Photo at Above: ©António Martinho Baptista

Rock art is the oldest graphic memory of mankind. The Côa Valley, in central Portugal, is considered one of the most important rock art sites in the world, and is the most important site with Paleolithic rock art outdoors.

The Côa Museum is the center-point for this great collection of rock art in the area. The facility itself provides an orientation to rock drawings and history of the valley. Some real and some replica rock drawings are on display. However, it is actually the tours to see real drawings on huge rock formations that are most fun and interesting.



The museum has programmed several tours to the three main sites of Paleolithic rock: Canada’s Inferno; Penascosa; and Ribeira de Piscos. The tours vary depending on time of day and length of visit. Tours are made in all-terrain vehicles, led by knowledgeable guides.


Museu Côa -Photo: José Paulo Ruas

At the end of the visit, families may enjoy the dining at the Côa Museum restaurant and sample Côa Valley wines in the tasting room.

For more information visit the Museu de Côa website.

Museu de Côa
Rua do Museu
Vila Nova de Foz Côa

Phone: +351 279 768 260/1

1 March to 19 October – 09:00 to 17:30
20 October to 28 February – 09:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:30

– Visit the Côa Museum – €5.00
– Visit 1 Rock Art Site – €10.00
– Visit both Museum and 1 Rock Art Site – €12.00

Museu Côa -Photo: José Paulo Ruas

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