Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa

Avenida Gago Coutinho, 19-A - 5150-610 Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Téléphone: (+351) 279.768.260

Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa
The valley of the river Côa is an unique site due to the artistic manifestations dating from several periods of History, including the world´s largest collection of open-air Stone Age engravings.

The patrimonial and cultural interest of this collection led to the creation of the Valley of Côa Archaeological Park in November 1995.

The resolution was taken after a world-wide public debate, culminating in the Portuguese authorities´ decision to drop plans for the construction of a dam, and with the UNESCO declaring the collection of rupestral engravings a World Heritage site, in November 1998.

Visitors are directed to the Reception Centers installed at the villages of Muxagata and Castelo Melhor, and then they are taken in landrover tours to three different nuclei of engravings (Penascosa, Canada do Inferno and Ribeira de Piscos).

The philosophy of preserving both the engravings and the surrounding environment limits the number of daily visits, so it is wise to book your tours in advance.

There are also plans to create a museum and information center at Canada do Inferno, but no date has been established yet for its inauguration.

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