We have to travel beyond Régua and Pinhão, pass São João da Pesqueira to get there. The accesses are by secondary roads but the scenery around us justifies the journey.
Foz Côa is the birthplace of some of the best Douro table wines such as the Duas Quintas made by Ramos Pinto. The rugged valley with the vineyards on the background makes it a memorable trip!
Foz Côa – the village
Strolling the center of the village you can feel the unique charm of the Douro valley.
Foz Côa pelourinho
Made from a single block of granite the ropes you see in the middle of the monument recall the hemp fiber production from which the village was famous for.
Due to the resistance and handling some even say during the Age of Discovery Portuguese caravels were equipped with the hemp fiber manufactured and planted here.
The parietal art
It is very unique, as generally this form of primitive art is found inside caves, but Penascosa in Fôz Coa was a safe house to primitive man.
Experts say that primitive man selected this location not only because there was fresh water available, but also the existing fauna wasn’t a major risk
The Penascosa site is located on a large river beach on the right bank of the Côa river, in the municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Côa, on the grounds of the parishes of Castelo Melhor and Almendra..
Foz Côa was a harbor of refuge during the times of the Paleolithic.
The route of the tunnels
The section between Barca D’Alva and Salamanca holds landscapes and secrets that attracts the most curious and adventurous to follow the abandoned tracks.
Keep in mind that it is an activity that requires preparation and knowledge of the territory and you do it at your own risk since it is an abandoned railway line without maintenance.