Cabo da Roca is one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the Atlantic Ocean. Getting there from Lisbon independently means being able to choose two itineraries, here are our tips.
If you are in Portugal, even if only for a few days, you cannot miss the ocean. So here's how to reach the westernmost point of the European continent, Cabo da Roca, starting from Lisbon and crossing Cascais and Sintra. Portugal boasts over 1700 km of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, with very long beaches such as those of Costa de Caparica where many surf or those of Nazare where you can see glimpses of Portuguese life, with fishermen fixing their nets, their colorful boats and fish left to dry in the sun. From north to south you are spoiled for choice, between fine sand and suggestive cliffs! However, if you are in Lisbon for a few days but still don't want to miss the unique thrill of walking along the ocean, then I recommend that you dedicate a few hours of your stay to visit Cascais or Sintra and from here with a half hour by bus to reach Cabo da Roca. This is the westernmost point of the European continent, a cliff overlooking the ocean, with a characteristic lighthouse and lots of unspoiled nature all around. The starting point is always Lisbon. from Cais do Sodré station, not far from Praça do Comércio, trains depart very frequently to reach the center of Cascais, an elegant town on the ocean where you can stroll among trendy shops and crowded beaches. By detaching yourself from the mundane center, and walking towards the east coast, you will already have a first contact with the ocean, between ocher-colored rocks and the first waves to move the scene, as in a painting. If you feel like walking or cycling, from here you can reach the Boca do Inferno, a suggestive glimpse where the conformation of the rocks gives life to sounds that seem infernal. It is actually a true paradise, and if you have the time, it is worth a stop! If you prefer to see Sintra, the town located on a hill and famous for its Palazzo da Pena, then you will have to start from the very central Rossio station of Lisbon and consider a few more hours to dedicate to visiting its beauties. Sintra, included by Unesco among the World Heritage Sites, in fact, boasts numerous historic buildings: Real, da Pena, de Regaleira to that of Monserrate. Do not miss the Castello do Mouros from which you can enjoy a fantastic view over the city and the park of Sintra. The two towns of Cascais and Sintra are joined by line 403; a bus that in both cases will take you to Cabo da Roca in less than half an hour. Here you will find a rock with the words of the famous Lusitanian poet Luis de Camões "Waves on the ground se acaba eo mar começa ..." that perfectly describe this place: the one where the earth ends and the sea begins. Infinite sea before your eyes! The wind will be very strong, get ready; but it will be worth it. The rugged coast, the cliff overlooking the Atlantic, the green of the surrounding nature, the meadows covered with heather will make this place truly magical. And if you want to take home proof of your visit, you can enter the lighthouse, which houses the tourist office and issues a certificate that will testify to everyone that you actually passed through the western point of the European continent.