Geological Heritage of Serras de Aire e Candeeiros
MVC - Mármores de Alcobaça is located near the Natural Park of the Serras de Aire e Candeeiros, which comprises one of the most important calcareous regions of Portugal, possessing a geological and palentological heritage of great value, such as the Natural Monument of Dinosaur Footprints, the Vale de Meios dinosaur footprints, and the caves of Mira de Aire and Santo António.
The Natural Monument of Dinosaurs Footprints and the Vale de Meios track sites are two old limestone quarries where it’s possible to observe several trails of dinosaurs that inhabited the region during the Middle Jurassic, about 175 million years ago.
The caves of Mira de Aire and Santo António are two examples of the many caves and pit caves that exist in the region, being open to visits to the public throughout the year.
More information can be found on the website of the Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF).