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Lakes in Portugal
Transcript of Lakes in Portugal
This lake is one of the most popular in Portugal. It is fed by the Mondego River which, in turns, empties a few miles away at the coast. The lake is a great place to swim or even to try kayaking and canoeing, but the nearby coast as well as the Mondego River are much more popular.
Pateira de Fermentelos / Fermentelos Duck Lagoon
This is the largest natural lake in the Iberian Peninsula. It is specifically known for being home to a wide variety of diverse flora and fauna, including ducks, butterflies, fish and frogs. It is fed by two different rivers, the Cértima and the Águeda, which converge at the lake.
Lagoa de Óbidos / Óbidos Lagoon
More of a lagoon than a lake, the Lagoa de Óbidos is located in the districts of Óbidos and Caldas da Rainha in Portugal. It is one of the largest water sources in Portugal and empties out into the nearby Atlantic Ocean along the country’s coast.
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Lagoa da Vela / Vela Lagoon
This stunning destination is known for its natural beauty and quiet solitude. It is relatively close to the Lagoa Corvos and feeds off of the same Mondego River. It is a much quieter destination, provides excellent hiking opportunities and is great for unusual holidays in Portugal.
"Caldeirada" made with fish of our sea.
Lagoa da Pedreira
This lake is not a natural formation but was created due to mining and a large quarry in the area. Directly translated, the name "Lagoa da Pedreira" actually means Lagoon of the Quarries. While swimming is popular, it is rarely used for that purpose by locals. The best way to enjoy the lake is simply to walk along the perimetre, enjoy the abundant wildlife in the area or try your hand at fishing in the lake. The nearest town is Póvoa de Varzim.
Lagoa do Caldeirão / Cauldron Lagoon
This lake is not on the mainland of Portugal, but instead is located on the Portuguese Island of Corvo, in the archipelago of the Azores islands. The lake itself is found in a crater in the middle of the island. The depth of the lake is an astonishing three hundred metre at the deepest point.
Limpets from the Azores islands
Erva do calhau
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Lagoa do Negro
This lake is situated on the Portuguese Island of Terceira rather than on the Portuguese mainland itself. The lake is a popular swimming destination on the island for locals and visitors alike.
"Alcatra", made with beef from the Azores and cooked in a crock.
"Queijo bravo" / "Wild Cheese", one of the many cheeses of the Azores islands.
the biggest artificial lake in Europe
Alqueva Dam has a reservoir of 250 km2 and 1100 km of banks, and it’s the biggest artificial lake in Europe.
After many years (the first project on it was in 1975), the dam was finished in 2002 after some delays on the construction.
There are many activities to do such as:
- Boat tours
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