The lago is super-nice with several sandy beaches for wonderful "refreshing" swimming in the clear but COLD lake. It is in a beautiful mountain setting with some wonderful small Spanish towns around (and Portuguese towns just over the border). The visitor's center has good exhibits. Saw some big trout in the lake but, strangely, no one fishing. We went during the US Labor Day holiday the first weekend of September and things were definitely winding down and apparently much less crowded than during the peak of summer. We also saw a large, singular grove of HUGE ancient chestnut trees in a "church yard" of a very old church sourrounded by a stone wall. It was just a very tranquil and peaceful place as we were the only visitors. I would highly recommend a visit to the lake and its surrounds. Puebla de Sanabria is one of the larger towns and is also quite nice and has a nicely lit castle at night.
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