What if suddenly you were presented with a live book telling the history of the Earth represented on the rocky landscape, the rivers running in a hurry, the green of the landscape, and the silence of the mountain? Yes, in the Arouca Geopark it is possible to travel in space and time. Those who arrive here are surprised at each step, and the destination is not only the end of the journey. It is, on the contrary, the beginning of another adventure, going back in time, until the beginning of a history with more than 500 million years.
Please note: the entire municipality of Arouca is classified as geopark. Every centimeter of the 328 square kilometers. Every smile that welcomes the ones who arrive here. Every heather flower painting the Freita Mountain’s plateau. Every drop of water of the Paiva River’s rapids. This huge green cloak has 41 geological interesting sites (geosites), and almost half of them is classified by the Natura 2000 network.
But, more than arrive here, we must live. And to live means passing through unique experiences that arise in this place. There are pedestrian trails to go through, to meet and to record on the best photo albums of the memory. There are amazing trails that let the adventure continue by mountain bike. There are explosions of adrenaline in the adventure sports of the Paiva. There are traditional villages that keep and plan for the future the memory of those who lived and still live here. There is the handicraft, the folklore and the traditions that keep telling our history. And all that makes part of us and defines us is kept and preserved here, waiting for the moment to be told and left has a heritage to the future generations.
So, here, you will always have your place in the history. In the history of the Earth. In our history. In your history. In a new history that we’ll write together from the moment we tell you «Welcome to the Arouca Geopark».
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Number of Geosites
Enjoy the most beautiful landscapes and the most emblematic geosites in these unique and special territories.
The Geosites are locals of geological interest that represent the existing geodiversity and have a high educational, tourist and/or scientific level.
The geodiversity is present in the landscapes, that are the cradle for all the existing biodiversity in these territories.
Paiva Gorge View
The Paiva Gorge is a segment of the Paiva River where the bed narrows and extends from Alvarenga
The Costa da Castanheira Panoramic
The Costa da Castanheira panoramic is a geosite of geomorphological interest, located at 1026
Uses and Customs
Geoparks are territories with a strong cultural and ethnological identity, which are represented by their customs and traditions. These customs and traditions have gained relevance throughout the centuries and became inseparable from the present and history of this regions and its people.
Arouca, land of rich and diversified culture, has in its folk groups, the necessary tools for the maintenance and dissemination of cultural heritage, as a tool
The Arouca Geopark is a territory with a strong cultural and ethnological identity, which is represented in the different arts and crafts, such as the linen
Here, knowledge and taste fuses and almost blend If the earth continues to give the plant and the fruit, harvested to the sound of the traditional songs of
The Arouquesa meat has a unique taste to which no one can be indifferent It has been assumed as a real ex-libris, combining traditional recipes with innovation
The experiences that geoparks provide, trigger authentic experiences and unforgettable emotions.
Coordination, dexterity, strength and team spirit, but mainly a lot of adrenaline and adventure
The Geosites Route of Arouca Geopark is divided into three itineraries Route A «Freita: the
Museums / Interpretative Centre
Museums gather collections that allow us to better understand our existence and everything related to it. They are privileged spaces that tell us about the history of the Earth and life.
Geological Interpretative Center of Canelas
The Bivalves, rostroconchia, gastropods, cephalopods, brachiopods, crinoids, cystoids, hyolithids,
Birthing Stones House – Interpretative Center
If you want to know the dynamics of the Arouca Geopark and the origin of the Pedras Parideiras
North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark
The North Pennines is a beautiful upland area in the north of England It is a place of wild moors, remote fells, green dales and scattered
Valleys of Cantabria Geopark
Territory is located in the central-eastern part of Cantabria, bordering the provinces of Burgos and Vizcaya It comprises all or part of the basins
Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark
The Copper Coast Geopark is a designated area located along the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford, extending for some 17 km from