Situated in the place where once a quarry used to work, the “Pedreira do Galinha”, right in the das Serras d’Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park, this Monument of Sauropods Dinosaur Footprints from the mid Jurassic Period (175 million years old).
This tracksite was discovered on July the 4th 1994, and the Monument was created in 1996 and opened to the public in 1997.
There are 20 different tracks, being even the largest, oldest and in great state of preservation sauropods tracks known, composed by more than 1000 manus and pes prints. In fact, one of the track has about 147 meters long, that attain up to 95 cm in length and 70 cm in width, considered to be the longest sauropod track in the world.
The Sauropods were quadruped herbivorous Dinosaurs with small heads and quite long necks and tails. Their sturdy bodies stood on thick, strong limbs (similar to elephants) with sharp claws on the thumbs and large toes. The rear limbs of the sauropods were usually larger than front limbs.
The site includes some of the largest and clearest footprints known to man, that attain up to 95 cm in length and 70 cm in width, which gives an idea of the dimension of the largest of beings that have ever inhabited the planet.
This monument also provides the Jurassic Garden (“Jardim Jurássico”) replicating the same environment as in the Dinosaurs time, and the “Aramossáurio”, a Environmental Educational Centre, offering accommodation, an auditorium, a pleasant snack park, a big pannel illustrating the evolution of life on earth through geological time as well as several information panels over the around 1000 meters tracks.
The Monument also promotes a wide variety of leisure and education activities and different kind of visits to the monument, like individual visits, group visits, guided tours, with special conditions and prices.
Summer time - 21st March to the 22nd September
Tuesday to Friday - 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 6pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays - 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 8pm
Winter time - 23rd September to the 20th March
Tuesday to Sundays and Bank Holidays - 10am to 12.30am and 2pm to 6pm
Closed on Mondays