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Fim da Europa / Sintra - Cabo da Roca / 17 Km / 1 January
Sintra - Volta do Duche

Sintra was a royal sanctuary for centuries, having captured the attention of many with its densely wooded landscape and pastel-hued manors and palaces.

The National Palace of Sintra, a mix of Moorish and Manueline style, is characterized by its stunning twin chimneys and elaborate tiles.

Built on a hilltop in the 19th century, the National Pena Palace is famous for its extravagant architecture and breathtaking views.

The race starts at Volta do Duche, nearby Sintra’s Train Station and Sintra’s City Council.

This street covers the route towards Sintra’s historical centre and is filled with treats:  the “Fábrica das Verdadeiras Queijadas de Sapa” (Sintra’s original queijadas), the entrance to the Anjos Teixeira Museum, the entrance to the Liberdade Park, the Moorish Fountain, as well as temporary art exhibits that liven up the street. You will also encounter handicraft markets and an array of artists showcasing their craft.  

Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe.  It’s located in the town of Colares, Sintra, in the district of Lisbon. Tourists can visit an area that reaches an altitude of 140 m.

The Cape forms the westernmost point of the Sintra Mountain Range, extending into the Atlantic Ocean.

Its geographic coordinates are N 38º46'51", W 9º30'2".

Luís Vaz de Camões has described it has the place “Where the land ends and the sea begins” (in Os Lusíadas, Canto III).

Visitors are introduced to the Cape by an engraved stone plaque that marks this geographical wonder. The Cape is home to a diverse flora, including a number of species found nowhere else in the world, and has been the subject of several studies that comprehend geomorphology, among others.

There you can also find a lighthouse (Farol do Cabo da Roca) and a gift shop. The Cape is part of the Natural park of Sintra-Cascais, an area with excellent access roads and of great touristic interest, which contributes to a high number of visitors.

You can often find groups of motorcyclists gathering at the Cape on Sundays.