Portugal is a truly magnificent country, and is a treasure-trove of natural and cultural wonders. Head towards the southern coast of Portugal and you will experience one of her finest attractions.
Cape St.Vincent was considered a sacred site even during Neolithic times. It was known during this period as ‘Ophiussa’, which means the Land of Serpents. The land was named the edge of the world because at this time it was believed the sun sank into the ocean at this location.
Modern History and Naval Battles
There were many legendary naval battles fought at Cape St.Vincent. The earliest was in 1337 when a Castilian fleet conquered a Portuguese fleet during the ‘Battle of Cape St.Vincent’. The most recent was in 1833 when the Miguelites were defeated by a loyalist Portuguese fleet.
With steep vertical cliffs and marine-life as well as birds in abundance, Cape St.Vincent is truly a breathtaking place. You can discover many rare and fascinating bird species such as Bonelli’s Eagles and Peregrine Falcons. Almost any hotel in Lagos Portugal or in the nearby vicinity, such as Tivoli Lagos Algarve Hotel would recommend a visit here.
Lighthouse of Cabo de Sao Vincente
This is an icon of Cape St.Vincent and was built during the 16th century upon the ruins of an ancient convent. It boasts one of the most powerful beams in the world, and stands almost eighty-feet high.
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