The legend of seven cities lagoon

The legend of seven cities lagoon

Here we share one of many popular folk stories from Portugal! A story of a princess and a shepherd. The Legend of Seven Cities Lagoon…

Once there was a king whose wife died, and he was left to raise his daughter alone. He loved her very much, but because of the loss of his wife, he stifled his daughter, keeping her safe through limiting all contact with the world. As she grew up she couldn’t spend time with kids her own age, and the only people she could interact with was her father and her old nurse.

This was an incredibly harsh way to grow up, and eventually her nurse made a way for her to escape every now and then. While her father had his afternoon nap, she would sneak out and explore the area. It always felt like a great adventure because she had seen none of the world before that.


One day, she came across a green-eyed shepherd on a hill. He was playing the flute beautifully, and she hid behind a bush and listened. She returned here whenever she could, always listening to the lovely music he made. Eventually, he found her watching him, and fell in love with the beautiful blue-eyed princess at first sight. They became lovers, and she would return regularly to listen to him play and enjoy each others company.


The shepherd proposed to his love, and when they went to the king to ask his permission, he was furious. Livid, I’m sure, as he hadn’t even known that his daughter was slipping out.

The king refused their marriage and forbade them from seeing each other again. His daughter was absolutely devastated, and begged him to see her love one last time. He was moved by her anguish and allowed it. The princess ran to her love on the hill, and together they cried bitterly.

Their tears flowed down the hill, and formed a blue and a green lake, touching but always separate. So while they couldn’t be together, their love would always live on…

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