Portugal, Part 5: Cabo da Roca & Praia da Adraga

On day 5 we took bus 403 from Sintra to the lighthouse at Cabo da Roca, the most Western point of the European mainland, and by pure luck we arrived just as the morning fog started to drift away from the coast and revealed the most beautiful sight. This place definitely made me feel like this was the edge of the world :)

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Then, the plan was to hike to Praia da Adraga about 2km up the coast. However… we only got about halfway there, to the amazing Praia da Ursa, when the trail turned into thorny waist-high bushes and we (to my big regret) had to admit defeat, walk back in the burning sun and catch the bus instead. But the view at Praia da Ursa was worth the little detour.

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We took the bus from Cabo da Roca to the little town of Almocageme (which I learned I had completely mis-pronounced, and it is in fact something like ‘Almosasjem’) where we bought some water, fruit and an ice cream, and walked for what seemed like forever downhill before we finally reached Praia da Adraga and the cold water of the North Atlantic Ocean, where we spent the rest of the day exploring the caves and resting in the sun.

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On our last night in Sintra before we left for Lisbon to explore the capitol for a few days before flying home, the weather was quite amazing and it seemed like a proper beautiful goodbye as we explored some of the less tourist-y streets  and the outskirts of town.

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I will blog the last part of this series, from our days in Lisbon, tomorrow :)

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