The development of some industrial activities has a significant visual and environmental impact on the territory. The exploitation of natural resources sometimes leads to major transformations of the landscape that in many cases are irreversible. But the cessation of some of these activities opens the door to projects that allow those spaces to be given a new life. Discover with us some of those places where nature and leisure have regained ground from the industry.
Four decades after the activities of the old Limeisa mine began, the place has undergone a radical change and the gap left by the millions of tons of extracted coal has given way to an immense 170-hectare lake that has just been open for the enjoyment of neighbors and visitors. With more than 2 kilometers in length, a maximum width of one kilometer and a depth that exceeds 200 meters, this large body of water has become an ideal space for leisure and sports activities. Almost a thousand species of flora and fauna come together in an area that also includes a large surrounding area, exceeding 700 hectares. The trails that surround the lake and cross the entire area, and the beach set up on one of its shores have already begun to receive the first visitors.
As Pontes Lake
As Pontes de García Rodríguez
A few years before the process was carried out in Cerceda, the old open-pit mine that supplied the As Pontes de García Rodríguez thermal power plant had already undergone a similar process of reconversion into a lake. In fact, next year will be a decade since that giant hole 18 kilometers in diameter, already completely filled with water, began its new life as an artificial lake (the largest in the country). Thus culminated the filling process carried out for several years with the contributions of the tributaries of the Eume River and rainwater, and a stage was opened that has led to the place becoming a reference space for leisure and the sport. Its beach, the offer of nautical activities, spaces for walking and hiking and other attractions such as a large zip line are some of the reasons why Lake As Pontes continues to gain followers.
Laguna de Mina Mercedes
Also known as Laguna de Santa Cristina, this space today converted into a leisure and rest area has its origin in an old clay extraction site that was in operation until the end of the last century. The lagoon covers an area of around 4 hectares and the adjoining land has been equipped with benches and a perimeter walk that make it an ideal place to enjoy a picnic and a walk. In addition, its waters have been declared a fishing ground without death and they also have platforms to facilitate the practice of this sport.
Montealegre Botanical Park
Ten years have now passed since the inauguration of the Montealegre botanical park, a space located in an area of more than 100,000 square meters that once housed quarries and mines. Part of that industrial stage can be seen today in its open-air auditorium excavated in rock. The stones are also a fundamental element for leisure in the area enabled for climbing, although the vegetation is the main protagonist of the area thanks to the reforestation work carried out throughout the area. The park also has a viewpoint that offers a wide panoramic view of the city of Burgas.
The gap left by an old stone extraction operation in Morgadáns was used to set up a leisure space highly appreciated by the residents of the area. The artificial lake, duly subjected to a purification process, was filled with life with the introduction of native species and its surroundings, equipped with benches and tables, have been an interesting leisure alternative for just a year.
Pedras Miúdas Lagoon
Although bathing there was prohibited a year ago due to the dangerous access to water, this lagoon formed in the space left by an old quarry continues to be a place of great natural interest. It has an environmental classroom, a space for parking vehicles and areas for walks through paths and walkways. Its environment was also recovered by planting native plant species.
The old Coruña landfill is today one of the prides of the city. Its more than 60 hectares, the 13 kilometers of trails that run through it, its 2,000 square meters of water surface (it has two lakes, one of them with a waterfall), the abundant urban furniture with which it has been equipped, and the views that It offers both the city and the ocean make Bens Park an ideal place to disconnect from the bustle of the streets and relax while strolling. It was inaugurated 20 years ago and there you can also see the Blanca Quiroga rescue boat, converted into a monument after several decades protecting people from the sea.
The railway lines contributed to structuring the territory allowing the movement of goods and people, but they also opened scars in the landscape, becoming a barrier for the people who lived on its margins. However, the abandonment of some of these routes has allowed them to be recovered as spaces for leisure, as has happened in A Pontenova where part of the old railway line that linked the Vilaoudriz mine with the loading dock located in the Ribadeo estuary now serves as a path green. A third of the more than 30 kilometers of the old route has been conditioned for walking through old tunnels and wooded areas of great natural and scenic attraction.