Barnacles and Bratwurst at the End of Europe

If you look at the map, it’s clear that Cape Sagres — at the southwest tip of Portugal —is also the geographical end of Europe. It’s understandable that in the days before Magellan and Vasco da Gama, this was considered the end of the world. Today travelers come here just to find the end of the road. The wives of fishermen sell hearty sweaters, knit while their men are at sea. And a small food stand advertises the” last Bratwurst before America.”

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Goose barnacles, called percebes in Portugal, are a delicacy. They are expensive because they're dangerous to harvest — on rocky promontories where the waves are fierce. They’re nice to munch with a beer. And 300 grams with toast and a salad make a wonderful lunch.

Goose barnacles, called percebes in Portugal, are a delicacy. They are expensive because they’re dangerous to harvest — on rocky promontories where the waves are fierce. They’re nice to munch with a beer. And 300 grams with toast and a salad make a wonderful lunch.

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