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Rest stopsObservatório Astronómico - Centro Ciência Viva de Constância
Take the necessary precautions for high temperatures in summer and slippery terrain in the winter. The levels of difficulty and times given are only indicative. They were calculated on a physical effort basis and do not include stops. Make your estimate by analising the technical data of path to be taken.
SOS Emergency: 112
SOS Forest: 117
Constância Municipal Council: (+351) 249 730 050,
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The Live Science Centre of Constância has the means which allow to see the stars and to learn about science in a way that is engaging to visitors of all ages. A large space, which includes a planetarium, can take you on a “ride” from the Galaxy to the solar system and to Earth. It includes carousels that set the visitor circling around the Sun or, seated on Io’s chair, contemplating the movement of Jupiter’s moons. Dozens of other facilities, mostly outdoors, allow visitors to travel the sky and enjoy the harmony of the great machine of the world. Right next door is a Parque de Apoio with capacity for 400 camping tents, a dormitory with bunk beds for 20 people and all hygiene conditions, including hot showers, complete the surroundings.
Known as Vila Poema, Constância welcomed great national literary figures, from Luís de Camões to Vasco de Lima Couto and Alexandre O'Neill. King Sebastião also visited Constância when fleeing the Plague, and made it a town, creating the municipality in 1571. Queen Maria II later passed through here, and changed its name from Punhete to the Notable Town of Constância in 1836. Here you will find a rich and diversified built heritage, notably the main church and Misericórdia [Mercy] church, the pillory, the Viewpoint of Time and several private dwellings built over the last three centuries. The municipality's natural heritage is also important, and includes the rivers, rural territory and moorland that provide landscapes of unusual beauty, fresh air and the chance to engage in many diverse activities. The Museum of Rivers and Maritime Arts, the Santa Margarida Environmental Park and the Tropical Butterfly Centre are also points of interest to visit.