Alqueva

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What is Alqueva in Portugal?

People in Portugal, specially in the south, are truly proud of Alqueva’s tranquility, colour and, most of all, its beauty and life. “Alqueva” is a word derived from “alqueive”, “fallow lands” or “deserted”, of dry soils eager for water. Well, now, there seems to be plenty of it.

What is the Alqueva Dam?

The Alqueva Dam is the largest dam and artificial lake (250 square kilometres (97 sq mi)) in Western Europe. During the 1950s, the Portuguese Prime Minister, António de Oliveira Salazar, ordered a study of the feasibility of the dam project.

What to do in Alqueva?

Visit Alqueva to discover these landscapes – lake, flower fields, castles. The lake covers 5 Alentejo municipalities – Portel, Moura, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Mourão and Alandroal – and also some Spanish ones across the water border (Olivença, Cheles, Alconchel and Villanueva del Fresno).

How deep is Alqueva lake in Portugal?

When filled to capacity, the shoreline of Alqueva Lake, also known as Grande Lago, is nearly 1200 kilometers and the maximum depth is about 100 meters. A well-developed commercial marina has grown-up to the southeast of the town of Amieira, which provides all types of boating services.

Where is Alqueva Dam in Portugal?

Location of Alqueva Dam in Portugal. The Alqueva Dam is an arch dam and the centrepiece of the Alqueva Multipurpose Project. It impounds the River Guadiana, on the border of Beja and Évora Districts in south of Portugal. The dam takes its name from the town of Alqueva to its right bank.

What is Alqueva?

“Alqueva” is a word derived from “alqueive”, “fallow lands” or “deserted”, of dry soils eager for water. Well, now, there seems to be plenty of it.

Why visit the Great Lake of Alqueva?

The Great Lake resulting from the Alqueva Reservoir provides the perfect place for spending a few days relaxing and in good company. We are talking about one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe, built on the River Guadiana. It has a reservoir of 250km2 and covers five Alentejo municipalities, with many points of interest.

What are Alqueva islets?

Small islets, small pieces of land that become a dream in something bigger. People in Portugal, specially in the south, are truly proud of Alqueva’s tranquility, colour and, most of all, its beauty and life.

What to eat and drink in Alqueva?

Naturally, in Alqueva, as is the case across the country, you cannot resist the flavours of the regional cuisine. In this case, we suggest the açorda (bread casserole), migas (breadcrumbs and garlic sauté), the pork dishes, the sausages and the Alentejo wines.

What to do in Alqueva Lake?

Alqueva Dam is also known as “Inner Sea” because of its dimension and the infinite possibilities available for water fun. Activities in Alqueva Lake – How about a quiet hike on the shores? Just for starters… It is important that you known that in Alqueva Lake there are 8 floating berths.

What is Alqueva in Portugal?

People in Portugal, specially in the south, are truly proud of Alqueva’s tranquility, colour and, most of all, its beauty and life. “Alqueva” is a word derived from “alqueive”, “fallow lands” or “deserted”, of dry soils eager for water. Well, now, there seems to be plenty of it.

What to do in Alentejano?

Megalithic monuments dedicated to unknown gods, Museu do Azeite (Olive Oil Museum), Casa do Cante Alentejano (House of Alentejo Singing). Going for several sports activities on Alqueva lake is absolutely essential to the most adventurous.

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