S8: “The tungsten: memories of the war period”

2023/2024 | Saídas de Campo no Arouca Geopark

Summary: Formerly considered a small town, the Regoufe village has the Mining Complex of Poça da Cadela where, in the World War II, the English have settled with the intent to explore and then trade and export tungsten, that was called the “black gold” of that time. Nowadays, it is possible to observe the remains of the technical, administrative and residential facilities, as well as the mine entrances and heaps that help us to reconstruct the history of the region. The field trip includes a presentation of the general framework in the “O Mineiro” restaurant.

Region | Starting / arrival point: Regoufe mines | Mining complex of Regoufe – Regoufe village

Length / Level of difficulty / Duration: 1000 m / Easy / 3h00

Points of interest: Regoufe mines (G22)

Price (per student): 5,00 Euros (free for accompanying teachers)

Promoter / Reservation: AGA – Associação Geoparque Arouca; The reservations are made through the following form, that must be filled in and submitted 15 working days prior to the event. For further information, please contact us at 256 940 254 or geral@aroucageopark.pt .


  • The meeting point with the guide will be in the center of Arouca;
  • Travel between the various points of visit is carried out on the group bus;
  • Each bus will be accompanied by a guide;
  • The realization of this activity involves the travel of the participants in a bus with a maximum of 30 seats;
  • For each program, a maximum of 28 students and a minimum of 15 students are admitted per monitor. For lower or higher numbers of participants, contact the services;
  • In case of rain, snow, thunderstorm or very cold we suggest changing the date of the visit.