A geopark is a territory with well-defined limits and which owns, together with a strategy of sustainable development, a remarkable geological heritage. The three main purposes of a Geopark are: Geo-conservation, education for a sustainable development and tourism.
The Arouca Geopark corresponds to the administrative area of Arouca municipality, being recognized for its exceptional geological heritage of international significance. The 41 geosites inventoried, combined with a territorial development strategy that assures its protection, promotion and use, form the basis of Arouca Geopark. Many of these geosites may be visited through the “Rota dos Geossítios” and through the vast Pedestrian trails Network of Arouca’s municipality.
Total classified area: 32.910ha
Classified area in the territory: 32.910ha (100%)
Most relevant geosites: Gigant Trilobites of Canelas, “Parideiras” Stones of Castanheira, Cabanas Longas Ichnofossils, Frecha da Mizarela, “Boroas” Stones of Junqueiro