Barrea Lake

The Barrea Lake is an artificial lakeand created with the damming of the Sangro river; it is located in the province of L'Aquila within the Abruzzo National Park, between Lazio and Molise, in the mountain community of Alto Sangro and the Cinque Miglia plateau.

It is located at one altitude of 980 masl, with a length of about 5 km, a width of 500 meters and a maximum depth of 31 m.
Monte Greco with its 2249 m is the highest peak.

The lake is surrounded by woods which give it the characteristic green color, with very cold, very clean waters, where you can swimThe climate is typical of the mountains, cold in winter and cool in summer.

Among the specimens of avifauna you can meet egrets, mallards, knights of Italy, moorhens, kingfishers.
The Apennine territory offers shelter to wolves, Marsican brown bears, deer, Abruzzo chamois; among the great birds of prey there is the golden eagle, but also other birds such as herons and grebes.
Among the flora we find the black pine, the iris that grows only in some places between May and June, and the most beautiful and rare orchid "the slipper of Venus".

Along its banks there are pedestrian and cycle paths allow the visitor to take walks in total relaxation; along the road that flanks it you will find rest areas equipped with benches, refreshment points and some beaches where there are umbrellas, you can rent pedal boats, sunbeds, canoes, skates and still continuing along its perimeter you will find campsites, equestrian centers and restaurants.

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Fishing is allowed with a daily permit available at the Museo del Lupo in Alfedena; Advance booking is recommended, approximately two weeks before the stay.

The favored technique is Carp Fishing, but also match fishing, while night fishing is favored only in some areas.
Among the itineraries that may interest tourists is the Camosciara route, a protected area that owes its name to the many chamois from which it is populated. It is one of the most beautiful areas to visit in the Abruzzo National Park, also suitable for novice hikers, it has two types of routes, one of which is more suitable for families with children.
During the journey you will have the privilege of meeting lush beech forests and wonderful waterfalls.

The walls of Camosciara are similar to those of the Dolomites, composed of limestone and dolomite rock which allow the streams to make spectacular jumps and waterfalls.
In this excursion you will have the opportunity to see many botanical species and many animal species.

Other interesting excursions concern the picturesque villages of Barrea, Villetta Barrea and Civitella Alfedena.
Barrea, a characteristic village destination for tourism dedicated to excursions, in fact from its inhabited center several paths depart that lead to interesting areas such as Lake Vivo, Lake Pantaniello, Lake Barrea and the Resuni refuge.

Perched on a spur, with a historic center that retains the structure of a fortified village, with cobbled streets, stone houses, ancient churches and palaces surrounded by the city walls. You can taste different gastronomic products such as orapo a wild spinach that is used in the preparation of first courses.

The village of Villetta Barrea is about 3 km from the Camosciara route; its history is linked to the Samnites whose megalithic walls can still be admired. The center was born around a castle built in 1300.
Here you can admire the black pine forest, a relic of the glacial period, while in the Pantano area near the Godi Pass, you can see the millenary beech.

Typical dishes include trout in white wine, beans with orapi (wild spinach) and almond sweets.
Civitella Alfedena is the smallest village in the valley with its 300 inhabitants (approximately) at an altitude of 1121 m asl fascinates the tourist for its narrow alleys, its stone houses and its typical handicraft shops with hand weaving and of painting on ceramics.

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