Granadilla. Abandoned village

Published on 19 April 2023 at 16:28

We continue our route through Cáceres (Spain), this time we head towards a peculiar town Granadilla, this walled village of feudal origin was of utmost importance nothing more and nothing less than the capital of the region.

It was evicted and expropriated by the Franco regime in the middle of the last century when it was declared a flood zone for the construction of the Gabriel y Galán reservoir. These waters never covered the urban area but they did cover its accesses, which led to its total abandonment.

Today it is one of the most beautiful abandoned villages of our geography. In the early 80's the village was declared a Historic-Artistic Site and thus began to arouse general interest. All this gave rise to the rehabilitation of the village for social and cultural purposes.

This whole movement was not without controversy, two sides were formed, some in favor of returning the land to their neighbors and others in favor of culture within the framework of the Recovery of Abandoned Towns.

I recommend strolling and getting lost in its ancient streets, knowing that in another era its inhabitants enjoyed this beautiful environment. Throughout the tour I had the feeling of being in a ghost town, without a doubt, it is quite an experience.

If you wish to visit this town, its Castle of Alba, the Wall, the Main Square, the Church of the Assumption or its natural landscape and surroundings, you will have to adapt to its visiting hours.

After the visit and with a temperature of over 30 ° we were just waiting to set up base camp and have a cold beer. We spent the night 20m from the village on the shores of the reservoir surrounded by nature and tranquility.

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