Arouca Geopark, corresponding to the administrative area of the Municipality of Arouca, is renowned for its exceptional geological heritage of international significance, in particular the giant Trilobite of Canelas, the Castanheira’s “Pedras Parideiras” and the ichnofossils of Paiva valley.
The rich geological and natural heritage inventory, entailing a total of 41 geological features, is the basis for Arouca Geopark project, along with a development strategy for the territory which will ensure its protection, promotion and use. There are other important assets such as archaeological, ecological, historical, sporting and cultural activities and the facilitation of ethnography, crafts and cuisine of the region, which complement the touristic offer of Arouca Geopark paving the way for a high quality tourism based on the values of nature and culture.
Many of these sites of interest are integrated in a comprehensive network of walking trails (13 in total), contributing for the development and promotion of this priceless heritage.
The management of Arouca Geopark is a responsibility of a local association named AGA – Arouca Geopark Association.