The Top lakes in Portugal
Portugal entertains thousands of visitors to the country each year in order to enjoy the beautiful beaches. However, they also have amazing and tranquil lakes to enjoy. So if you fancy a different holiday – take a look at the following exciting lake destinations that are definitely well worth a visit:
This is probably the most popular lake in all of Portugal. Fed by the Mondego River, the lake is a great place for swimming, kayaking or canoeing; the nearby coast is also very popular. Visitors can stay in the beautiful town of Figueira da Foz, well known for its delicious, fresh seafood restaurants situated along the beach.
Pateira de Fermentelos
This is actually the largest natural lake in the Iberian Peninsula. It is famous for its variety of diverse flora and fauna which includes ducks, butterflies, fish and frogs. It is fed by two rivers, being the Cértima and the Águeda, which converge into the lake. The nearest city is Aveiro, which offers plenty of accommodation choices.
Lagoa da Vela
This magnificent lake is well known for its natural beauty, habitat and peaceful setting. It is quite near to the Lagoa Corvos and feeds off of the same Mondego River. It is a much more serene destination and very popular with hikers.
Lagoa da Pedreira
This lake is not a natural evolution as its creation was due to mining a large quarry in the area. Translated, the name actually means Lagoon of the Quarries. The lake is wonderful to stroll around, enjoying the various wildlife that inhabits the area. The nearest town is Póvoa de Varzim which offers affordable villas, ideal for families.
Lagoa de Óbidos
This is perhaps more a lagoon than a lake. It is one of the larger water sources in Portugal and empties out into the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Swimming is very popular here and visitors to the area can stay in the nearby town of Óbidos where there are various small guesthouses and hotels and also a very impressive medieval fortress.
Lagoa do Caldeirão
This lake is situated on the Portuguese Island of Corvo and is actually in a crater in the middle of the island. The depth of the lake is an amazing three hundred meter at the deepest point. You can find varying accommodation on the island from lavish Portuguese villas to small local guesthouses.
Lagoa do Negro
This lake is on actually on the Portuguese mainland and is a very popular swimming destination for locals and holiday-makers. There is said to be legend attached to it; relaying a story of - how long ago, there was a noble family, with estates that slaves worked on. Apparently the noble’s daughter fell in love with one of the slaves and they ran away together. However, they were found and the slave fearing for his safety still jumped into the lake and drowned.