Cape St. Vincent in Sagres is a headland in the municipality of Vila do Bispo, in the Algarve, southern Portugal. It is the most southwestern point of Portugal and of mainland Europe.
Cape St. Vincent was already sacred ground in Neolithic times, as standing menhirs in the neighborhood attest. The ancient Greeks called it Ophiussa (Land of Serpents), inhabited by the Oestriminis and dedicated here a temple to Heracles.
The Romans called it Promontorium Sacrum (or Holy Promontory). Strabo, in his Geography call this cape the most western tip of the known world and reports the place was considered magical. Common people believed the sun sank here hissing into the ocean, marking the edge of their world, which Strabo qualifies as "common and vulgar reports" and attributes to Posidonius.
This place is also known as the "End of the World", the most southwestern point in Europe