Spanish monuments that reappear in drought attract tourists

Spanish monuments that reappear in drought attract tourists

Spanish monuments that reappear in drought attract tourists

The Church of Sant Roma de Sau in Catalonia and the megalithic complex of Guadalpera in Extremadura have resurfaced after water reservoirs dropped significantly this summer.

An 11th century church, a megalithic complex: the sharp drop in the level of water reserves in Spain has made monuments usually covered by water reappear, attracting tourists eager to enjoy a “unique opportunity“.

Due to the lack of rainfall, the water reservoirs, built to supply cities and agricultural plots in a very arid country, were at about 36% of their capacity at the end of August, according to official data. Such a low level that the church of Sant Roma de Sau in Catalonia, a village engulfed by the construction of a reservoir in the 1960s, has risen almost completely when we usually only see the end of its bell tower out of the water.

“Drought” tourism.

Attracted by the publication of the photos on social networks, the curious have been coming for days to practice the “drought tourismand get a close look at this normally invisible 11th century church. “We said to ourselves: “let’s take a closer look at this”” Why “It’s been a long time since the tank was this low“Says Nuria Ferrerons, 45, who was influenced by the photos she saw”recently on social media“. Rowing in hand, two tourists pass quietly in canoes under an arch of the church. Fences have been erected around the walls to prevent the curious from getting too close, as these ruins can represent a danger.
Usually, we only see the bell tower“Enthusiastic Sergi Riera, who also came to see with his own eyes”something that hadn’t happened for years“.

In the Valdecanas basin in Extremadura, in western Spain, there is the megalithic complex Guadalpera, also called “Spanish stonehenge“, Referring to the English prehistoric site, re-emerged on an islet. The standing menhirs also attract tourists there, some who wish to meditate there, transported by boat by several private companies.

People leave enchanted” After “guided tourof the megalithic complex, explains Ruben Argenta, owner of a leisure company based in the reservoir. Manuel Mantilla is one of them. This sixty-year-old, who came mainly with his wife from Cordoba, in southern Spain, explains that he has learned “from the press“of the complex”was exposed due to drought“.”We saw this as a unique opportunity“, He concluded with a pinch of optimism and philosophy.

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