This wild and rugged headland was once considered to be the "end of the world". Exploring this beautiful place gives a sense of achievement.

This area is completely isolated with just a lighthouse and a coffee shop, and the rugged landscape along the massive cliffs only adds to the allure of this location. It is at a location 38°47′N 9°30′W, southwest of Sintra. One can reach this wonderful location either by bus from Sintra or Cascais or can hitchhike from Sintra like the way I did since it is very easy to catch a ride from Sintra as hordes of people visit this place.

38°47′N 9°30′W

Photo of Cabo da Roca - Westernmost point of Europe by Pranav Harish

Lighthouse, Cabo da Roca

Photo of Cabo da Roca - Westernmost point of Europe by Pranav Harish

Walking along the massive jagged cliffs of Cabo da Roca as the raging Atlantic waves pound at the base of the cliffs is an outright pleasure. The attractive landscape, desolate scenery, windswept cliffs and wonderful hiking trails along the coastal path only adds to the unique experience of visiting Cape Roca.

Photo of Cabo da Roca - Westernmost point of Europe by Pranav Harish

This is the point where the land ends and the sea begins. One can stand here for hours, staring perplexed at the breathtaking views while battling the daring winds which sweeps you away with its majestic force.

Photo of Cabo da Roca - Westernmost point of Europe by Pranav Harish
Photo of Cabo da Roca - Westernmost point of Europe by Pranav Harish

The perfect time to enjoy Cabo da Roca is during sunset, undoubtedly. The Serra de Sintra here abruptly meets the Atlantic Ocean in a cliff of more than 100 m high. However, there is actually not that much to see apart from the Atlantic coast in all its splendour. You can get a certificate of your presence at the westernmost point of Europe as a souvenir.

Photo of Cabo da Roca - Westernmost point of Europe by Pranav Harish

This lovely place was the perfect "conclusion" to my journey, a place of greener grass and bluer sea. Idyllic, peaceful, serenity at its best. A must visit for anyone traveling to this part of Europe, undeniably unique.

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