Mansilla de la Sierra, a Drowned Village in La Rioja, Spain (plus Lunch)

I love taking backroads – somehow I find them more interesting than the ‘big’ sights of an area.

On the way to Mansilla de la Sierra we were frequently stopped by livestock roaming the roads.
Drive to Mansilla with horses blocking our routeThe village was drowned in 1947 when a dam was built on the river. The inhabitants were relocated in the hills above – it’s now newish and drab but with spectacular views of its former self.
The ruins of a drowned village of Mansilla de la Sierra in SpainThe ruins of a drowned village of Mansilla de la Sierra in SpainThe ruins of a drowned village of Mansilla de la Sierra in SpainI suspect these are some of the older buildings that escaped the flooding because of their placement higher up on the hills.The village of Mansilla de la Sierra in SpainWe stopped in the only cafe in the village for a surprisingly good lunch. Lunch in Mansilla de la Sierra in SpainThere was great scenery on this backroads route. View on the drive to Mansilla de la Sierra in SpainMansilla de la Sierra is in-between the 11th century monastery of Valvanera and the dinosaur footprints and La Revenga Necropolis near Quintanar de la Sierra.

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