Starting in Azoia, the path follows the village roads to and through Ulgueira where an optional variant of 2.2km (each way) takes you to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Until Adraga Beach, the route goes on dirt roads, partly lined by bamboo, passing vineyards, on a high plateau with views over low vegetation both to the sea and the mountain. A bit before Adraga Beach, another short variant is marked to visit a natural crater straight down from the cliffs to the sea (Buraco do Fojo).
ATTENTION: Recently the variant was altered. Though it now has better views and less traffic, the initial dip down and up is technical and therefore more demanding. As an option, you can stay on the road (the red line option on the PDF).
At Adraga the path climbs up a sandy hill, and after a small pine forests, changes into a single-lane path on the cliffs.
Reaching Praia Grande, there is an option to descend a long a staircase to the Southern tip of the beach alongside the cliff with dinosaur footsteps on sight.
From Praia Grande northward, the path goes along the beach. Between Praia Pequena and Praia das Maçãs there is an archaeological excavation site on the cliffs, and a crossing of a small river along large rocks placed in the river for the purpose.
Continuing along the coast, the footpath passes through the villages of Praia das Maçãs and the picturesque Azenhas do Mar, continuing on the cliffs over Aguda Beach until it descends to Magoito Beach.
Though this is not a technical trail, good footgear is suggested for the climbs. There are several options for services in the villages, but very little shade, so a hat, sunscreen, and water are recommended.
PR7 (Cabo da Roca) and GR11 coincide between Ulgueira and the top of Praia Grande. PR8 (Colares Wine route) and GR11 coincide between Azenhas do Mar and a bit North of Aguda Beach.
In these cases the markings have three colors: white, red and yellow all together.
Public transportation options from Sintra:
- Scotturb Bus 403 goes to Azoia, Cabo da Roca and Almoçagem (near Adraga Beach)
- Praia Grande is served by Scotturb Busses 441 and 439
- Praia das Maçãs – Scotturb 441 and the classic Sintra tram
- Azenhas do Mar – Scotturb 440 and 441
- Praia do Magoito (Top North part, near the restaurant) by Scotturb 444.