The abandoned Spanish village reappears after almost 30 years underwater

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The usually submerged ruins of Aceredo have emerged from the Lindoso reservoir due to low water levels (Photo: Miguel Riopa / AFP)

It may look like a Hollywood movie, but these pictures show a Spanish village that was abandoned almost 30 years ago.

In 1992, dozens of families living in Aceredo, near Lobois, were forced to abandon their homes to make way for a reservoir.

Homeowners had to move on when a Portuguese hydropower plant closed its locks, causing the Limia River to flood the valley where Aceredo is located.

Municipalities in five villages in Ourense province fought the threat of eviction but failed and all were forced to leave.

Since then, Aceredo has been hidden underwater and only reappears when the Lindoso reservoir falls to very low levels – and one of the rare occasions is now.

Photographs taken on Monday show a partly persistent, but spooky Aceredo.

The village’s stone structures have survived, but many of the buildings’ roofs have collapsed.

Clay has filled doorways and all metal has rusted during the three decades it has spent underwater.

People living in the village of Aceredo were evicted from their homes in 1992 for the construction of the reservoir (Photo: Miguel Riopa / AFP)
The abandoned village has become something of a tourist attraction (Photo: Miguel Riopa / AFP)

But as the water has receded, the contours of the agricultural land have resurfaced, as have roads and paths.

Among the remains of buildings are abandoned cars, personal belongings and even bottles, which stand perfectly upright on shelves and tables – creating horrible scenes.

A village water fountain even still flows – even though there are no inhabitants left to drink from it.

Many of Aceredo’s families still live in the area and on Monday you could see people walking through the eerie village and exploring what is left of the long lost community.

But Aceredo has also become a spectacle, with tourists gathering even when the village reappears.

The problems only started when Spain and Portugal reached an agreement to use their border rivers to create the Lindoso dam.

The construction of the dam came at a price – the expropriation of land and housing in five villages in the area, Aceredo, A Reloeira, Buscalque, O Bao and Lantemil.

The bottles stand where they were left on a table and create an eerie scene in Aceredo (Photo: Miguel Riopa / AFP)
The village’s stone structures have survived, but many of the buildings’ roofs have collapsed (Photo: Miguel Riopa / AFP)

Many in Aceredo were initially hostile to negotiating with the Portuguese EDP electricity company, and had no desire to leave.

But when 51% of the homeowners had agreed to leave, the deal was made and a forced seizure of land was published, forcing the rest of the village to leave as well.

Nearly three decades later, all villages have been lost to the Lindoso Reservoir hydropower plant, with Aceredo the only one to reappear as water levels fall.

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