A blustery visit to Cabo da Roca

Whilst researching our break in Portugal I made a list of all the things we wanted to see and do.

One of those things was to visit Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for the colourful Pena Palace, Castle of the Moors, Palacio Quinta da Regaleira and Monserrate Palace and about a half an hour taxi ride from where we were staying at in Cacais.

With the focus on the stunning historical palaces, it is easy to miss that the most western point of mainland Europe lies within the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, so I made sure that a visit to Cabo da Roca was on our itinerary.

Although there are organised tours to Cabo da Roca and Sintra running from Lisbon, we arranged a taxi with Martinhal Cacais to take us to Sintra via Cabo da Roca which cost us €50. The journey took 25 minutes from the hotel and our driver was fantastic, showing us points of interest along the way.

Cabo Da Roca

Cabo Da Roca is set on a cliff top 150 metres above the sea and despite being 16°C that day, the wind was howling in from the Atlantic, making it feel very chilly.

Cabo Da Roca Sintra

The headland itself is marked by a stone monument with a cross on the top. The inscription, on the side of the monument, is a quote from the famous Portuguese poet Luis Camoes (1524–1580) who aptly described the area as “Where the land ends and the sea begins“.

Cabo Da Roca Monument

What Cabo da Roca does offer, are panoramic views over the Serra de Sintra and the coast, which makes it well worth the visit. The main headland area has concrete pathways but the coastal pathways are dusty and rocky to walk on so no good for pushchairs if you fancy tackling them.

Serra de Sintra

That said, Cabo da Roca is a wild and rugged headland, which is perfect for exploring. If you have time to spare, the coastal paths offer a challenging walk, but the views are more than worth it.

Cabo da Roca Stack

Cabo da Roca is almost completely unspoilt by development, with just a carpark, small gift shop, a cafe and the lighthouse.

Lighthouse Cabo Da Roca

The lighthouse was the first purpose-built lighthouse in Portugal and was completed in 1772 but its present form originates from 1842. The lighthouse stands 150m above the ocean, with its light being able to be seen up to staggering 46km away!

Cabo da Roca - Eliza

Cabo da Roca is a very popular location for tourist visits, although it is best combined with a visit to Sintra itself as you don’t spend anymore than an hour there, unless you decide to tackle one of the coastal paths.


The constant strong winds coming off the Atlantic means that all plant life is low-lying and able to grow under the high saline conditions. The boys had great fun charging around, looking at all the different colours.

Plants - Cabo da Roca

If you are visiting Lisbon, Cacais or Sintra for a holiday, then I strongly recommend a visit to Cabo da Roca, the views are spectacular.

Cabo Da Roca family

Have you visited Cabo da Roca?

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36 thoughts on “A blustery visit to Cabo da Roca

  1. This really does look like a magnificient place to explore with the family, the views are beautiful. The boys look in their element running around spotting the different plants around, cliff walks always manage to encourage a burst of energy as they get exploring don’t they? It’s great that it’s undeveloped too, with the lighthouse there it looks like it could be straight from a book.

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

  2. Oh wow what an amazing looking place this looks like to explore, even if it was a bit blustery it seems like you made the most of your time and go to see some really beautiful sites.

  3. Like much of Portugal Cabo do roca is beautiful unspoilt coastal land that is rugged and wild like true nature should be. Your photos are absolutely stunning.

  4. What lovely views! It definitely looks like a baby carrier would be better here than a stroller, I’ll keep that in mind in case we ever make the trip. The views are just spectacular, even on a chilly day!

  5. I love the inscription of where the land and sea begins as you can really see that from your photos. I really love the colours in the flowers as well. It’s all so picture perfect and I would love to visit if I got the chance.

  6. What a stunning location to visit, the cliffs are magnificent. Ihave never been to Portugal my mum has and she always speaks very highly of her visits and the large amount of thing to do and see x

  7. I haven’t visited Cabo da Roca but I do remember how I first heard about it, when a friend of mine went there a few years ago and showed me the photos. The place looks spectacular, with those high cliffs and the ocean underneath them.

  8. I love that it’s unspoilt by development, it’s such a shame when companies take over a historical landmark or beautiful surroundings with unnecessary developments to boost tourism. Looks like a lovely and calming place to visit

  9. oh! It looks like you really had a great time in Cabo da Roca. It seems that Cabo da Roca looks a pretty awesome place to visit with kids.

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