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Albufeira da Várzea and “mixing of the waters”

Albufeira da Várzea and “mixing of the waters”

Albufeira da Várzea e mistura das águas

This area, rich in natural heritage, has an unprecedented beauty as you walk along the road that borders the dam on the road that connects Soajo to the pretty village of Várzea. Core of great attractions: the landscape in full nature, with the river Lima always in sight of the horizon and the entire haystacks, which beautify the rural core.

After a quick visit, the tour begins precisely in the village of Várzea, next to the Lindoso dam, along a path that follows the old bed of the Laboreiro river (now transformed into a dam) to the “Mistura das Águas”, where the Pomba, Laboreiro and Lima rivers end up joining.

This route, already inserted in the Peneda sector, passes through several points of interest in the Peneda-Gerês National Park and the Gerês-Xurés Transfrontier Biosphere Reserve (RBTGX). For example, A Fraga das Pastorinhas, considered the biggest climbing wall in Portugal, has an impressive granite wall. The Tibo viewpoint, a few meters behind. Or the fantastic lake of the Druids, located in a beautiful clearing of oaks and where it is known that Druidry rituals were performed (a spirituality with Celtic roots, where its followers venerated nature and made it the basis of their belief) In this places we can find engravings left by our ancestors: for example, a templar cross and a fish (symbol of the first Christians)

On the other side, the amazing village of Olelas (Entrimo), and the Pozas do Mallón (Mallon pools) just a few meters above the Laboreiro river. Towards Lima, Lindoso reservoir joins the waters that come from the mountains, and forms an ideal environment for strolling, bathing or calmly contemplating the immensity.

This is a key route into what was smuggling in Raia (border).

Location

Mixing of the waters

Coordinates:

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Reservoir of Várzea, Arcos de Valdevez

Coordinates:

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Albufeira da Várzea e mistura das águas

Information of interest

Free access, option of walking from Várzea along the riverside trail.

Bibliography

Gerês-Xurés Transfrontier Biosphere Reserve (RBTGX) website: https://www.reservabiosferageresxures.eu/en

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