The edge of the world


…Or so it was believed to be until the 14th century, according to some sources.

Cabo da Roca is part of a rugged coastline in the Sintra-Cascais National Park area, just 42 km west of Lisbon, Portugal, with the cape placed as the westernmost point of continental Europe. Sea winds from the raging Atlantic Ocean below the cliffs ensures any surrounding vegetation is low-lying and tolerant to saltwater. There is little development in the area with only a lighthouse, small coffee shop and gift shop available for visitors.

A new friend I’d met in Lisbon had told me about the cape and I was not disappointed. Along with intense hiking trails, he also mentioned that highlining is done along these cliffs: that is walking across a suspended, tight cable while the winds try to knock you off and the waves crash below – talk about an adrenaline rush!

En route returning from Sintra to Lisbon, Cabo da Roca was a wonderful stop to experience the spectacular views, while the Spring sun set over the ocean. I was hoping to find something to marvel at during my travels…and this was one of those moments.


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