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Farol do Cabo da Roca

"Where the land ends and the sea begins" - Cam髊s


The Cape Roca Lighthouse is located at the cape with the same name in Colares, Sintra. It is the most western lighthouse of mainland Portugal and mainland Europe. Its construction began in February 1758 and was operational 14 years later, in 1772. It was also the first lighthouse built from scratch in Portugal.

The tower is 22 meters high and the light is located 165m above mean sea level. Its flashing light can be seen aproximately 48 km offshore. Today, the lighthouse is fully automatic and power by photovoltaic energy.

The nearby Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca) was known to the Romans as 'Promontorium Magnum' and during the Age of Sail as the Rock of Lisbon. The Portuguese poet Luis de Cam髊s (16th century) defined Cabo da Roca as the place "where the land ends and the sea begins".

In WS you can see a picture of the rocks at Praia da Ursa.


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