What you will see
Archeological artifacts, Freshwater Life, Rock Formations, Sandy bottom
Located in central Portugal and around 100km northeast of Lisbon, the Castelo de Bode Dam built on the Zezêre River is an exciting alternative to the typical dive.
First, you will dive in an exotic environment on a rural and interior area of Portugal, where you usually wouldn't go. Just for that, it is a worthy dive.
And diving here is also an alternative when the weather doesn’t allow you to go sea diving. The Portuguese divers go there often just for the training.
When you arrive, the car park is just a few meters away from the water and from a small boat docking you can use to set up the equipment and start your dive.
As soon as you descend you will start seeing the old remains of the submerged village when the dam was built back in the 50’s. You can dive through the underwater streets of this typical small village.
The images you are going to see, we promise, are something you will never forget.
In another sector of the dam at 30mts deep, if you are lucky or if you are diving with us, you will find an old Roman bridge that in distant times was linked to the two margins of the river.
You can expect a quick thermocline when descending from 20º to 14º degrees at around 10mts.
-- Photos by: Armando Ribeiro and Rui Guerra.