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  Cabo de Sao Vicente
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Cape St. Vincent, as the English call it, is the most southwesterly point of Europe and it has certainly seen its share of voyages of discovery pass on their way to Africa, India and the Far East. It was also off this cape in February, 1797 that a 15 ship British squadron defeated a 27 ship Spanish fleet attempting to sail to Brest to link up with the French fleet for an invasion of England.

Perched atop the 200 foot cliffs at the Cape, is the Cabo de Sao Vicente lighthouse. It is believed that the first lighthouse here was established in 1515 by monks. However, the present 88 foot tower was built in 1846. The lighthouse lens was upgraded in 1906 to one of the most powerful in the world, standing 13 feet tall. The combined tower and cliff heights give this lens a 282 foot elevation above sea level and it's beam can be seen 37 miles out to sea (despite what the tour books say about it having a 60-mile range!). The lighthouse is open to the public. Information courtesy of 'lighthousedepot.com'

Address: Near Sagres

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  • Updated Jun 26, 2004
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