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Lakes

Natural Environment

Lakes of the Altiplano
de Granada
Granada, Andalucía, Spain

Negratín

The Embalse de Negratín, in the Altiplano de Granada, is one of the largest reservoirs in Europe with an approximate length of 22 km. It was created in 1984 from the river Guadiana Menor.

There are many beautiful views of the lake which can be seen from above and along its shores. The tranquil deep blue of the water is in stark contrast to the semi-desert backdrop of rust-red and ochre, deeply-eroded cliff faces. In places, pine-clad slopes descend to meet the shoreline and there are several beaches around the lake, one of which, at
Cuevas del Campo, is naturist.

Even in August, the beaches are blissfully peaceful and there is a profound silence that is hard to find in the world of today.

Activities which can be enjoyed on the lake include canoeing, windsurfing, swimming and the use of pedaloes.

Not far from the village of
Zújar there are thermal springs which have been known for their therapeutic qualities since Roman times. Here also is located one of the several restaurants which are situated around the reservoir, all of which offer panoramic views of the lake.

Lake Negratín
El Portillo

Lake Negratín

El Portillo

El Portillo

This scenic reservoir is close to the village of Castril and offers recreational areas for picnicking and swimming, as well facilitities for canoeing.

San Clemente

The Embalse de San Clemente is another attractive, large reservoir not far from the town of Huéscar. Swimming in the lake is not advisable although it is a lovely, tranquil picnic spot.

La Bolera

Although not actually in the Altiplano, this beautiful reservoir is well worth a mention. It is a short drive from the village of Castril and set within the stunning Natural Park of Sierra de Cazorla. There are picnic areas as well as a restaurant and there is easy access to the water for swimming.


San Clemente
Lake Bolera

San Clemente

Lake Bolera

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