Cami Llac d'Engolasters, Encamp Parish

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Lake Engolasters, in the Encamp parish of Andorra, is an oblong shaped lake at an elevation of 1616m. formed in a glacial depression. It is located close to Andorra La Vella, the capital of Andorra.The lake water is deep blue and is drained by a drainage basin formed by the Pyrenees mountain ranges, which are snow-covered. The valley formed by the rivers draining the catchment provides an enchanting view with green meadows and rich forest of pine trees nearer to the lake periphery. The water source to the lake is from the East Valira and Madriu rivers. The stored water in the reservoir is utilized for generating hydroelectric power at the power station located near Encamp village. There is a cable car rope way from Encamp to the lake area, which is a line.LegendA legend related to the history and formation of the lake claims that Engolasters was formed by a sudden gush of water unleashed by divine powers in order to chastise the impiety of a beautiful woman, who was said to be an ancient inhabitant of a village close to the lake shore. According to legend, the woman refused to give a piece of a bread to a starving pilgrim, said to be Christ himself. Legend also tells that all the stars in the sky, illuminated by the beauty of lake, were destined to fall to the lake bed and stay there as prisoners for eternity.Another interesting legend narrated is of Engolasters Lake as the site of ceremonies held by witches (said to be a common belief in the Pyrenees). These ceremonies were held in the form of naked dances performed by the witches on the precincts of the lake. People were scared to watch these ceremonies as it was believed that anyone watching these performances would be turned into a dog or stone by the witches.
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  • Hiking in the mountains d' Engolasters, walk you get to the Lake, you can lean out the wall of the dam and take some pictures very cool. In nature you can enjoy a moment of peace and quiet.
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  • Steep walk, not suitable for untrained hikers. Rise 485 metres over approximately 2 kilometres. Be fine. End fun by interesting more where electricity is generated with signs with explanation of history.
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  • The path part of the parking of the Automobile Museum, Encamp starts right next to the parking lot just in the Lakes restaurant called Lady of the Lake, and there is a level meter. Always in the shade, did it in August in the hours of more heat, and is appreciated. If you belong to the Group of the title do not go here.
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  • Nice place to walk around or have a picnic. Good for families as there is parking close and no real hiking.
  • That can be visited. Can be reached by car (blue zone parking, free on Sunday) and following a path can be accessed easily walk. There is a way around to cross it walking calmly. On one side there are two bars and restaurants, if you want to spend the day there. The views are spectacular, breathtaking view surrounded by Green Mountain reservoir. Highly recommended
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  • Very nice pond. Shame about the two artificial towers that spoil the landscape
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  • Beautiful but artificial lake environment. Surrounded by pine trees. Weekends are quite busy due to its proximity to Andorra la Vella. It has several routes short and pleasant walk. The circular route is 30'
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  • Great place to go with the children even with baby cart (in this case take the green route) is a beautiful and very very easy walk. Not fail to bring the food and take it in mode picnic as there is a large area of grass to eat comfortably. The Lake turn whole rhythm of child are 90 minutes. We did one side of the Lake, we ate, and then another. Very well.
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