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Travel Guide: Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in Côa Valley, Portugal #travel

Prehistoric Rock Art Sites

Côa Valley, Portugal

The two Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley (Portugal) and Siega Verde (Spain) are located on the banks of the rivers Agueda and Côa, tributaries of the river Douro, documenting continuous human occupation from the end of the Paleolithic Age. Hundreds of panels with thousands of animal figures (5,000 in Foz Côa and around 440 in Siega Verde) were carved over several millennia, representing the most remarkable open-air ensemble of Paleolithic art on the Iberian Peninsula.

Côa Valley and Siega Verde provide the best illustration of the iconographic themes and organization of Paleolithic rock art, using the same modes of expression in caves and in the open air, thus contributing to a greater understanding of this artistic phenomenon. Together they form a unique site of the prehistoric era, rich in material evidence of Upper Paleolithic occupation.

Map of Prehistoric Rock Art Sites

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Coronavirus in Côa Valley

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Côa Valley

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Portugal. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Portugal.

Money in Côa Valley

Currencie(s): Euro

  • 1 Euro = 1.17 $
  • 1 Euro = 0.91 £

Corruption: Portugal has a corruption score of 36 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Portugal, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Portugal is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.

Portugal is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.27 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Côa Valley

Language(s): Portuguese
Here are a few basic lines to get you started:
  • Yes = Sim
  • No = Não
  • Thank You = Obrigado
  • Hello = Olá
  • Do you speak English? = Você fala inglês?
  • Please = Por favor
  • Bye = Tchau
  • Excuse Me = Com licença
  • Where is the Bathroom? = Onde fica o banheiro?
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = Qual é o seu nome? (Meu nome é)

Food & Drinks in Côa Valley

4 National dishes: Cozido à Portuguesa, Bacalhau, Sardinhas & Francesinha.

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Côa Valley is 16.

Religion in Côa Valley

Portugal is a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, 72% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Roman Catholic 94%, Protestant (1995). Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Côa Valley

Age of Consent: 14 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Portugal since 2010.

Portugal scores a 10/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

Other practical tips for Côa Valley

Timezone: UTC-01:00 to UTC

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 8.16 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Portugal.

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