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Praia da Ursa

This beautiful beach under the cliff is the westernmost tip of the Eurasian landmass. Being there is... unforgettable. The mystical Ursa - Latin for "female bear" - has remained largely untainted, isolated, protecting its virgin nature with dangerous cliffs and unstable rocks, discouraging us from getting too close to her. Yes, the name makes sense to me.
Ursa beach Portugal

I traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, in June 2012 for an exhibition in Colorida Art Gallery (Costa do Castelo 63, Lisbon), founded in 2007. You can see the catalog here.

Here are my random photos of Lisbon, Belem, Cascais, Sintra, Cabo do Roca, Boca do Inferno, Praia da Ursa, Obidos, Lagoa de Obido, Lagoa de Albufeira, local life at night, fado festival, ocenario... but I have to leave something for you to discover.

Moments to remember

I had to place this picture here because if I didn't, friends wouldn't have believed that we climbed up and down this rocky cliff. It was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime adventure with Miguel, Gianna & Marko, and I loved every second of it.
Ursa beach climbing

The end of the world

I don't think I will ever find as magical a place as this.
A rocky mountain cliff cuts you off from the expanse of land to the east. To the west, the vast ocean stretches away, its waves crashing and then receding, as if trying to pull you in. You can't help wondering what's out there. The view surely forced Columbus to see what is there beyond the edge.
Sunlight through rocks in Ursa beach
Ursa beach
Cabo do Roca view on Ursa Beach

What Columbus saw

Ocean horizon
Yes, I feel that urge that so many must have felt centuries ago in this very place, near this lighthouse at Cabo da Roca, the desire to explore beyond the horizon.

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