The characteristics of the rocky massif make the densely wooded Penedo Furado River Beach an authentic paradise, offering a series of small waterfalls, visible just a few metres away, that can be appreciated when walking along a narrow path cut in the rock. This is the most sought after beach resort in the district of Vila de Rei, not only because of the crystal clear water that flows slowly along its bed, through a natural channel in the rock, but also due to its facilities.
This site is great for families because the water is shallow. The beach is also highly sought after by campers. The spot is a multi-purpose recreation centre, offering a range of sporting activities, such as hiking, climbing, abseiling, slide or canoeing. The water of this beach has been classified in recent years as Good and / or Excellent.
In the upper area, there is a gigantic cliff with a large tapering aperture that gives its name to the beach, and where the Penedo Furado viewpoint was created. The viewpoint offers panoramas of the magnificent landscape of mountains and hills covered with pine forests, the Codes river, the Castelo do Bode reservoir and some houses in the surrounding towns.
On the right side of the belvedere, there is a niche with the image of Nossa Senhora dos Caminhos, after which there is a lateral trail leading to the lower part of the cliff and down to the river beach, via the so-called "Bicha Pintada". The "Bicha Pintada", located on the right bank of the Ribeira do Codes, below the Penedo Furado viewpoint, is a fossil in the top of a 30 cm thick layer of dark grey quartzite which, according to some scholars, is believed to be more than 480 million years old.
Near the Penedo Furado viewpoint, there is the Fragas do Rabadão viewpoint, where there is a via-sacra and a small sanctuary, with statues donated by village folk. The landscape can be viewed as far as the Castelo de Bode reservoir and a trail starts from here and leads to the trail from the previous viewpoint, connecting to the "Bicha Pintada".
The spot also offers the Bufareiras Trail, a linear pedestrian route that ends at the Penedo Furado River Beach and then leads by ancient and mysterious paths to the area of Bufareiras, with its unusual landscape formed by the surrounding rocky massif, with several natural waterfalls - one of the most emblematic places of the region and an important tourist attraction in the district.