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What Happened to the Village of Aceredo?
The village of Aceredo was submerged on January 8th, 1992, when the Alto Lindoso Dam closed its floodgates. Now, more than three decades later, the extreme drought has lowered the water levels of this reservoir, leaving the ruins of this ancient settlement uncovered!
When the “Atlantis of Galicia” emerges from the waters of the Lima River, it’s possible to stroll through its muddy streets and paths and admire the dozens of houses and cultivated fields that made it up. In recent months, the ancient village of Aceredo has become a real tourist attraction among Portuguese and Spanish visitors (especially Minho and Galicians), who also call it the “ghost village” or the “abandoned village”!
Where’s the Village of Aceredo Located?
The ancient village of Aceredo is located in Lobios, a Spanish municipality in the province of Ourense, which in turn is part of the autonomous community of Galicia. It’s just over 5 kilometers from the border between Spain and Portugal, and less than 10 kilometers from the Alto Lindoso Dam.
Now, the Alto Lindoso Dam is situated on the Lima River, between the Portuguese parishes of Lindoso (Ponte da Barca) and Soajo (Arcos de Valdevez), in the heart of the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Designed in 1983 and completed nine years later, it’s the largest and most powerful hydroelectric producer in Portugal.
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