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Cabo da Roca or Cape Roca is a cape which forms the westernmost point of the Sintra Mountain Range, of mainland Portugal, of continental Europe, and of the Eurasian land mass.

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-Cabo da Roca is a must-see for its breathtaking views
-The 403 bus from Sintra to Cabo da Roca is 4-5 euros
-Sintra should be visited before or after Cabo da Roca
-Enjoy the peace and quiet of nature at Cabo da Roca

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How to visit Cabo da Roca ?

Cabo da Roca is a must-visit destination in Portugal for several reasons. Firstly, it is the westernmost point of mainland Europe, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. It is also an excellent spot for nature lovers and photographers, thanks to its dramatic cliffs, picturesque lighthouse, and surrounding natural park, Sintra-Cascais.

To get to Cabo da Roca, you can take a bus (number 403) from Cascais or Sintra, which takes around 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive there, following the signs towards the town of Colares and then heading west to Cabo da Roca.

It is not necessary to book anything in advance for a visit to Cabo da Roca, as there is no entrance fee, and the area is open to the public all year round. However, if you plan to explore the nearby Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, you may want to book a guided tour or hike in advance.

The costs associated with visiting Cabo da Roca are minimal. You will need to pay for transportation and any food or souvenirs you decide to purchase. The bus fare from Cascais or Sintra is around €4.25 one-way.

Some of the best things to do at Cabo da Roca include:
1. Exploring the lighthouse and its small museum.
2. Walking along the cliffside trails for stunning views of the ocean.
3. Taking photographs of the picturesque landscape.
4. Visiting the nearby Sintra-Cascais Natural Park for hiking and wildlife-spotting.

For dining options near Cabo da Roca, consider:
1. Moinho Dom Quixote: A unique restaurant-bar situated in a former windmill, offering Portuguese cuisine with a view.
2. Refúgio da Roca: A popular seafood restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and delicious dishes.
3. Bar do Guincho: A beachside bar and restaurant with a relaxed vibe, serving fresh seafood and Mediterranean dishes.

Accommodation options near Cabo da Roca include:
1. Arribas Sintra Hotel: A modern hotel with stunning ocean views and a swimming pool, located just a short drive from Cabo da Roca.
2. Casalinho de Stº António: A charming bed and breakfast with a garden and terrace, situated in the nearby village of Colares.
3. The Lodge Ronda: A cozy guesthouse with a rustic design, offering a relaxing atmosphere and beautiful surroundings in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

Off the beaten path:
For a unique experience near Cabo da Roca, consider hiking the lesser-known trails within the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. One such trail is the "Percurso Pedestre da Rota do Guincho," a 12-kilometer loop that takes you through diverse landscapes, including forests, sand dunes, and rugged cliffs overlooking the ocean. This trail offers a chance to spot a variety of wildlife, such as seabirds, deer, and foxes, and provides stunning views of the nearby Guincho Beach and Cabo da Roca.

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Cabo da Roca, Facing the Atlantic ocean 

Cabo da Roca has located about 40 km from Lisbon, and if it is so well known, it is due to its position: it is indeed the most western point of Europe!

You can take advantage of a trip to Sintra or your visit to Cascais to discover this natural site where the wind blows strongly. 

It is normal because you will be on the edge of a 150 meters high cliff that overhangs the ocean.
The landscape that offers itself to you here will delight any nature lover, with on one side the stretch of water that seems infinite, and on the other the mountains of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

It is worth noting that in the 17th century, a fort stood here and served as an observation and surveillance point to control ships.

Given the visibility that this point of view offers, it is easy to understand why!

What to do in Cabo da Roca

The area of Cabo da Roca lends itself perfectly to a walk, which will allow you to breathe fresh air and take some great shots of Portuguese nature. 

But be careful not to get too close to the shore or take selfies... there have been several deaths of unwary tourists in recent years.

On the spot, you will find the Farol do Cabo da Roca, the lighthouse built in 1772 which is the third oldest building of its kind in Portugal.
You can visit it if you pass by on a Wednesday afternoon. Its powerful light makes it visible from a distance of 46 km!

The landscape that is offered to you here will delight any nature lover, with on one side the stretch of water that seems infinite, and on the other the mountains of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

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Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Cabo da Roca

How to get to Cabo da Roca?

The easiest way to get to Cabo da Roca is to rent a car and follow the N247 road.

 The Cape is about 15 km from Cascais and only a little more from Sintra.

Otherwise, you have two choices:

  • By bus: Omnibus 403, on the way to Sintra or Cascais.

 It is picked up at the respective stations of these cities and runs every 30 minutes from 8:40 to 20:40.  
It takes 25 minutes from Cascais and 35 minutes from Sintra
(about 4 euros per ticket - round trip 6.60 euros)

  • By Taxi: count between 35 and 50 euros from Cascais, round trip

From Lisbon, you must first reach Cascais or Sintra if you wish to use public transportation

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