Cabo de São Vicente

Cabo de São Vicente

Cabo de São Vicente Cape St. Vincent, Sagres, Portugal This video is about Cabo de São Vicente Cabo de São Vicente (the Cape of Saint Vincent) is the most southwesterly extremity of Europe. This wind blasted and storm pounded headland is just what visitors expect, for what was considered, up until the 14th century, the end of the known world. The jagged cliffs rise 60 meters from the ferocious seas and high above guarding the busy shipping lines is one of Europe’s brightest lighthouses that can be seen 60 miles away.Henry the Navigator, the father of Portugal’s 17th century Golden Age of Discovery, supposedly spent much of his time based here planning voyages that mapped and explored the unknown region of western Africa. Cabo Sao Vincente is a wild, windswept and remote landscape, and tourists who visit won’t be disappointed. Five kilometres from Sagres, Europe’s southwesternmost point is a barren, thrusting headland that was the last piece of home that nervous Portuguese sailors would have seen as they launched into the unknown. It's a spectacular spot: at sunset you can almost hear the hissing as the sun hits the sea. There’s a wind-whipped former convent and a red lighthouse , which houses the small, but excellent, Museu dos Faróis , which showcases the importance of Sagres in Portugal’s maritime navigation history.The cape – a revered place even in the time of the Phoenicians and known to the Romans as Promontorium Sacrum – takes its present name from a Spanish priest martyred by the Romans. The old fortifications, trashed by Sir Francis Drake in 1587, were later pulverised by the 1755 earthquake.A kilometre before reaching the lighthouse, you'll pass the Fortaleza do Beliche , built in 1632 on the site of an older fortress. The interior, once a hotel, is off-limits, but you can descend a pretty pathway down to near the water. The sheltering walls here make for a more appealing picnic spot than the wind-whipped cape. Read more www.lonelyplanet.com

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