The story and history
You know for many people The End of the World is a point in time. In Portugal it is a place. It is that point on the map you put your finger on and 1/3 of the finger stays on the continent and the 2/3 falls into the ocean.
The Cape of St. Vincent in Sagres, Cabo de São Vicente is the extreme southern-western point of the European continent and it was considered the End of the World, by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Carthaginians.
The name of St. Vincent comes from a IV century legend, which says a Spanish priest was martyred here and his body was brought ashore. The Romans considered this spot magic, here, because the sunset was much larger than anywhere else. The Cape was the scene of many plunderings and battles along time. Columbus was shipwrecked off Cape St. Vincent in 1476. That couldn’t have been pretty. Because the scenery here is really wild and rescue unfriendly.
As I have stayed on its cliffs, the wind, combined with the impressive height of the cliffs, which are more than 75 meters and almost vertical, gave me the feeling of smallness. Of being an ant in front of a hurricane. It was cool. And amazing.
This is where it is Cape St. Vincent is on the map:
Hitchhicking happy stories:
The place in itself is 7 km away from the closest town which is Sagres. But if you dont have a car, just hitchhike or take a bus. There are bus lines from Sagres, Lagos…Budapest (I am not sure about that one). My waiting times while hitchhicking was about 2 minutes. Portughese are really ready to give you a lift, and amazing stories will pamper your ears on the ride. The people from Algarve have amazing, slow motion lives. In the most positive sense. This place is blessed by something. I havent yet figured out what it is and I don’t think it matters. But once you arrive here, you are at peace. With yourself, with your thoughts. All you see is white houses with colourful painted windows, surfers, tanned people eating mangos while walking and I havent heard anyone raise their voice and showing any sign of losing their patience. Most of the people, not everyone, smiles. You can have long red hair on your legs and wear a Prada cocktail dress. They dont care. They just look into your eyes and treat you kind.
Ok, let’s o back to our story
The lighthouse built in 1846, is 24 meters high and the second most powerful in Europe. Its two 1,000 W lamps can be seen as far as 90 kilometres away out to sea.
Was the sunset amazing as they say it is? Weaaaalllll, hm…buh..not for me. I spent more time watching the local fishermen hoping for a good fish catch. It was not the best one but they didnt seem to worry.
The sunset I found amazing is the one on the beach of Castelejo. On the wstern coast. I will post about that soon.
But if you want to find an ocean beast and don’t know where to look, the Cape of St. Vincent is a good place to start.