Blue Dragon River in Portugal


This river was unremarkable until photographer Steve Richards found a stunning angle and took his famous shot. Its official name is the Odeleyit River, but the Blue Dragon is most commonly used because of its dark blue color and such an unusual, characteristic shape. The incredibly winding river bed is surrounded by contrasting banks, forming an original pattern reminiscent of the classic image of a dragon. In the original language, the name sounds like Ribeira de Odeleite.

blue dragon river

Entry related to location: Portugal

The Odeleite River is located in the municipality of Castro Marim, Algarve, in Portugal. It originates in the Serra de Caldeirao and flows through the municipalities of San Bras de Alportel, Tavira, Alcutim, Castro Marim Faro. In addition, there is an artificial reservoir of the same name with a dam built on the path of the river. The Odeleite is a right tributary of the Guadiana dragon river in portugal

The white village houses on the banks of the river give this place its amazing beauty and special charm. By the way, the village has the same name — Odeleyit. Thus, the magnificent landscapes of the coasts are combined with the soft tones of the buildings. On the shore there is an interesting local landmark of Portugal — the Church of the Visitation of the Mother of God. The fact is that it is shrouded in myths and legends. Being part of a magnificent landscape, the temple gives a unique comfort and charm 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 up to the spring at the top of the hill. The view that inspired the photographer will amaze you to the core! The satellite view of the river also creates a striking impression.