Cape Carvoeiro Viewpoint, Peniche

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History of Cape Carvoeiro

Cabo Carvoeiro (in Portuguese Cabo Carvoeiro) is a cape on the Atlantic coast of Portugal, located in the central part of the country, at the end of the small peninsula of Peniche, belonging to the concelho of Peniche, in the west. It is a place of great natural and landscape value, with a great variety of strongly eroded limestone cliffs and lapiaz fields.

It is the westernmost point of Portugal to the north of Cabo da Roca. To the west, the small archipelago of the Berlengas can be seen from the cape, which is part of a land and sea nature reserve.

The 25-metre-high Cabo Carvoeiro lighthouse was erected here because of the many shipwrecks that have occurred along this stretch of coast.

The small chapel of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, on the cape, is the destination of a busy pilgrimage. The interior is covered by valuable 18th century paintings from the workshop of the master painter Antonio de Oliveira Bernardes.

In the neighbouring Gruta da Furninha, traces of human occupation were found that date back to prehistoric times.


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