Cabo da Roca
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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.
Cabo da Roca; the most western point of continental Europe offers spectacular views. It is very popular for tour buses in combination with Sintra. Usually, the last buses leave Cabo da Roca in the afternoon. The "Hop On Hop Off" bus stops here several times a day. Public bus transport is offered as well. The line 403 is going from Sintra to Cascais with a stop at Cabo da Roca. There is plenty of parking available, although during the busiest season and at weekends you may have to park your car in the distance.
It was the first lighthouse built in 1772 and got changed in 1842. It is located on cliffs around 150 meters above the sea but not accessible. Cabo da Roca offers tourist information, restaurant, souvenir shop and facilities to pay for. The stone monument with a cross on top has an inscription with a perfect description of the area "Where the land ends and the sea begins".
3 Top Tips
- If you are into hiking and you don't mind steep and slippery trails; don't miss Praia da Ursa. Ursa Beach is one of the most beautiful scenic beaches on earth. Unbelievable, this secluded beach is still a hidden gem.
- Not far away is the small but stunning Adraga beach located. During low tide in summer several caves are accessible. You get excellent fresh fish here at the restaurant.
- Combine Cabo da Roca with a visit of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sintra. Although Sintra has so much to offer. You can spend days here exploring the history, Capuchos Convent or Monserrate Palace to mention just a view of the many sights.
National Palace of Pena - Sintra