Cape St. Vincent

Driving to the End of the World

It is more than 20 years ago since I first drove to Cape St. Vincent (Cabo São Vicente in Portuguese), but I still remember it as if it was only yesterday. There was a strong chilly wind that almost blew me away when I made pictures of the scenery. And there were fewer tourists then, so you could take in the magnificent landscape at ease.

Nowadays, lots and lots of people want to photograph the southwesternmost point of Portugal and of mainland Europe. And eat the last hotdog before you reach America… I am not making this up; there is such a food stand and it is very successful!

Anyway, before the discovery of America, this location was indeed the end of the world. Legend has it that you could hear the sun hiss in the ocean during sunset…

Granted, this is a remarkable landscape! Moreover, it has been the scene of many naval battles and pirates plundered the area around the cape numerous times…

By the way, in the first picture, you can clearly see the fort and the lighthouse, which was built in the 19th century on the remains of a monastery and is one of the most powerful in Europe. And that is not a coincidence since there is a lot of naval traffic in this area.

Between the nearby village of Sagres – which is very touristic, by the way – and the cape, there are a couple of restaurants. We had dinner in one of them; it was nice and quite cheap, but not splendid. Funny anecdote: a group of Italian tourists were very shocked when their mixed salad was served without mozzarella!

Join us next time on a trip in another corner of Europe!