Pedrógão Grande is a part of central Portugal that boasts some magnificent waterways. The Cabril dam (“barragem”), which serves the region with domestic electricity, forms a lagoon which is enjoyed by many locals and tourists.

Pedrogao Grande dam

Pedrogao Grande dam

The dam was built in 1954 on the River Zêzere, and its accompanying lagoon also features a floating swimming pool. Locals flock to the waters here to enjoy scuba diving, jet skiing, skiing, swimming, boating, canoeing or just picnics.

Floating pool at Cabril

Floating pool at Cabril

Downstream is a second lagoon, Albufeira da Bouça, covering 500 hectares and there is a small river beach (“praia fluvial”) at Açude de Mega – this is in the village of Mega Fundeira. The waters are clear here, so the small beach can draw a crowd.

If you want a bit more space, go to Praia Fluvial do Mosteiro, a larger beach located in the village Mosteiro. There’s a cafe bar here, which is nice compared with many river beaches, which have no amenities.

Some useful links:

About Pedrogao Grande – with gallery

Pedrogao Grande region map

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