Opened in 2010, the Côa Museum allows you to discover the best art collection in the Côa Valley through replicas of the original engravings and interactive information, which uses modern digital technology, as well as guided tours to the valley with specialised guides.
The building was designed by Portuguese architects Pedro Tiago Pimentel and Camilo Rebelo and rises majestically over the valley, divided into four floors with a permanent exhibition area and temporary exhibition rooms.
The area allows visitors to go back thousands of years, contextualizing and unfolding Côa rock art through multimedia resources, photography, drawing and the use of life sized images of the engravings and the places. Objects discovered during excavations conducted in the valley are also on display. They will carry you to the environment of hunter-gather societies of the Palaeolithic.
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Born in France, Michèle Trotta has clear influences from Arte Povera in her artistic expression, privileging the process over the finished object. True paradoxes that evolve between the natural and the unnatural, reflecting ambiguous relations between gravity and lightness, emptiness and fullness, real and virtual. She favours the time that her works take to execute as an element that is part of the process, transforming the work into the result of an encounter between her inner universe and the territory in which she works and in which she relates to the inhabitants, the history, the practices and the surrounding nature.
A piece that integrates perfectly in the landscape, in the vicinity of the Côa Museum, and that will now naturally evolve with it, made with a material that is also part of the essence of the region in which it fits: vine branches on wine land, what a perfect coincidence that was created without prior combination as it was thus destined. A wooden "rope" that runs down the hill, with three knots, open to various interpretations, but which undoubtedly embody the strong connection that this artpiece has with the landscape that receives it.
A walking tour will take place on July 4th at 5 p.m., guided by the active tourism company Beir'Aja, a deep connaisseur of the Côa Valley region.
This guided walking tour will follow most part of Meandros do Côa - PR1 SGB, interpreting an heritage in ruins and promoting the observation of the fauna along the Côa River. A setting on local economy and history of the territory will also be provided.
Tickets cost €5 to €10 and can be purchased here.