Game and Nature Reserves

Lake Engolasters, in the Encamp parish of Andorra, is an oblong shaped lake at an elevation of 1,616 m (5,302 ft). formed in a glacial depression. It is located close to Andorra La Vella, the capital of Andorra. The lake water is deep blue and is drained by a drainage basin formed by the Pyrenees mountain ranges, which are snow-covered. The valley formed by the rivers draining the catchment provides an enchanting view with green meadows and rich forest of pine trees nearer to the lake periphery. The water source to the lake is from the East Valira and Madriu rivers. The stored water in the reservoir is utilized for generating hydroelectric power at the power station located near Encamp village.

The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Nature Park is the biggest park in Andorra, with over 40,000 protected hectares in the parishes of Andorra la Vella, Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany and Sant Julià de Lòria. It covers 10% of the surface area of Andorra and its landscape is spectacularly beautiful, which is why it was declared a UNESCO cultural landscape world heritage site. Guided tours for visitors are organised in summer to discover not just the fauna and flora, but also the footprint left by humans, who have made sustainable use of its resources for over 700 years. The “bordas” (small buildings for farm animals) and remains of forges are just two such examples. It has four big car parks at the main entrances in each parish.

 

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