First of all, Lighthouses are an attraction. Most of them are not any longer in use. They can be visited from outside only, occasionally from inside. Some of the Lighthouses have a dramatic location, some a touching history and others are simply beautiful.
Currently, a guided tour was offered each day at 3 p.m. Ask at the information center in Eden for the opening hours first.
The Sapphire Coast has an oceanic climate. Winters are mild, windy and drier with an average day temperature of 7°C. Usually, it's quite hot during summer with a day temperature up to 30°C. Most precipitation between spring and summer. The water temperature is refreshing with more than 20°C from summer until autumn (Dec-April). Autumn still is still pleasant.
Whales migrate along the coast in late winter and spring between May/June until November. It's an excellent spot to spot migrating whales.
If visiting Lisbon don't miss the most westerly point of continental Europe and Portugal. Cabo da Roca can get busy during the weekends and around midday. The winter time is quiet and summer the busiest time of the year. To avoid the crowds and for a marvelous atmosphere come here to watch the sunset. During the evening it's less crowded. The scenery is absolutely stunning and picturesque. Gorgeous surroundings during spring when the hills are covered with flower carpets.
Weather Cabo da Roca
Lisbon and the surroundings are a great travel destination throughout the year. Cabo da Roca is windswept frequently. Bring a jacket especially for the evening.
Day temps in spring are pleasant almost 20°C. Nights are a bit chilly 10°-15°C. We love this season; not hot but warm and almost always sunny. Showers can occur occasionally. The coast is covered in colourful flower carpets.
Summer temps are around 25°C – 30°C but consider the powerful sun. July and August are the busiest months with tourists and Portuguese spending their vacation in their home country. These are the driest months of the year.
September is one of our favorite months; still warm but not any longer too hot, nights are cool on average 16°C. October day temps are still above 20°C and November around 18°C. Rain increases in October, however, the maximum is 80 mm in November. That’s not much. However, the coastline looks even more spectacular during strong winds and fog.
In winter the day temps are on average around 15°C, one-digit temps during the night. Precipitation occurs more often, but it’s rare to experience rain the entire day. We’d been at the coast several times in December and January. Often you can even walk barefoot at the beach. The pro; at this season it's quiet and peaceful everywhere except the Christmas time.
The photogenic Low Head Lighthouse is not open to the public. What makes this lighthouse special is the kind of foghorn which is one of only two existing ones in the world. It always only sounds at noon on Sundays. If you plan to visit the penguins during the evening at Low Head have a look to the lighthouse as well but it's not worth a detour.
Best light for this picturesque lighthouse between afternoon and evening. The clouds at Mount Taranaki at the back built up before midday and may disappear in the evening. The lighthouse is open by appointment only: Historic Cape Light and Museum
Best months with less precipitation from January to April. Most rainfall from June to October with its peak in October. Mild and pleasant temps on average around 20°C from December to April. Snow and frost are not common in winter, but it gets pretty chilly around the night with temps on average around 5°C.
Lighthouse and area are open until 5 p.m. Afterwards the whole area is closed. There isn't any chance to watch the sunrise or sunset at this remote and dramatically located lighthouse.