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Museu da Fundacao do Coa

Rua do Museu | Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa 5150-610, Portugal
+351 279 768 260
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Visiting the archaeological museum.

You can find this modern museum in the city of Vila Nova de Foz Coa, it is on the outsider of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hans G
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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
Paleo but modern

Just the most exciting place to visit. Link it to a tour of the actual carvings, available nearby... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MichaelDuke
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Melbourne, Australia
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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.
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Rua do Museu | Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa 5150-610, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can find this modern museum in the city of Vila Nova de Foz Coa, it is on the outsider of the city in a rural area, and there is enough parking for the car. The Museum has been created into the year 2011. The...More

Thank Hans G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just the most exciting place to visit. Link it to a tour of the actual carvings, available nearby from Castelo Melhor. Bookings are required. Only some tours are in English, but the Museum has guides in English language which are easy to use. The exhibits...More

Thank MichaelDuke
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Admittedly art carved in rock is not everyone’s taste. But what has been done in this region is amazing. They managed to stop a huge energy company flooding what has undoubtedly become one of the worlds centers for Paleolithic engravings. The museum itself is located...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Very interesting place for a morning or afternoon, great history and designs, and a hidden gem if you’re looking for some history and something different to do.

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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

But not as much as the visit to the archeological park. But not bad second choice for folks with mobility issues. Modern gallery less useful but.... Ok small gift shop. Excellent coffee.

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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

This was a great find along the way. We were surprised by the modern style architecture of the museum. The guided tour helped keep us engaged as we walked they the galleries. The content matter of the exhibit was not our thing; but we were...More

Thank CADtravellers
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

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...More

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Reviewed 10 March 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...More

Thank John G
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Reviewed 8 January 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 3 January 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...More

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Sue D
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Response from TiagoJGB | Reviewed this property |
we stayed at a village near Vila Nova de Foz Coa. The hotel was called Bairro do Casal - houses for rental with breakfast service and a beautiful view. simply perfect!
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david123walesuk
20 August 2015|
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Hi, you will need to take the Douro line from Porto to Pocinho (see CP site for Porto/Régua/Pocinho timetables). Then you either take a taxi from Pocinho to the Museum or a bus from Pocinho to Foz Côa and then a taxi to the... More
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Judidonnoah
9 August 2015|
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Response from Ant_ni0_F | Property representative |
Thanks for your message. As we only operate visita to the Park and Museum, we would recomend talking to a travel agency for details on a day trip to the Park. We believe these are available by train, boat or rented car.
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