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“Scenic routes and places”

Museu da Fundacao do Coa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The final seventeen kilometres of the Coa valley contain hundreds of Palaeolithic engravings along the river’s banks, extending all the way to the River Douro. This zone has been made into Portugal’s first Archaeological Park. This Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 2 December 1998. This entire open-air art collection, which buries the old myth of rock art only existing in caves, is exhibited in the Museum through original pieces of movable art, replicas of “rock panels” and interactive zones that use modern digital technology. The art can also be viewed in loco on organised visits to the valley with specialised guides (advance booking required). Visit also (no advance booking required) the Museum which provides an overview of the Ice Age Coa Valley rock-art, its archaeological context as well as magnificent views over the Coa and Douro rivers. Museum opening times: High season: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM; Closes at lunchtime (01:00 PM - 02-00 PM) in low season from the 20th of October until the last day of February. Closed on Mondays, 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 25 January 2008

The Park could be more developped, however it's a nice place to visit with beautiful and panoramic views. The attraction of the Park are the three archaeological places near the Coa River where it's possible to admire the ancient paintings on rocks, well showned and explained on guided tours. The tours must be previously booked on the Vale do Coa Tourism Office, situated on the major street of Foz Coa Village.

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