In the west of Portugal, visit the fossil bed of Pedreira do Galinha, which contains excellent examples of Sauropod footprints, a herbivorous four-legged dinosaur that lived in the region about 175 million years ago.
What to Expect
Explore caves and dinosaurs in the West of Portugal on this full-day trip by driving from Lisbon to Lourinhã. At the GEAL museum, you can enjoy a close-up look at the bones and remains of these once fearful giants that inhabited the earth before mankind. In the museum, you’ll also find the largest nest of dinosaur eggs in the world.
Next, make your way to Peniche where boats can take you to the Berlengas Islands Nature Reserve. Nearby, the picturesque village of Baleal, perched on a rocky outcrop, becomes an island at high tide when the sea submerges the sand banks - the only land connection to the village. Visit Cape Carvoeiro and appreciate the strength of the sea in the form of the rocks sculpted by erosion. In the distance, you can glimpse the Berlenga islands.
For lunch, try some of the freshly caught local fish in a seaside restaurant, while you watch the surfers on the beaches of Supertubos and Baleal. Work off the meal by enjoying a stroll through Óbidos, with its enchanting white houses contained within the town’s walls.
Next visit the fossil bed of Pedreira do Galinha, which contains excellent examples of Sauropod footprints, a herbivorous four-legged dinosaurs that lived in the region about 175 million years ago.
On the 60,000m2 rock surface, a few hundred footprints are organized into more than twenty trails dating from the middle of the Jurassic period. Present-day continents were formed during this period. This is the longest known trail of Sauropod footprints on earth and the footprints are an exceptionally well-preserved fossil of one of the largest animal species that ever lived.
The country’s largest finding of Jurassic fossils remain a part of the beautiful Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Nature Park and is definitely worth a visit.
You will drive in the afternoon to the Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park to visit the underground caves with its curious shapes that nature has formed under the earth. Near to Alcanede, visit the Grotto of Algar do Pena, the largest subterranean chamber ever discovered in Portugal and spend some time in the Interpretation Center in order to discover how the water has molded the complex formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
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Know Before You Go
• Tours can be tailor-made
• Group Size: 1-4 tourists
• Languages: French, English, Spanish