GC8BYE3- Praia fluvial de Cardigos
FLUVIAL BEACH. THE CARDIGOS' DRAWING ROOM.
The idea of building a river beach in the parish of Cardigos arose in the 90s of the 20th century, when the Malhadal and Aldeia Ruiva, in the municipality of Proença a Nova, began to show their potential as spaces for leisure and enjoyment. There were several enthusiasts, connected to the parish council of Cardigos and to the municipality of Mação. That, each one in its own time, congregating good wills and harmonizing interests, were widening the initial space, acquiring land and making improvements in works in a process with some advances and retreats.
The choice of the place inside the parish was not an easy process, opting for a situation that, relatively close to the village, guaranteed the presence of some water, in the Vergancinho stream, downstream of the dam with the same name.
The works started timidly and soon stopped due to lack of motivation and funds. The state of complete abandonment of the facilities built in the meantime invited free vandalism which, for several years, aggravated the situation. It seemed that "the white elephant from the parish of Cardigos" had been created and, for a long time, the project fell into oblivion. Everyone thought that there would never be a beach again.
Until, in 2011, it was possible to introduce new dynamics and a new conceptual model. The works started again unstoppable to make possible the affirmation of the PRAIA FLUVIAL de CARDIGOS in the set of leisure spaces of the interior of Portugal, assuming itself as a true "living room" of the parish of Cardigos.
N 39º 42' 34.081'' W 8º 0' 50.879''
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