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BARRAGEM DE ALQUEVA
Overview
The largest dam in Portugal and the largest artificial lake in Europe was built on the River Guadiana, near the border with Spain. After it had been built it introduced different characteristics into the traditionally dry and arid Alentejo landscape and nowadays many of the nearby villages lie on the banks of this tranquil lake. Designed to create an irrigation zone for the Alentejo, the enormous 250 km2  lake is now also an important tourist area.