The largest artificial lake in Spain
We are approaching to the municipality of As Pontes de García Rodríguez, situated in the region of Eume, between A Coruña and Lugo. Some kilometers before our arrival its chimney of 356 metres high, the tallest of Europe, welcomes us to this singular town. The landscape that appears in front of us, with the thermal central of Endesa and its wide refrigeration towers, seems us vaguely familiar and it is because of it that already a lot of people call As Pontes The Springfield of Galicia.
But without any doubt what attract more attention of As Pontes is its huge lake of 17,5 km perimeter and its more than 200 meters of depth, that make this artificial lake the largest of Spain.
The excellent quality of its waters along with the variety of its fauna that has colonize the region in a natural way, make difficult to believe that this enormous space has been during a lot of years a coal mine.
In less than four years its filling has been completed, thanks to the water of the rain and the rivers, giving place to the aquatic landscape that we can see in our days. Now, the lake of As Pontes is an enormous reserve of water and hope where neighbors and visitors enjoy the temperate waters as well as an artificial beach inconceivable some time ago.
Every day more and more people come to visit this unique environment or to enjoy the numerous activities that are celebrated in it, for example the Nacional competition of sail or the first triathlon Ironman of Galicia. Without any doubt, this village has demonstrated that with work and dedication even the most unthinkable can be possible.
Photos courtesy of Marta González Felgueiras