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Cooling Off | by Paul 'Tuna' Turner
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Cooling Off

Daniela -still with sunglasses on - enjoying the cooling waters of the Alqueva Lake in Portugal.


The Great Lake Alqueva is a giant man-made reservoir in the middle of the Alentejo region in southern Portugal.


Covering an area of 250 square kms, it was created by the erection a damn across the River Guadiana in 2004, flooding the valleys and enveloping the village of Luz.


The Amieira Marina provides houseboats for people to take out on to the waters and sail to towns and villages such as Monsaraz and Mourao, as well as stopping at small docks along the way for overnight stays or to swim and kayak.


You can hire a boat for as long as you want and meander around from town to town for as long as you want, trusted to look after the boats after a very quick lesson.


This is the travel feature I wrote about it all:

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Taken on June 28, 2011