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Mine Travel Itinerary

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Portugal has a set of locations with mining and geological relevance. They hold great scientific heritage and are often unknown. The Mine Travel Itinerary arranges visits to a variety of locations of elevated historic importance, showing the various marked locations of this inheritance given to us by the environment.

The Porto and North Region of Portugal are very rich in mines, due to its density in rocks.  Currently, mining activities aren't very explored in Portugal, except in rare cases. For this reason, these locations have become known as touristic points of interest.

That being said, we would like to invite you: Come and visit the Mine Travel Itinerary. For now, we'll leave you with a small idea of the existing mines in the Porto and North Regions of Portugal. Take a "good trip" with the Mine Travel Itinerary and Mining and Geological Points of Interest. Discover the interesting locations you can visit.

Geoparque Naturtejo da Meseta Meridional (Naturtejo da Meseta Meridional Geopark)

Geoparque Naturtejo da Meseta Meridional is a geopark that extends throughout the area composed of the Castelo Branco, Idanha-a-Nova, Nisa, Oleiros, Proença-a-Nova and Vila Velha de Ródão municipalities. It presents a vast heritage of geomorphology, geology, paleontology and mining.

Since 2006, it has been part of the Global Network of Geoparks created in 2004 by UNESCO.

Geoparque Terras de Cavaleiros (Terras de Cavaleiros Geopark)

Geoparque Terras de Cavaleiros is an open book on the earth's formation. Here you will find the Centro Intepretativo de Morais (Morais Interpretive Center) and can take the Geological Route: the complete version is 110 km and the shorter version is 50.5 km. If you like to walk, you may prefer the Percurso Pedestre Geológico (Geological Walking Route) that is 5.85km in distance and goes across an old ocean floor of ultrabasic peridotite rocks, ensuring a unique environment to this excursion.

Minas de Ouro de Castromil (Castromil Gold Mines)

Minas de Ouro de Castromil (Castromil Gold Mines) are located at the Sobreira Parish, in the city of Paredes. These mines explore a gold reservoir made up by two mineralized masses separated by the Sousa river. Located NW of this water line is the Covas de Castromil (Castromil Coves) mass and to the SE is the Serra da Quinta.

At this location, it's also possible to observe various geological phenomenons, which are important to the geological local as well as provide relevant didactic components.   Currently, the Minas de Ouro de Castromil (Castromil Gold Mines) are the focus of a scientific-pedagogical marketing project promoted by the Municipality of Paredes. The project is aimed at a broad audience, allowing citizens as well as visitors around the world to better know this part o the country through guided visits.

 

Parque Paleozóico de Valongo (Valongo Paleozoic Park)

Parque Paleozóico de Valong (Valongo Paleozoic Park), conceived in 1995, was the fruit of a project co-financed by the European Commission's funding program LIFE. This project was developed by the Municipality of Valongo and by the Geology Department from the Faculty of Science at the University of Porto, along with the collaboration of the Zoological and Botanical Departments, also from the Faculty of Science. From the necessity to preserve the trilobite fossils, as well as other organisms from the Paleozoic era and a whole range of natural geological characteristics, the mountainous areas of Valongo have become a live laboratory available to all those interested in learning more about the Earth's History.

 

Geological Tour of Foz do Douro and Centro Interpretativo (Interpretive Center)

The rocks of the waterfront of the city of Porto are some of the oldest in Portugal and represent a Geological Heritage of elevated scientific-didactic interest, the "Foz do Douro Metamorphic Complex" is classified as Natural Municipal Heritage. A thematic route was created, to promote this part of the country, called the "Foz do Douro Geological Tour", flagged by nine information panels directed to the general public.

But there is much more of the country to see! Need help to find which mines you are going to visit near the North Region of Portugal? Contact us, it will be our pleasure to help you.

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