The lake

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The lake is about 3.8 kilometers long and a width ranging between 900 and 1,600 meters, receives water from the River Tera and more heavily on the numerous springs that emerge from the background. These springs cause zones with different temperature of the lake from the road up to Lake Fish can see different colors in the lake water with different reflections. Our establishment is within the town of New Ribadelago, also called "Franco". Despite the Law of Historical Memory remains with that name.

This has been for many years the official name of the people, because it was built again between 60 to 62 because the old one was destroyed by the flood of water from the dam failure of Vega de Tera, This dam is the same as the day broke, January 9, 1959, and can reach it by the barrel of Tera, extending a little more the official hiking trail.

Ribadelago New, is an atypical town of Sanabria, their houses are white, whitewashed, it was built between 1960 to 1962 to alleviate the effects of the flood, with the materials intended to build on the repopulation of Andalusia and South Extremadura. It therefore seems an Andalusian village in the heart of northern Sierra.

Hostal Martin (your house from now on) is in the central town square. On the local road ZA-104, km. 15 approx. No need to use your car you can access bathing areas with a little walk less than 500 meters.
The beaches are more suitable for small areas that prairie children. Those who do not know anything about the area he surprised that you speak of beaches, it is true, we have 4 or 5 beaches with sand as the sea, but with the difference that the water of the lake is sweet, and you can even drink . Bathing in the lake is a pleasure that you will not find in any area of ​​Spain.
My favorite beach of the Custallago, but you also have those Viquiella, Dwarves and El Folgoso.
Throughout the area is forbidden to bathe animals, used motor boats, objects or wash cars, etc. So that everything is kept clean as usual. Currently it has achieved a degree of cleaning roads, ditches and high parking, we hope to remain so thanks to your collaboration.

Talking del Lago, you can tell the Christian legend that attributed to St. James the creation of the Lake (the truth is I do not know if I was the Santiago Apostol which rolled or Jesus Christ himself):
They say Lucerne Valverde (former name of the town) came a pilgrim who went to the village bread oven, where he asked to give him bread and something to drink. Only in an oven where they were making bread helped, and that unless the bakers. As others denied it was pissed off considerably, and took his cane and pinning him on the ground, he said in Sanabrés: - Here I Finco my stick and forth a gargallón. And he began to pour water until it covered all the people, only saved the oven.
So we say today that at Night of San Juan, June 24, sinless people hear the bell tolling of the people covered by water. The funny thing, destroy the people and then we put its name to a calendar day. The curse is extended not only to be destroyed by the waters but also for the other elements, air and earth.
Hopefully not met in the next 1000 years.

The legend and the flood of 1959 are confused in the information they receive some tourists, and that makes many visitors seek the people covered by water. You will not find, the lake is older than the man. This
Legend has many versions depending on the origin of the count but in summary is as I have told you, more or less.

To keep it clean is necessary to take care, we have made a major effort to care for him a lot so you can see in all its glory. As you go get that everything is the same.

The lake is very special and attractive, you tell me. You can do windsurfing, canoeing, swimming, etc … But all this carefully. It is not dangerous but it is big and you have him the same respect as any beach in the sea. If you're not a real skilled in the water limit yourself to the beaches or the shore.

Tourism generally goes to the beach Custallago, but there is a lonely corner called Seoane, at the northern end of the lake. There's no one and can enjoy the lake without the hassles of crowds of bathers.

Among the beaches Custallago and Dwarfs, there is a beautiful spot with a spring of sulphurous water that is very special, in-house film Marsillach and Silvia Pinal, entitled "Maribel and the strange family" was filmed, and she lived Unamuno politically while hiding something (I think) and here wrote one of his books "San Manuel good martyr", which is a religious mess of care. This corner is called Bouzas. These corners are pretty all year but have a special charm in autumn and winter with mist and moisture.