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“Stunning views and very educational !!”

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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went in a guided tour to the museum and it was a very good and educational visit ! The museum is very good and the guide- Liliana - was excepcional ! She made all the explanations with simple words to everyone understand the real importance of the engravings !!! I advise a visit to the museum before the visit to the engraving sites!!!

Thank Max_Luca_Porto
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Reviewed March 10, 2018

This place is well worth the visit for the views alone. Absolutely stunning - just grab a coffee and enjoy. Or have a bite in the restaurant with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the valley. The museum and tour of the carvings made the trip even more worth it.

Thank John G
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Reviewed January 8, 2018

Do visit the museum as it's an amazing place, but make sure to also get a guided tour of some of the original engravings down by the river. People were living here thousands of years ago, and left their marks!!!

Thank CRPalma
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Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile

The museum building is well worth a visit, as it is not only beautiful but also provides beautiful views over the Coa and Douro Valleys. The museum was interesting, but could use more information. I feel like i left not knowing much more than when i came in.

Thank TiagoJGB
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Reviewed October 18, 2017 via mobile

architecture 1a, location/view 1a, content 1a, kitchen/restaurant 1a, guides 1a,
its an outstanding place, beautiful, educational, full of sensuality and experience, adventure even...
if you can, book the night tour to the rock art places. fairy tale!!!

Thank LORIT123
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