Guadalest Reservoir

The emerald green waters of the Guadalest Reservoir always amaze visitors to the area. The green colour is caused by tiny particles of silt suspended in the water. It is perfectly safe to swim in, although it is certainly not suitable for small children or poor swimmers as the water soon gets very deep. The best access for swimming is from the car parking area at the dam. Go through the gates (where it says dangerous swimming "peligro de bano") and after a minute you will find some access paths down to the shore. From June through to October you probably don't need a wetsuit. In mid summer it is the perfect temperature for a dip!

The dam was built across the Guadalest River between 1953 and 1964 and is 73 meters high, 270 meters long and supplies water to many towns and villages in the area, including Benidorm.

There is a good walk around the Lake, on minor roads and paths. about 10km in length.

The Guadalest dam is a great place for fresh water fishing, but you'll need a licence.

You can drive across the dam and along the North side of the lake by taking the turning marked "Embalse de Guadalest" on the road from Guadalest to Callosa. It is also just 5kms by a minor road from Abdet. Follow the (camino rural) road from the bottom of the village all the way to the bridge on the West side of the lake. You could park near here and walk around the lake.

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