S. Jorge da Beira
The story of wolfram mining in Portugal began here, still at the end of the XIX century, through a simple coal miner from Casegas that found some black stones and took them to a fellow countryman with connections in Lisbon, who later acknowledged the findings. That’s how the story of Panasqueira mines began, later the Couto Mineiro da Panasqueira, which is still ongoing.
In the village of Panasqueira, only the vivid memory of mining remains, expressed in the vastness of old warehouses and the workers’ homes, witnesses of social life and intensive labour with dozens of families living from the mine and for the mine, justifying even the existence of a cinema.
However, S. Jorge da Beira is not limited to the mines and of resulting industrial landscapes. The village is located at the foot of the Açor mountain range, where its peak is Cebola, equally integrated in the Rede Natura site known as the Açor complex.