Embalse de la Pedrera (Torremendo Lake)
One magnificent sight not to be missed, near Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa or indeed Costa Calida, is Embalse de la Pedrera (La Pedrera Lake). In fact, this alluring location is also close to a number of inland towns, including Orihuela. Take a short drive from San Miguel de Salinas on one side, or the village of Torremendo on the other, to approach the lake and revel in the beauty laid out before you. On a sunny day, any time of the year, a magical shade of turquoise emanates from the water of this beautiful lagoon, affectionately called ‘Torremendo lake’ by some of the locals.
Serving as a reservoir supplying water for surrounding areas, La Pedrera is an artificial wetland peppered with a diversity of fauna. Built on the Rambla Alcorisa bed in 1980 it is set in the middle of a low mountain range known as Cabezo del Moro. With a capacity for water storage of 246.9 hm3 over 1,272 ha, it is owned by the Segura Hydrographic Confederation. The reservoir distributes water from the transfer canal of the combined rivers Tajo and Segura. The canal in turn is used to irrigate fields in the Murcia region, while also as a supply for tap water to some local towns.
Drive, walk, cycle…
Though parking isn’t easily accessible by the shore, the reservoir is a lovely place to take a walk, through the Mediterranean flora and fauna that grows randomly in the arid earth. Bring your dogs, they’ll love it, as they find lots of little nooks and crannies to explore, excitedly lunging forward in anticipation. Avid cyclists enjoy this scenic route and even taking a drive around the lake is extremely gratifying, with incredible views. Swimming isn’t permitted but you might catch sight of kayaks out on the water or fishermen (with permits) anticipating their catch of the day.
Casa de Pedrera
Casa de Pedrera, built on the edge of the Embalse de la Pedrera, is the renowned Grand Design House in Spain, having featured in the Channel 4 programme ‘Grand Designs Abroad’ many years ago. The house itself is not open to the public but such activities as horse riding, quad biking, archery, air rifle shooting, walking and hiking around the nature reserve and reservoir, are organised by Casa de Pedrera. After any of these activities, which should be booked in advance, the use of the house’s beautiful swimming pool and terrace, together with the picnic area, are permitted.
Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy a day on the lake where there is a huge variety of fish to be caught. Costa Blanca Quad Tours provide rods, bait and tackle for hire. Fishing is one of many activities that can also be booked through them, around La Pedrera lake.
Picnic or dine locally
Visitors to Embalse de la Pedrera, whether driving or cycling, stopping for a walk or partaking in activities, need not go hungry. If feeling a little peckish, restaurants can be accessed on either approach to the lake in the village of Torremendo and the town of San Miguel de las Salinas or further afield. Alternatively, take a picnic and relax in the outdoors. What a wonderful way to savour both your culinary delights of choice and the picturesque location!