Tourists Keep Flocking To This Lake Despite Numerous Warning Boards Ask Them To—"STAY AWAY"
It's a sunny day when you're hiking on a rocky trail. The ambiance is scarce of trees, and all you feel is your sweat spilling down your spine. You look as though you just came out from a shower. You're panting relentlessly, and that's when you lose your cool. The reason—well, you're abreast of a gorgeous oasis nestled between those rocky sun-kissed cliffs! You call that—Relief—especially when you see that bright turquoise water shimmering like molten glitter. But if this vibrant rippling waterhole happens to be Spain's Lake Monte Neme, you've got to resist your desire to dive in.
An Alluring Selfie Destination
Just after the so-called Siberian Maldives sparked an unexplainable "selfie" craze, Spanish Instagrammers have discovered a breathtaking spot that nests peacefully amidst a hot rocky scene. The picturesque view of Lake Monte Neme might seem like a piece of Paradise fallen on earth! Well, as a tourist, you got to stay awake and be aware of what your next step would be. If you decide to take a dip in the bright Spanish waterhole, then take a second look at what we're about to reveal.
Don't Underestimate Its Size
A trek across the rocky Spanish landscape might make a great deal for some photographs. But if there's something that takes the pride and honor of dignifying the tourist spot, it would be—Lake Monte Neme. Just look at it—a small waterhole that ripples and sparkles all day long. Looking at the gorgeous oasis, you might dream of ways to dip your feet while posing for a selfie on a bamboo raft. To some, taking that slow-motion snapshot while diving into the water might be just the thing in mind. But do you have to go to this extent where your life matters the most and not the dive in the oasis? Keep reading...
It Boasts All Reasons For Some Adventure
First, Instagrammer lovers from all over the world book their trip. Next, they wake up to a morning where visiting the Spanish city of Carballo is the "ultimate" thing in their mind. What next—they pack their backpacks, carry the snacks they need, and set on a trip to trek through the autonomous community of Galicia. Located near the Atlantic coast, the charming venue offers enough for all the different picturesque photos you need. After hours of some sweat-spilling walk along the stretchy coastline, Instagrammers find something mesmerizing.
The Most Enthralling Scenery In Galicia
Walking through the rocky cliffs isn't that easy, especially when the sun keeps smiling at you with its intense rays. Some even ask themselves—"Whoa! How long is this thing?" And that's when some take their sipper bottle and indulge in a fresh drink, stunned by what sparkles before their eyes! The incredibly alluring oasis—Monte Neme—lays abreast of their eyes, ready to cast a spell with its enchanting turquoise-blue layout. Perhaps, that's where most of the visitors go wrong.
Appealing To Every Eye
The color might appeal to your eyes. To an extent, it might urge you to forget your worldly worries and commitments. And for a moment, you might find yourself seated on a rock, cross-legged, and staring at the waterhole. Of all the crowd that dares to visit the place, it's mostly the Instagram influencers who flock this part of Galicia. You know, to be a social media influencer, particularly Instagram, you need to speak through the pictures you post! That's the precise reason many social media maniacs visit Monte Neme all year round. But you might've probably missed on something they don't do there.
A Magical Spot That Strictly Says "NO" To Diving
A beautiful spot like Monte Neme might demand your patience from you—thanks to its gorgeous makeover, that's entirely natural! Moreover, it's one of the most visited spots and the ideal target of travel bloggers and Instagrammers alike. But behind its breathtaking face, there's something that haunts the region, making Monte Neme a "no-no" spot for deep diving. So why is the love of Instagram influencers not allowing them to take a sip or even dip their hands into it?
Not Everything Is What It Appears To Be
Perhaps, what soothes the eye with a scenic layout isn't that encouraging when you plan for a quick dive. Maybe this concept applies well with the Galician hotspot for Instagram fame. Of all the mysteriously attractive tourist spots in the world, Monte Neme invites tons of visitors every year, most of them being photographers, bloggers, and of course, Instagram influencers. For photo-hungry folks, the Spanish oasis might seem like "just the perfect thing" they need to click those adorable selfies. But for some who are aware of the history behind the enchanting waterhole, the story is quite different.
Why Distancing Is Best When You're At Monte Neme
Monte Neme, like any other scenic oasis on the planet, might invite you to a beguiling pose with the backdrop of it in the shot. Yoga poses or those jealousy-inducing vacation photos might be a whole craze for visitors who would go to any extent to increase their followers with just one post. While many visitors stay calm and keep a distance from the breathtaking waterhole, some prefer to take a bold step. Don't believe us—well, you'll know why you should in a few minutes...!
The Shocking Truth Is…
For most Instagrammers and travel bloggers, focusing their camera on Monte Neme and getting that picture-perfect slanting selfie with the gorgeous oasis in the backdrop might be a matter of a few minutes. While everything falls in a perfect place—the venue, the scenery, and that cute smile, there's something visitors don't do when they're near Monte Neme. Surprisingly enough, they don't go near it! So why is everyone sticking to maintaining distance from an enchanting spot like this?
A Venue That Captivates Every Visitor
A spellbinding scenery like Monte Neme has everything in store to captivate your senses all day long. Perhaps, you might sit there doing nothing but look at it without a blink! It's so gorgeous and can be understood if you've visited the place for real. Feeling it like a dream is quite natural when you have Monte Neme in front of you. That's why this Instagram influencer just had to visit the spot without a second thought.
What This Instagrammer Has To Say About The Galician Paradise
Her name is Jennifer Mourenza. A digital marketing accountant by profession, Jennifer always sticks to her passion for fashion, food, and of course, travel! Having around 11.2k followers on her Instagram page, the young marketing professional never shies away from posting scenic pictures of places she often visits. That's when she visited Monte Neme in March this year! "Sometimes, things aren't how we believe and see them...things seem to be good, but the reality isn't like that..."—read her caption that depicted the spectacular oasis in the layout. But why did she not get anywhere closer? Is there any hidden meaning behind her caption?
Perhaps, This Couple Follows The Same Wise Idea Of Distancing
Next—it's Erea...! The travel maniac who loves to explore almost every other corner of the world never thought twice before making it to the Spanish waterhole. The picture that was snapped on a September afternoon in 2019 made its way to garner around 518 likes on her Instagram page. But like the other visitors who've been here, Erea has captioned a warning sign to her followers. And undoubtedly, it's about the incredible backdrop depicted by Monte Neme.
When It Comes To Swimming Here, It's A Big—NO
When another Instagrammer named Josele took to packing his bags and taking his family to the Galician waterhole, he knew the best thing to do in a place like this. Instead of slipping into their swimsuits, the family preferred a neat family picture with the mesmerizing Monte Neme in the backdrop. Snapped on September 2, 2019, the picture made it to their Instagram page with a caption that read: "Family swimming pre-session. We want a Dalmatian tan!" But not just Josele, no visitor who knows the little dark secret behind the enchanting oasis dares to go near it.
From London To Paris And Even—Monte Neme!
Bruno Marthins is yet another Instagrammer who takes things seriously when it comes to photography. Apart from his usual errands in drone piloting and web designing, Bruno embraces photography as his next most significant passion of all time. Paris to London and everything in between, the young traveler has seen it all. But when he stood on a cliff, focusing his camera for a perfect shot of Monte Neme, he knew it was a wise idea to stay there than going anywhere into the water. But why...?
You Cannot Afford To Miss This If You're Anywhere Near The Spot
An astounding natural scenery like the one Monte Neme presents to its viewers can't go unmissed, especially without a dive. But why are people hesitating to take a dip in the water? The stunning trek tourists enjoy around the cliffy regions that nest the oasis are always hoarded with warning signs. While most of these signs are in Spanish, they clearly state just one cautious message—Never Take A Dive In Monte Neme. Perhaps, the authorities there make sure that these warning boards are erected in almost every corner surrounding the location. But some visitors understand the ugly truth the hard way.
Sadly, This Instagrammer Learned His Lessons The Hard Way
But one Instagram user decided to take it as a challenge. He avoided the warning signs and dared to go near the turquoise-blue waterhole. But it could have been a bit better if he stayed ashore instead of taking that biggest jump into Monte Neme. However, it was too late that Izzyandtai realized what he was doing to himself. Before diving into the water, he missed out on something—not everything that appears beautiful is really "beautiful." But by the time the young Instagrammer realized about the dark side of Monte Neme, it was too late.
Monte Neme Isn't Just Bewitching—It's Wicked!
Izzyandtai took this daring step in July of 2019. The mysteriously picturesque venue invited him for a headfirst dive. Without taking a second to think or even understand what the warning signs tried to tell him, he jumped into Monte Neme. That's when the passionate Instagrammer learned his lesson the hard way. Not long after his hearty swim in the waterhole, Izzyandtai felt a weird sensation on his body. His skin started to itch to an extent where he was unable to bear it. Then he was shocked to spot blisters on his foot. Had he taken a second to interpret the warning signs...
There's More To The Galician Oasis Than You Think
However, Izzyandtai thought that whatever happened to his body had nothing to do with the dive. For him, Monte Neme was typically any other vacation spot that had a scenic lake. Diving for refreshment was his kind of adventurous stunts. And the Galician lake seemed to offer him just the right amount of everything he needed for a thrilling photoshoot. But for the people who were aware of the dark mystery behind Monte Neme, they preferred the otherwise. It's not something like tell-tale stuff. It is real and happened at a time when the now silent Galician spot was thriving with wealth.
It Was A Mine That Bore Riches
During WWII, the region around Monte Neme served as a tungsten mine. It was authorized by the Nazis, who took over the area to extract the rare chemical element. You see, tungsten is a natural metal that exclusively combines with other elements in chemical compounds. To be precise, it was a mining spot. However, the tungsten excavation center saw miners extracting tungsten from its coves until the 1980s. That is, from WWII till 1980, it was an active store for the rare metal extraction. What happened after that?
The Ultimate Villain Behind All This Comes From The Dark Mine
The mine in the Monte Neme region was officially abandoned in the 1980s. Miners fled elsewhere to extract the metal, leaving the area to survive on its own. But that didn't stop the lake from getting contaminated with whatever was left behind. Monte Neme flourished with fresh water, but when tungsten started to ooze out from the mine, it was the end to everything that thrived in the waterhole. The toxic chemical element combines rapidly with other elements. So the freshwater days of Monte Neme were all gone the moment tungsten leaked into the oasis.
An Enchanting Scenery Always Waiting To Possess Your Perception
However, the reaction tinted the natural freshwater into an alluring turquoise-blue shade—reasonable enough to allure visitors worldwide. The region has attracted scores of tourists every year who flock the place to have a glimpse of the distinct blue layout. Monte Neme is divided into six reservoirs, all of which are contaminated with the toxic metal leakage. Though only a few of these reservoirs hold water in summer, there isn't water scarcity as at least one of them is filled with enough water to make Monte Neme a stunning photographic spot. But wait, there's more to it.
Never Take The Region Around For Granted
Apart from Monte Neme's toxic water, the land itself is quite a danger to visitors who take things for granted. Trekking through a cliffy region such as this requires utmost cautiousness and care, especially when you're alone. For example, the slopes around the lake might look like the—"this is it!—venue for a scenic selfie. Who wouldn't love the backdrop of Monte Neme and all that cliffy edges in the picture? But the slopes that reach up to 30 meters are dangerous to challenge. It's not just the water or the cliffs. Sometimes, visitors need to be careful about this too.
Anything and Everything Around Monte Neme Bears Hidden Danger
It's not just the quality of the water that poses a threat to visitors who never pay heed to the warning signs. Sometimes, even the muddy tracts around Monte Neme could be as dangerous as the water itself. But instead of skin rashes and itchiness, it could be a fatal trap in the mud. Experts say that abandoned mines such as this should never be left abandoned. But the problem is, if more tungsten is extracted from here, then there are chances of a rapid chemical reaction and some unexplainable consequences. This incident says it all...
It Is Not A Vacation Spot To Play Around
Ramón Varela, an environmental journalist and spokesperson for Salvemos Cabana explained a serious incident in an interview with Euronews. He described an occurrence in the region in 2014 when one of the reservoirs at the Monte Neme complex burst its banks. Eventually, it released a toxic spill that measured around 24,000 cubic meters. That's when he emphasized that the location isn't a tourist spot but has somehow emerged to be one after Galicia used it to promote tourism in the region.
All You Can Do Is Just Watch From A Distance
Monte Neme and the region around it was a mining landscape. Though tungsten extraction from here was banned in the '80s, no measures were taken to stop the metal from oozing into the reservoir. Now, this waterhole was formed from rainwater that collected in the quarry's rocky nest. At first, everything seemed normal, and the water was good to go, even for a dive. But once chemical contaminants were disposed into the reservoir, it shapeshifted into something that's not meant for diving.
It's Prohibited, Yet, Photographers Flock The Place For Stunning Pictures
According to a local media report, the abandoned quarry was bought by a private company, which exploited the site until it went bankrupt in 2012. More contamination and dumping in of industrial waste has accelerated the overall appeal of the idyllic turquoise tint. Although the region is prohibited for entry, many photographers and Instagrammers flock the area to get a hand at some scenic shots of Monte Neme. For some, challenging the venue with a brief dive becomes a nightmare once they reach the shores.
Even Monte Neme's "Toxic" Nickname Doesn't Stop Visitors From Flooding The Region
Owing to its toxicity, Monte Neme is profoundly known as the "Galician Chernobyl." But this hasn't stopped tourists from paying a visit to the region around. People have been here for all amusing reasons, from treks to hours of watching the sparkling turquoise-blue reservoir. For some, it's a thing beyond taking just pictures. And when they try to play in this lake, they end up doing more harm than good to themselves. Perhaps, Izzyandtai did the right thing telling people what he went through after his daring act in Monte Neme. Shockingly, the funny part is...
Everyone Knows The Waterhole's Dark Secret
Most of them know what it takes to get a dip in the Monte Neme reservoir. Despite knowing that the lake is toxic, they haven't stopped cheering out loud when taking that daring dive into the tungsten-breached waterhole. While some Instagrammers like Sarah Gerpe prefer posing in front of Monte Neme with stunning yoga poses, it's not the same thing with the other daring folks who take upon their risking venture. However, for such daring Instagrammers and netizens, the lesson from Monte Neme will always be challenging and unimaginable.
Monte Neme Is Here To Stay With Never-Ending Beauty And Toxicity!
Guess the unusually attractive chemical waterhole is here to stay, always depicting a scenic backdrop that photographers use to boast their adventure. For such Instagrammers, taking a dip in Monte Neme is a child's play. They forget the skin rashes, all that pain, and even the side effects that might last for days. If you ask why, then well—a picture speaks a thousand words! For folks who are aware of the bitter consequences, trekking and posing around Monte Neme are the only two things they'd prefer whenever they stop by the Galician scenery!
Maybe it is true—All that's beautiful isn't exactly what you think! Though Monte Neme makes it for that stunning venue where the backdrop speaks a lot about your adventure, it's still wise to stay yards away than daring a dip in the Spanish toxic waterhole. Are you an Instagram influencer who loves scenic photography in places like Monte Neme? Which was the most daring picture you took recently? Please share your amazing thoughts with us! But before that, please take a second to click the share button!