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Praia do Azibo

Praia do Azibo
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Azibo Beach
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In a country that has been shaped by its coastline, from historic times through to the modern tourist industry Praia do Azibo is something of an oddity. A quick look at the map will confirm that Azibo is about as far from the coast as you can get in Portugal. In fact it is actually closer to the border with Spain.

Azibo beach is in fact situated on a large reservoir created by the Azibo dam around 40Km from the city of Bragança. There are several advantages to having a beach on a lake, some more obvious than others. Firstly, it is safe with the absence of waves plus the water is clean enough to drink - literally! Not only ideal for swimming, the beach at Azibo is also the perfect spot for canoeing and windsurfing.

This area is also particularly picturesque and a haven for wildlife. The Protected Landscape of the Azibo Reservoir was established in 1999 and covers much of the surrounding countryside near Macedo de Cavaleiros. In addition the area around the reservoir is home to some notable prehistoric and Roman remains.

As if all this wasn't enough, Praia do Azibo is a Blue Flag beach, guaranteeing the quality of amenities and beach alike.

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