Today we will visit Cabo Sardão, which is considered the greater prominence in Portugal western coast, also known as Ponta do Cavaleiro located in the municipality of Odemira, between Almograve and Zambujeira do Mar.
This was the place chosen for a kind of spiritual retreat: P Actually, it was a place that arise by chance due to a quick search for a new place that we had not yet visited, away from major urban centers and accessible to the wallet regarding quality / price ratio. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise when we came across this isecluded spot of the world and yet so close to places of interest like Zambujeira do Mar or even Vila Nova de Milfontes.
Leaving the small village where we were staying, turning right we find straight paths, with the horizon losing sight between immense plains of roasted tones that lead us to the most diverse paradises…Turning left, a small dead-end road with a spot of light in the background that signals the line separating the ocean from mainland, and that's where we turn left toward the light signal.
This is where we can visit Cabo Sardão Lighthouse, discreet in a tower that emerges from a low-rise, white-roofed three-story building. It rests all over dunes and, being a coastal lighthouse, is different because it does not impose itself on the landscape. Sober and solid, with a 17 meter high tower, built in the early twentieth century, running from 1915 to the present day.
This lighthouse is also known for a distinctive feature that differs from all others that exist along the Portuguese coast, having the gateway facing the sea due to a misunderstanding between engineers and builders in its design and construction.
Today I remember the fascination that these buildings caused me in my childhood, either by the light that emanated at night in a rotating way, or by the stories associated with them. Even today, despite the advancement of technology and all the mapping and nautical charts, these buildings remain of utmost importance for their guiding function at night.
As we pass the lighthouse and move on, we are suddenly blocked by huge cliffs that make this a cinematic spot. Huge cliffs with layers of black and white stripes that formed in such distant times, white veins in parallel lines that make drawings with the little vegetation that can live in the rock and withstand the sea air.
The color of the sea, with the reflection of the sky, dominates the landscape accompanied by the tracing of the rock and the white foam that marks the meeting between land and sea. This is the vision and the consciousness that surrounds us facing such a rough nature.
This is also a very popular place for those who like to watch birds, as it is a crossing point and nesting of some species.
However, as I stood there trying to absorb all that beauty, a slow-flying white stork hovering over the abysses of black rock across the angle of my vision, long and suspended in the air, seems to know exactly where it wants to perch in the nest. in the flatter nook of that immensity of stone.After all that spectacle of skillful aerial maneuvering and already being installed in its nest, I pulled the camera and recorded the moment.
Along the coast we can still travel several kilometers along well-marked and signposted trails, in an area that involves two different types of landscapes, the cliffs and the agricultural fields in a very interesting landscape mosaic, although always with the necessary caution as it is rocky terrain and very high and steep cliffs.
They were very invigorating moments of introspection and long morning walks in the taste of sea breeze and the sound of the sea wearing the rock.
All photos presented in this article are my own