If you want to experience the natural landscape in its very crudest form, look no further: the Cape of Espichel is as raw as coastlines get. But to call the ancient cliffs unrefined would be plain wrong, as tectonic and tidal powers have been grinding these rock outcrops for billions of years. The magnitude of the seemingly immovable cliffs towering over the Atlantic makes for a belittling experience, placing you outside of your tiny temporal self, and into the vast spectrum of life moving at its own timeless pace. Indeed, with all the time in the world.
Visiting the cape is a profound experience, and you won’t be the only one who’s felt that way. During the Middle Ages, the cape has instilled divine awe in the hearts of many of its visitors. The legend that gave rise to the cape’s church, sanctuary, and
A more scientific explanation for the giant canted footprints is they belong to a herd of sauropods (the giant dinosaurs with immensely elongated necks) roaming the former-wetlands-turned-cliffs a mind-boggling 150 million years ago. So whether you’re planning on following the footsteps of medieval pilgrims in search of a divine image of Mary, or the footsteps (called the Pedra da Mua tracks) of the biggest creatures to have ever walked the face of the earth; you can count on a first-hand experience of the power of the timeless Cabo Espichel.