Friday, 3 February 2012

Sintra - Cabo da Roca

We decided to take one day trip to Sintra and Cabo da Roca. Actually Cabo da Roca was the main goal of this trip and we only meant to pass through Sintra. However that plan was very flawed. Sintra is a small town but deserves a lot more attention. Due to the lack of time, I managed to stay in Sintra only for about 2-3 hours, just enough time for a short walk and few photos. Getting to Sintra and Cabo da Roca from Lisbon is very easy. First you have to take a train from Lisbon to Sintra departing from the railway station Rossio. It's not a long ride (many people live in Sintra and work in Lisbon) and it's not expensive. To get to Cabo da Roca from Sintra you have to catch a bus going to Cascais. This is the easiest way to get to Cabo da Roca, and doesn't cost much.

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At the bus station there is a small office where you can take a certificate of your visit to this westernmost point of Europe. I dare not speak a lot about it but would rather give the word to the one of the famous Portuguese poets, Luís Vaz de Camões (1524-1580) : "Where the land ends and the sea begins". These words are engraved on the Monument declaring Cabo da Roca the westernmost point of continental Europe. A cross has been erected in this spot as a monument to celebrate the end of the European mainland, and the beginning of the Atlantic Ocean.
Standing on the edge of Europe and looking at the horizon in a direction where another continent lies is a unique feeling.

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1 comment:

  1. It is definetly worth the trip.