Engolasters lake: the most accessible

Engolasters lake

The Engolasters lake is the most accessible and nearby lake. It has all kinds of comforts: restaurants and various recreational activities, also you can arrive there easily.

The Engolasters dam is the first one built in Andorra (1932-1934) and has a strategic role in the hydroelectric network of FEDA. FEDACULTURA has installed some panels around the lake that give explanations of this extensive and varied role. Visitors can do the Camí Hidroelèctric d’Engolasters if they come during the summer which is the opening period.

The Engolasters lake is a lake that, before being a reservoir for a hydroelectric use, existed for natural reasons without having a river that fed it. There is a legend that wants to explain its origin and that we can find in Andorra antiga .

Now this lake is the main water reservoir of the hydraulic device. This means that its utility is to control the dammed water, and its potential energy, with the objective of driving it to the hydroelectric plant to transform it into electricity through the forced pipe that connects the lake with the power station.

We can do two very interesting and differentiated itineraries from Encamp or from Escaldes following the old way that was used before constructing the road to Engolasters and where we can discover the Romanic chapel of Sant Miquel d'Engolasters. The itinerary from Encamp is the shortest one.

Starting from Encamp

  • distance: 5,2 km (round trip)
  • altitude difference: 410 m+/-
  • duration: 2 h 30 (1 h 30 go up and 1 h step down)
  • difficulty level: easy
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  • Starting point: Encamp, in front of the Museu de l’automòbil; 42.53278, 1.57759; Googlemaps 

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Starting from Escaldes:

  • distance: 10,6 km (round trip)
  • altitude difference: 560 m+/-
  • duration: 4 h (2 h 20 go up and 1 h 40 step down)
  • difficulty level: medium
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  • Starting point: in front of the tourism office of Escaldes-Engordany; Googlemaps

We will take the old way that was used before constructing the road to Engolasters.

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