Most beautiful lakes in the world: mountain lakes of Andorra
On the one hand, the examination of Andorran natural landscapes is an incomparable pleasure. On the other hand, it is a unique opportunity to play with imagination, to mull over the past in order to understand the present and real wealth of our nature and its vulnerability. As well as to memorize this incredible beauty that is opened to us from mountain peaks. Philosophical meditations in the mountains are natural and customarily.
Here is the information on 6 most remarkable lakes, located on the territory of Andorra
1. Juclar Lake—is the widest lake in Andorra. Its area is 21.3 hectares. Its deep, calm, blue waters—is an outstanding superlative of the walk in the mountains. The route starts from Baladosa Bridge (Vall d’Incles, Canillo). The average time of ascension is 3 hours 10 minutes from Baladosa Bridge (Incles bus stop); the time of descent is 2 hour 40 minutes. The altitude difference is 465 meters. The altitude: about 2300 m. The grade of complexity is medium. Here you can find a shelter for overnight stay (classifier 2**). The possibility of accommodation in rooms for 6 and 9 people (cost of a bed and dinner for one person starts from 39 euros).
2. Moreno Lake emerged in the result of subsoil water leakage. It is surrounded by dark pines, break-stone deposits are all around. The waters of the lake nourish the mountain river of Ensangents. The route starts from Cortals d’Encamp CS-220 (Encamp), further on the path leads through thick pine forest; one may find bearings by means of yellow markings. The average time of ascension is 3 hours; the time of descent is 2 hours 45 minutes. The altitude difference is 550 m. The grade of complexity is medium.
3. Glacial Tristaina “ring” with 3 lakes. The grade of complexity of this route is low. Thus this route will appear enjoyable even for the smallest travelers. All over the route tourists may see information panels on the diversity of flora and fauna. This area harbors ermines that are considered to be the mascots of the area. The route starts from Coma del Forat (Arcalis, Ordino). The average time of ascension is 1 hour 20 minutes. The altitude difference is 220 meters.
4. Black Lake (Negre) is located in the south-east of Comapedrosa peak—the highest peak in Andorra—and makes a part of the Natural Park (Parque Natural) that is located in the cognominal valley. One may get here, following the path that leads to the top of the mountain. This route goes at the maximum altitude in comparison to other routes, its differential characteristic –is a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The route starts from Arinsal (Prats Sobirans, La Massana). The average time of ascension is 3 hours, the time of descent—2 hours 10 minutes. The altitude difference is 1066m. The grade of complexity is high.
5. De la Nou Lake – it is possible to get here following the road from Naturlandia Park through Port Negre, but only by all-wheel drive vehicles. Further on, one will need to leave the car, as far as only a narrow walking path leads to the lake from Claror peak. The route starts from Prat de Conange (Sant Julia de Loria). The average time of ascension is 3 hours, the time of descent – 2 hours 25 minutes. The altitude difference is 500m. The grade of complexity is low.
6. Engolasters Lake—is recommended for the visits of those, who prefer active family leisure, aimed at different age groups. It is possible to have a walk around the lake, to have lunch in one of the restaurants and then to proceed the walk towards Encamp parroquia over Les Padrines path or towards Escaldes parroquia over Lef Fonts path. Whatever direction you choose, you will be followed by magnificent views and thick mountainous forests. The parking is located in 10-minute walking distance from the lake. The grade of complexity is low.