Cabo de Sao Vicente, Portugal (I)

1988 – The lighthouse at Cabo de Sao Vicente in Portugal on a sunny summer day. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The Cabo de Sao Vicente in Portugal marks the most south-western point of the European continent. For the folks of the past it was basically “the end of the World” – or at least the end of Europe.

I visited Portugal in 1988 for a long trip and took the time to also get to this beautiful spot. The lighthouse sits on a prominent spot and has fantastic views across the Atlantic Ocean. Apart from this, I was surprised how really quiet it was. Just the wind, the relentless clashing of the waves, and just very few tourists. All-in-all a very relaxing experience that helps you re-adjust your thoughts.

But it’s really just a side-trip as there are no exciting features. You may try to get to some of the beaches along the way, if you get from the steep cliff down to the sea level. Usually, these beaches are not highly frequented (especially if the tourist towns are far away in the center of Algarve coast.)

This image is a fresh scan directly from the negative, by the way. Considering that I took it more than 33 years ago, I think the result is okay.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1988
LocationCabo de Sao Vicente, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceNegative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3315 x 2223 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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