Located in the surrounding region of Aveiro, the breathtaking Pateira de Fermentelos, also known as "the sleeping Lagoon", is the biggest natural lagoon of the Iberian Peninsula. An inspiring place of contemplation and utter beauty, deeply rich in biodiversity.
The name "pateira" is related to the Portuguese word "pato" (duck), because of the abundance of ducks in this beautiful wetland. Pateira de Fermentelos covers an area of variable surface and depth, according to the season. However, it can reach a maximum of more than 5 square Kilometers. The biggest area is located in the council of Águeda, also covering the region of Aveiro and Oliveira do Bairro.
In hydrographic terms, the lagoon is part of the Cértima river basin. The lagoon is fed by the River Cértima (upstream), the Ribeira do Pano (to the west), occasionally by other run-off, and by groundwater.
Pateira de Fermentelos is part of the European Natura 2000 network, meaning that its habitats and ecosystems enjoy a special national and international protection. In terms of fauna, it is also home to otters, water moles and Iberian frogs, fish such as shad and twait shad, as well as other birds such as sandpipers and black kites. The flora ranges from water lilies to wicker.
This natural lagoon is also a great place for fishing enthusiasts who can find here large mouth bass, pike, carp, grey mullet and perch.
Pateira de Fermentos is also a great spot for bird-watching. There are many enchanting bird species that can be spotted here, namely: the purple heron (Ardea purpurea), the Great Egret (Ixobrychus minutus) and the Osprey (Circus aeruginosus).
Ideal for families and nature aficionados, this lagoon offers its visitors many relaxing areas, dazzling viewpoints, walking trails, boat tours in the typical "bateiras", water bikes, horse rides and bike tours, at the heart of an eye-catching natural landscape.
A truly memorable natural paradise !