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The Blue Dragon River. Portugal

This river wasn’t remarkable at all until the photographer Steve Richards found an amazing foreshortening and took a picture of it. Its official name is Odeleite River, but it is more known as the Blue Dragon because of its dark blue color and such unusual curvy shape. Incredibly twisty riverbed, surrounded by the contrasting coasts, creates an original drawing resembling the classical image of a dragon. In the original language it sounds like Ribeira de Odeleite.

Odeleite River is located in the municipality of Castro Marim, Algarve, in Portugal. It originates in the mountains of the Serra de Caldeirao and flows through the municipalities Sao Bras de Alportel, Tavira, Alcoutim, Castro Marim Faro district. Also, there is a water reservoir of the same name because of the dam created on the path of the river. Odeleite is a right tributary of the River Guadiana.

White houses of the village on the bank of the river give this place its amazing beauty and very special charm. By the way the village has the same name – Odeleite. Thus, such magnificent landscapes of the shores blend with soft tones of the buildings.

On the shore there is an interesting local landmark – the Church of the Visitation of the Mother of God. The fact is that it is shrouded in myths and legends. This temple being a part of this landscape gives a unique comfort and fascination to this place.

If you want to see the river in all its glory, and appreciate the unique image of the dragon, you need to climb to the source at the top of the hill. The opening view which inspired the photographer will amaze you!

View of the river from the satellite also provides a striking Impression.

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