Wednesday, 02 May 2012 00:00The 11th European Geoparks Conference of the EGN (European Geoparks Network) will take place in the Arouca Geopark, from 19th to 21st September 2012- an important meeting about Geotourism issues.
Since 2009, the Arouca Geopark has been a classified area by the European and Global Geoparks Networks, under the auspices of UNESCO. It is located in northern Portugal, about 50 km away from Oporto and Aveiro cities. This is a unique geotouristic destination; renowned for its exceptional geological heritage of international relevance, with 41 geosites (the Giant Trilobites of Canelas and the Castanheira's "stones that give birth" are the most emblematic ones), and its national archaeological, historical, cultural and mining relevant legacy, Arouca Geopark offers distinct experiences for visitors. This mountainous region is famous for its outdoor activities, especially for adventure sports such as rafting, canoeing, canyoning, rock climbing and the network of walking trails. It allows visitors to discover geosites, to enjoy breathtaking landscapes, to meet people and to experience local traditions. Visitors can also taste the famous local gastronomy, based on the indigenous cattle breed and the conventual sweets with traditions, dating back to the foundation of the Arouca Monastery in the 10th century.