Roca Cape

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Basic info

Type of attraction

Cape with Lighthouse

Portuguese name

Cabo da Roca & Farol

Location

Estrada do Cabo da Roca, 2705-001 Colares

Website
Email
+351 219 237 300

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How to visit

Prices

Lighthouse is closed to visitors indefinitely for renovation works.

Free access
  • Acess to the cape area
Opening times

Closed to visitors indefinitely for renovation works.

Location

Estrada do Cabo da Roca, 2705-001 Colares

Public transports

Lisbon > Sintra:
Train (CP) – Sintra Line

Sintra (train station) > Cabo da Roca:
Bus 1253 (Carris)

or

Portela de Sintra > Estrada do Cabo da Roca:
Bus 1624 (Carris)
+ 27 min walk to the Lighthouse

More details

  • It’s the westernmost point of continental Europe
  • Cabo da Roca Lighthouse: one of the oldest operating in Portugal.

1758 – A Pombaline permit orders the construction of six lighthouses, one of which to be located in Cabo da Roca.

1772 – The Cabo da Roca Lighthouse starts operating.

1843 – The lighthouse undergoes significant upgrades. Parabolic reflectors operates on olive oil. A clockwork mechanism provides the rotational movement.

1883 – An electric light with an audible warning system is installed.

1917 – An acetylene gas production unit is put in place.

1932 – The sound signal is replaced with a compressed air system.

1946-47 – Upgrade of the optical mechanism.

1982 – Electrification (electric-mermaid device).

1990 – Automation process.

the surroundings

  • Sanctuary of Peninha (6.1 km)
  • Convent of Capuchos (10.4 km)
  • Guincho Beach (11.2 km)
  • Quinta do Pisão (11.7 km)
  • Refúgio da Roca (2,1 km)
  • Casa do Mar Sem Fim (2,2 km)
  • Moinho Dom Quixote (2,8 km)
  • Restaurante da Adraga (4,4 km)
  • Toca do Júlio (4,6 km)

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