A set of caves that are an extraordinary work of nature and invite the visitor to immerse in an adventure of natural imagery.
Erosion caused by underground water was creating, over millions of years, cavities and underground galleries, where would have passed large sheets of water would once have passed, leaving beautiful caves with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
THE MIRA DE AIRE CAVES
The Mira de Aire Caves are one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.
The formation of these Caves dates back more than 150 million years ago, in the Middle Ages, at which point the Jurassic dinosaurs inhabited this region, as can be seen today at the Monument to the Footprints of Dinosaurs, near the caves.
The Mira de Aire Caves are the biggest tourist caves of Portugal and their length reaches 11kms already, but tourists can visit only 600 meters.
Inaugurated in 1974, the caves have already received more than 6 million visitors.
Those who visit the caves have the possibility to admire a collection of rocks, minerals, gems and fossils, which is entitled “Natural Resources in the World”.
In the space next to the entrance of the cave it is we can see a sundial 4m in diameter.
Outside the caves there is the Aquatic Park “Aquagruta” with the Mira-Minde Polje and the Serra de Aire.
The Mira de Aire Caves are located 18km from Torres Novas.
THE MOEDA CAVES
The cave is 350 meters long and has several galleries that can be visited and a depth of 45 meters below the entry quota.
The Moeda Caves are complemented with the Scientific and Environmental Interpretation Centre where you can find among other things, how the cave was formed and how it interacts with the local biodiversity. You can also admire a magnificent and unique exhibition of minerals and fossils from Portugal and many other countries.
The Moeda Caves are located 27km from Torres Novas and 3 minutes from Fátima.
THE ALVADO AND SANTO ANTÓNIO CAVES
Over 50000 years old, the Alvados Caves stand out by continuous corridors that open unexpectedly into an uneven small room and several natural lakes, in addition to its countless tunnels interrupted by deep characteristic dens in the region; the Santo António Caves impress by their monumental rooms covered by small streams and natural lakes, totally filled with stalactites and stalagmites.
The Alvados and Santo António Caves are located 24km from Torres Novas.