where the land ends and the sea begins

“Aqui, onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa…” [Here, where the land ends and the sea begins…] – Luís de Camões, Os Lusíadas

There’s something extremely fascinating that I find about the vast expanses of water, which never ceases to make me look for more of the world’s oceans and seas. It’s a feeling I simply don’t know how to describe. A combination of pure freedom, fulfillment, connection, happiness, peace… At sea, I feel complete. Give me a small hut on a lonely beach by the ocean and I won’t ever ask for anything else.

Cabo da Roca was my most pleasant surprise during my short trip to Lisbon last week. Standing on the rocks above the Atlantic Ocean and watching the land ending and the sea begining, was more than I have ever imagined I could live in my whole life. In another – better – reality I would have never left that place. It was simply beautiful, amazing, breathtaking.

All those words I’m trying to use to describe what this place really meant for me are too plain to give a real image of what I have perceived while being up on those rocks, so instead of babbling on and on and ruining everything, I’ll just rest my case and keep what’s left just for myself.

And if you plain to go there, please don’t be the shallow tourist type that just hits ‘the most western point of continental Europe’, takes a photo with the monument and goes home. Take a walk along the rocks and breath the beauty that surrounds you. It’s priceless.

cabo da roca, portugal

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