The highlight of the next day’s walking was to visit the Cabo Do Roca – the westernmost point of the European mainland. Called Promontorium Magnum by the Romans and before the Age of the Explorers was thought to be the Edge of the World.
But before heading off on the next sector of our walk we spent a relaxing morning at The Sao Saturnino. Breakfast isn’t served until after 9am and we also wanted to wander around the maze of buildings and the gardens. Here are some pictures of this beautiful location.
Sao Saturnino Entrance
Sao Saturnino Library
Sea Views from The Sao Saturnino
Leaving The Convento da Sao Saturnino
So, late morning we headed off from the Convento, through the village of Azoia, to the Cabo da Roca. “The phrase that is most attached to this outcrop is ‘where the land ends and the sea begins’ which was coined by Luis de Camoes, the 16th century Portuguese poet.” [Route Brochure].
Approaching the Cabo da Roca
Cabo da Roca
The Monument at Cabo da Roca
What it says on the Monument
The Atlantic Ocean at Cabo da Roca
The Lighthouse at Cabo da Roca
The lighthouse was built in 1772 and stands 144 metres above the cape which itself stands 140 metres above sea level.
Our paths continued, with some diversions due to the January storms, mostly along the coastline to the famous Praia Grande. PG is one of the largest stretches of sandy beach on the Portuguese coast. The name means Big Beach and is extremely popular with surfers all year round. Our hotel was perfectly situated right on the beach and our room overlooked the pounding waves and the hotel’s huge 100 metre swimming pool.