S9: “Stories of a Monastery with more than 10 centuries”

2023/2024 | Saídas de Campo no Arouca Geopark

Summary: It starts at the Arouca Interactive Tourism Store, where you can better understand the heritage of the municipality of Arouca, and in particular its Monastery. Then, we leave in direction to the historic center of the Arouca town. The Santa Maria de Arouca monastery is considered one of the most important Portuguese monasteries and a true local ex-libris, where we can witness a material and immaterial invaluable legacy, associated to the Church and the Sacred Art Museum. This visit also includes the entrance to others monuments of the historic center, such as the Mercy Chapel, building of public interest, and typical houses from the 17th century (Ribeira House and Malafaias House).

Region | Starting / arrival point: Arouca center | Arouca Interactive Tourism Store – Arouca Monastery

Length / Level of difficulty / Duration: 1500 m / Easy / 2h30

Points of interest: Monastery of St. Maria; Museum of Sacred Art; and exterior areas of Capela da Misericórdia, Casa da Ribeira and Casa dos Malafaias, as well as Praça Brandão de Vasconcelos.

Price (per student): 6,00 Euros (free for accompanying teachers)

Promoter / Reservation: AGA – Associação Geoparque Arouca; The reservations are made through the following form, that must be filled in and submitted 15 working days prior to the event. For further information, please contact us at 256 940 254 or geral@aroucageopark.pt  .


  • The program includes a visit to the Museum of Sacred Art. The route in the Historic Center of Arouca will be carried out between the Arouca Interactive Store, Rua dos Malafaias, Brandão de Vasconcelos Square and the Arouca Monastery/Museum of Sacred Art;
  • Each bus will be accompanied by a guide;
  • For each program, a maximum of 50 students and a minimum of 15 students are admitted per monitor. For lower or higher numbers of participants, contact the services;
  • In case of rain, snow, thunderstorm or very cold forecast, we suggest changing the date of the visit.