Check out an old lighthouse and peer out across Atlantic Ocean to the Berlengas Islands from this rugged cape on the westernmost point of Peniche.
Cabo Carvoeiro marks the tip of Peniche’s rugged peninsula and is a much-loved symbol of the portside city. Translating to “cape of coal,” its fascinating geology is both a marvel and a menace. Cabo Carvoeiro’s weathered cliff faces present a remarkable sedimentary record, but the craggy rocks have caused many shipwrecks and collisions over the centuries. Admire the heritage lighthouse that looks out across the surging ocean from the cliff top or learn about the cape’s vivid natural history.
Make your way out to the westernmost edge of Peniche’s peninsula. Note the magnificent lighthouse, Farol do Cabo Carvoeiro. Initially built in 1758 and rebuilt in 1886, the lighthouse was constructed to save seafarers from the rugged rocks that speckle Peniche’s coastline. The quadrangular tower is situated 187 feet (57 meters) above sea level and soars 89 feet (27 meters) above the ground.
Stroll out to the edge of the cliffs and find the miradouro, or scenic lookout. The concrete platform perched high above the surging swell provides a breathtaking vantage point across the coast. Look north to see the remarkable Nau dos Corvos (Carrack of Crows), a soaring sea stack that stands a short distance offshore. The Berlengas Islands can be seen in the background. This area is part of a nature reserve that is protected for its diverse marine life.
If you have an interest in geology, be sure to check out the rocks that flank the cape. The rocky outcrop shows a distinctive timeline within its limestone and sedimentary strata, which dates back to the Early Jurassic period.
Cabo Carvoeiro is located to the west of Peniche. It is a 5-minute drive from the center of the city. Park in the lot next to the scenic lookout and spend some time strolling around the cliff top. Bring your camera to snap photographs of the historic lighthouse and the sweeping views across the rocky coastline and distant islands. Cabo Carvoeiro is free to visit any time of the day.