Travel to Portugal

Day 5 Boca do Inferno, Cabo da Roca, Óbidos (246 Km.)

(in 19 km.) Boca do Inferno: Our first visit of the day is the Boca del infierno (Hell's Mouth), located on the seaside cliffs just in the outskirts of Cascais. It is a limestone arch eroded by the force of the sea waves. Possibly this place was formerly a cave, but the collapse of the upper layers formed the current open air chasm. It is especially impressive, in the days of strong waves, to see how the waves roar when entering the cavity, producing abundant foam.

Cascais - Boca do Inferno

Cascais - Boca do Inferno

(in 7 km.) Praia do Gincho: This beach, which has a shoreline of approximately 800 metres, has preferred surfing conditions and is popular for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. This beach was famously featured in the pre-titles sequence of the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. We had a bath on it, but it was not very pleasured because the fact that the waves and wind mean it is not suitable as a beach for swimming and sunbathing, particularly for people with young children.

Praia do Gincho

Praia do Gincho

(in 11 km.) Cabo da Roca: Cabo da Roca is the cape located at the westernmost point of continental Portugal and, therefore, of the Iberian Peninsula, continental Europe and Eurasia. Its coordinates (38 ° 47'N 9 ° 30'W) are inscribed on a stone plaque of the monument of the place. The cliff emerges from the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 140 meters above sea level. Above the cliff there is a lighthouse, a shop for tourists and a restaurant.

Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca

The western coast is a mixture of sand beaches and rocky cliff promontories: around Cabo da Roca, cliffs are more than 100 metres in height, and cut into crystalline rocks, composed of strongly folded and faulted sedimentary units. These forms are disturbed by dikes and small beaches.

(in 29 km.) Rio de Mouro: At noon we will rest and relax in the pool of our accommodation, Quinta de Paioes, where we were exquisitely cared for by his host Angelo and enjoyed some excellent breakfasts.

Óbidos - Aqueduct

Óbidos - Aqueduct

(in 90 km.) Óbidos: After the break we go late in the afternoo a Óbidosn with the aim of avoiding the huge amount of tourists who travel the main streets of this city. The first monument to highlight is located next to the parking lot. It is the aqueduct of Óbidos, also known as the aqueduct of Usseira. It was built by Catherine of Austria around 1570 and is built of stone masonry and has a longitude of 3 km. We enter the old town through the Porta da Vila, a medieval door that crosses the wall and that stands out for the chapel and the blue tiles of the eighteenth century on its interior side.

Óbidos

Óbidos

The main street of the city is the Rua Direita, which takes us from the Porta da Vila, in the lower part, to the castle located in the upper part of this walled city. As we go up this street full of souvenir shops and places to taste the ginja, a local cherry liqueur served in a cup of chocolate, we passed by the Igreja de Santa Maria and the Igreja de São Tiago. We enter the castle grounds, a good example of medieval Portuguese fortification, erected in the 12th century on a small hill. As result of various architectural interventions over the centuries, is integrated into the whole of the village, which preserves its medieval characteristics almost intact.

Óbidos - Castle

Óbidos - Castle

The castle, with an irregular rectangular floor, mixes elements of the Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline and Baroque styles, distributed in two main areas: the castelejo (current Pousada Del Castillo) and the intramural neighborhood. The perimeter of the walls, reinforced by square and cylindrical towers, reaches 1,565 meters. At sunset we return to the street Josefa de Óbidos. Almost all the restaurants were full. We had dinner in the Lounge restaurant, which we did not recommend, because they thought more in the money than in the customer.

(in 90 km.) Rio de Mouro: We go back to our accommodation.