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Farol do cabo da Roca, Sintra

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The Cabo da Roca Lighthouse is a beacon/lighthouse located above the Atlantic Ocean, on Portugal's most westerly extent . It is located in the civil parish of Colares, in the municipality of Sintra, situated on a promontory that juts out into the ocean, made up of granite boulders and interspersed limestone. It is a third-order lighthouse, which originally began operating in 1772. It was the first new purpose-built lighthouse to be constructed in the country: the older lighthouses in existence at that time, were constructed on existing platforms or from pre-existing beacons.HistoryThe initiative to construct the lighthouse came from the Junta Geral da Fazenda do Reino on 1 February 1758, in an order to construct six lighthouses strategically throughout the country to assist navigation.Cabo da Roca lighthouse began operating in 1772, becoming the third oldest lighthouse along the Portuguese coast.During the management of civil engineer Gaudêncio Fontana (1843), the lighthouse was updated with a new rotation platform, comprising sixteen Argand lamps with parabolic reflectors. Yet, by 1865, there were critics of the system, noting the inefficiency of the lighthouse. Over time this was addressed by the installation of a blow-horn signal and the renovation to electric-powered machines. The "electrical" lighthouse began functioning in 1897, with a system that included a backup petroleum lamp. The main unit was a fourth-order optical system, with rotational platform and clock mechanism, and was paired with a steam siren.In 1917 a building was constructed to produce the acetylene gas necessary to power a new lamp system.The siren was replaced in 1932 by a compressed air blow-horn, while a lighthouse radio system was installed in 1937. During the post-World War era a new fourth-order optical system replaced the older mechanism, but was quickly substituted by a third-order lamp with a 3000 Watt lamp. At the end of the 1940s, the site was reached by public water and sewage.
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  • We loved the view of the lighthouse and the stunning coastline. The day we visited it was sunny and calm and not windy at all. We started our hike there and enjoyed being able to look back at the... 
    We loved the view of the lighthouse and the stunning coastline. The day we visited it was sunny and calm and not windy at all. We started our hike there and enjoyed being able to look back at the...  more »
  • This is the place most people would go when they visit Lisbon. It is the west most tip of the Euro-Asian continent. We got there just before sunset. It was gorgeous. One tip is to bring a warm coat.....  more
    This is the place most people would go when they visit Lisbon. It is the west most tip of the Euro-Asian continent. We got there just before sunset. It was gorgeous. One tip is to bring a warm coat.....  more »
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  • Not only this is the most western point in Europe (you'll get to be the most western person in Europe 😜) the views from this place are stunning, you get to enjoy a nice breeze and some beautiful waves breaking from above. It is super high and the terrain is unique. I recommend coming here before sunset and get to enjoy the beautiful sky when there is a good weather.
  • The most western point in Europe! The winds are pretty strong, so hold onto your hats and scarves! The cliffs are amazing and the views are to die for! Sunset-yes! There is plenty of parking space-3 lots- so drive to the very end (don't get discouraged by the cars parked on both sides of the road) There is a small cafe with views and a gift shop as well. Public restrooms. There are a lot of tour buses with tons of tourists, so there might be a bit of a line and a wait to take photos at the cross monument. Worth a stop!

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