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Côa Valley Archaeological Park


The valley of the Côa river is a unique place in the world, displaying open-air artistic manifestations from different moments of prehistoric, protohistoric and historic times, namely the greatest assembly of paleolithic open-air engravings known to present times.

This extraordinary collection of rock art is distributed along two main axes: the river Côa, within a distance of 30 kilometers, and also the river Douro, within 15 kilometers, along both sides of the mouth of the Côa. More than a thousand rocks with rock art manifestations are presently known, in more than 70 different sites, with a predominance of Upper Paleolithic engravings, followed by motifs belonging to the Iron Age, Historic times and Late Pre-history, respectively.

In consequence of the recognition of the cultural and scientific interest of this group of findings, it was created, in August 10, 1996, the Côa Valley Archaeological Park.


The classification of the rock art sites as 
World Heritage by UNESCO in December 2, 1998, was the culmination of a process that would indelibly distinguish, in Portugal, the status of Rock Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.

 

Visits by booking
Tel: +351 279 768 260
Tel (store): +351 279 768 274
Fax: +351 279 768 270
e-mail (visits) 
visitas.pavc@igespar.pt
e-mail (general) pavc@igespar.pt
e-mail (store) 
lojacoa@igespar.pt

Association with Siega Verde, in Spain


The Paleolithic Rock Art Site of Siega Verde is situated on the banks of the River Agueda, in Villar de la Yegua, district of Ciudad Rodrigo, in the Salamanca province. It’s about 50 kms away from Côa Valley rock art sites, with which it has many affinities. For this reason, it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO, as an Extension of the Côa Valley, in August 1, 2010.

Both places cooperate closely, in research and divulgation. In Siega Verde visits to the general public are also organized, from an interpretation center. For more information, see here and here.

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