Palaeolithic rock art in the Douro Valley at Foz Coa

It would seem people have occupied the Douro Valley for a very long time! The name Foz Coa is associated with rock art of the Upper Palaeolithic Period in the valleys of Coa and the Douro rivers. They were officially discovered only in 1995 during the construction of the Coa dam. The Coa Valley has therefore been classified as a national monument and considered a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO.

So far over 26KM of engravings have been discovered with over 1000 examples of rock art. Only 3 of the 66 sites containing the engravings can be visited – so head to the architect built Coa Museum.

Its not what most tourists expect to see when visiting the Douro Valley, but fascinating and well worth a trip.

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Douro Valley historical facts. 2000 years of wine making!

A very informative page with lots of facts about the Douro’s history. 2000 years of wine making is simply incredible. Whilst its widely discussed that it was the Romans introduced vines – some experts believe it was in-fact the Phoenicians. That takes the date back even further!

Douro Region The Douro Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.The Alto Douro Wine Region was inscribed on the World Heritage List, taking into account the following criteria:The Alto Douro region has been producing wine for almost two thousand years and its landscape was shaped by human activities.The components of the Alto Douro landscape are representative of the full range of activities associated with winemaking – land, estates (winemaking agricultural complexes), villages, chapels and roads.The Alto Douro cultural landscape is an outstanding example of a traditional European wine producing region, reflecting the evolution of this human activity over time.

Source: Niepoort

Archaeology in the Douro Valley 

The Douro Valley has had a fascinating, and at times turbulent past. Stretching right back to neolithic (and even earlier) times – there’s a wealth of archeology to explore. This article below has some useful insights ….

The Douro tells stories with thousands of years through the images engraved in rocks which exist since the beginning of mankind. On the banks of the Côa river, one of the Douro’s effluents, rises the largest and the most important sample of Palaeolithic art in the world displayed outdoors. You will be amazed by this unique gift left by our remote ancestors.

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Source: Douro Valley | Archaeology