Our last stop of the Algarve trip was the visit to the place that before first European expeditions for new lands was deemed as the end of the world. Cape St. Vincent (Cabo de São Vicente) is taken as the southwesternmost tip of Europe and has the most breathtaking views I’ve seen so far. According to the legend, the name is linked to the martyred deacon St. Vincent of Saragossa whose body was brought ashore here by the waves. The cape witnessed a few naval battles.
There is a 24 metres lighthouse there, built in 1846. With its two 1,000 W lamps, which can be seen from the 60 km distance, it’s one of the most powerful lighthouses in Europe.
The Fortress of Sagres is located 3 km from the Cape. It was destroyed by Francis Drake at the end of sixteenth century and by the earthquake in 1755. The one building that remained is the church of Saint Mary of Grace (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça).