Sanabria Lake Natural Park


The Sanabria Lake Natural Park includes 23,365 hectares in the westernmost part of the province of Zamora.

It was created by the Spanish Government in 1978, although it already had some protection since the 1940s. 

The Sanabria Lake Natural Park is a vast glacial landscape where there are cirques, valleys, moraines and lakes from ancient times.

The whole area is located around the Sanabria Lake, that is the biggest lake of glacial origin in Spain. It has an extension of 318 hectares and a maximum depth of 53 metres.

The lake of Sanabria has several beaches and it is the main tourist attraction of the area since bathing is allowed. The main river basin of the area is that of the Tera river. It forms on its route a narrow gorge of a great landscape value that goes to other points of interest such as the waterfall of the Ninfas or the cave of San Martín.

Among its cultural values, it is worth to mention the Romanesque monastery of Santa María and the beautiful Medieval city centre of Puebla de Sanabria, located 12 km far from the park.

Vegetation and fauna

The oak tree is the plant species predominant in the park, although there are also other species such as the ash, the willow, the chestnut tree and the holly tree. On high heights there is thicket typical of the mountain.

The water of Sanabria Lake is filled with trouts, much appreciated by fishing enthusiasts. The park has numerous specimens of otter, roe deer, wild boar, golden eagle, peregrine falcon or eagle owl. One of its most representative animal is the wolf.

Hiking and how to get there

The Sanabria Lake is also a leisure centre during the warmest months. In addition to bathing in summer, canoeing and pedaloing are permitted. There are also activities such as the navigation on board of an aeolic-solar Catamaran.

There is a network of trails formed by different paths that route the most interesting nooks of the area. Some of them are the Senda de los Monjes, that has really good views to the lake, the Cañón del Tera and Cueva de San Martín or Las Lagunas de Carros y Sotillo.

The most common access to the Sanabria Lake is from the road A-52 (that joins Madrid with Vigo) taking the diversion towards the ZA-104 in Puebla de Sanabria. The Sanabria Lake has public car parks. You can also get to the surrounding villages by public transport.

Recommendations on where to eat and where to sleep around

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In Cobreros

El Pico del Fraile restaurant

In Puebla de Sanabria

Plaza de Armas restaurant

Mesón Abelardo restaurant

La Cartería restaurant

In Ribadelago

Don Pepe restaurant

César restaurant

El Majo restaurant

In San Martín de Castañeda

El Recreo restaurant

El Balcón del Lago restaurant

La Terraza

In Trefacio

El Sendero del Agua restaurant

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In Cobreros

El Pico del Fraile inn

In Galende

El Ruso hostel

In Porto

Porto hotel

In Puebla de Sanabria

Parador de Puebla de Sanabria

Posada de las Misas hotel

Posada La Pascasia holiday cottages

La Cartería Posada

La Hoja de Roble holiday cottages

Isla de Puebla camping

In Ribadelago

Don Pepe hotel

César hostel

Los Robles camping

In San Martín de Castañeda

El Balcón del Lago hotel

El Recreo holiday cottages

In Sotillo de Sanabria

Entre Acebos holiday cottages

In Trefacio

El Sendero del Agua hotel

El Rincón de Trefacio holiday cottages

In Vigo de Sanabria

El Folgoso camping

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Catamaran Helios Cousteau (Lago de Sanabria)

Horseback riding Sanabria a Caballo (Pedrazales de Sanabria)

Active tourism Trades Aventura (Zamora)

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Casa del Parque. Monasterio de Santa María, Plaza de la Iglesia s/n. San Martín de Castañeda. Zamora. Spain. Phone: +34 980 621 595. GPS coordinates GPS 42º 8′ 7,20″ N – 6º 43′ 12,95″ W)

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