The flooded church in Vilanova de Sau is especially popular
“Dry tourism”. Drought in Europe Reveals New Landmarks
A record drought hitting Europe this summer has changed the local tourist market.
On the one hand, because of the heat, tourists travel less, energy prices are rising, a lot of electricity is spent on air conditioners. Because of this, hoteliers and restaurateurs raise prices, and tourists suffer.
On the other hand, sights that even many locals forgot about were exposed under the surface of dried-up rivers. Previously, they could only be seen by divers. Now hundreds of curious tourists come to stare at them.
In Spain, this phenomenon has already been called “dry tourism”. Particularly popular is the flooded Church of San Roma in the town of Vilanova de Sau. Previously, it was half hidden under water. Now it is perfectly visible, you can even get inside.
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