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.
The Costa da Castanheira Panoramic
The Costa da Castanheira panoramic is a geosite of geomorphological interest, located at 1026
Paiva Gorge View
The Paiva Gorge is a segment of the Paiva River where the bed narrows and extends from Alvarenga
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.
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
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
One of the secrets of the roasted lamb of this region is that it is cooked in a wood oven Also, the animals are raised in a healthy environment, near the green
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.
A course of eight kilometers of nature in its pure state begins here A journey through biology,
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,
Panoramic Floor of Arouca Weather Tower
We don’t need to climb the tower to be over than 1000 meters of altitude, with our feet on Pico
Azores UNESCO Global Geopark
The Azores UNESCO Global Geopark has a rich geodiversity and an important geological heritage, based on a network of 121 geosites dispersed by the
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
Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark
Located on the west coast of Ireland, the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark has an area of 530 km2, it is bounded by Atlantic