Small Route

The Santa Catarina chapel, in Fuste, and the Rio Frades village are the two possibilities to enter in the «Black Gold Route». Along the route that has as main attraction the tungsten mines of Rio de Frades, widely explored by the German, during the World War II, we are followed by the waters of the Pena Amarela and Covela streams that are perfect for the practice of canyoning. Besides the Rio de Frades village, Pedrógão also deserves a stop to recharge the batteries.

Departure and arrival: Stª Catarina chapel, in Fuste (Moldes) / Rio de Frades (Cabreiros)

Type of route: Short distance route by mountain paths

Distance to go: 6000 m (linear)

Duration: About 2h30m

Level of difficulty: Medium

Altitudes: Fuste (590 m) > Pedrogão (500 m) > Pena Amarela Mines (450m) > Mountain ridge of the Sobreira Mines (550m) > Rio de Frades (350 m)

Advised season: All the year

Geosites: G15 - Pena Amarela Mines

Other points of interest: Rio de Frades village, Canyoning tracks of Ribeira da Pena Amarela.

  • Starting point:Capela de Santa Catarina de Fuste (Moldes)
  • End point:Rio de Frades (Cabreiros)
  • Distance:6.00 km
  • Degree difficulty:Médio
  • Duration:2.30 h
  • Maximum altitude:590 m
  • Minimum altitude:350 m