Serra da Gávea Rock Engravings

Vila Nova de Cerveira
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Serra da Gávea Rock Engravings

The Serra da Gávea is an important granitic relief forming an arch of circle that surrounds the region of Vila Nova de Cerveira and goes along the river Minho, forming a ridge that bounds the large cove of S. Pedro da Torre (parish of Valença) by the west side, and the granitic place of Alto da Pena by the southeast side until Sopo. The outcrop is composed by grained granite of two micas which involves the regions of Gondarém and Sopo. Concerning its mineralogical composition, one can say that it is alkaline granite.

Serra da Gávea does not have characteristic vegetation; only in the bottom of this mountain we find a deciduous forest. It is an area with evidence of being inhabited in the Bronze Age, once there were found some scattered or grouped rock carvings were found there in circular or in U motifs described as “covinhas” (dimples), which are “artistic and cultural demonstrations from the Bronze Age, probably in their mid-late stage.  

Location: Vila Nova de Cerveira

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