Sau Reservoir.

Catalonia in a Van (1): Sau Reservoir / Pantà de Sau

This is the first post of the series ‘Catalonia in a Van.’ You’ll be able to read the rest of them in the coming days.

If you ever come to Catalonia, you should definitely visit the Sau reservoirPantà de Sau in Catalan.

Under its water lie the ruins of Sant Romà de Sau, a 1,100-year-old inhabited village the government decided to flood and turn into a dam in the 1960s.

Today, the Sau reservoir is one of the landmarks the Catalan people are most proud of.

Sau Reservoir

Sau Reservoir.

The Sau reservoir is located on the Ter river, near Vilanova de Sau, in the region of Osona. It’s surrounded by magnificent mountains called The Guilleries.

The First Night

David and I arrived at the Sau reservoir in our van at about seven o’clock in the evening. It was cloudy and a bit chilly. The water level was high, but we could still see the bell tower. The plan was to sleep over in the van, something I had never done, but I was truly excited!

Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir.

It’s allowed to swim in the reservoir, so David got into the water and had a swim, but I didn’t dare. It was too cold for me! So I just went into the water to cover my feet, so that David could take the obligatory photo of me and the bell tower.

Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir.
The Guilleries mountains at the Sau Reservoir.
Sau Reservoir.
The Guilleries mountains at the Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir

Before having dinner, we saw the sunset on the rocks. There were many other couples doing the same. The environment was so romantic!

Sau Reservoir.

The Next Day

First thing in the morning, David and I went straight to the water. It was the first night we had slept in the van. The day before I wondered if I would sleep properly there, but in the end I did!

The water was freezing, but the sensation was bearable, even refreshing.

Sau Reservoir.
Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir.
The Guilleries mountains at the Sau Reservoir.

Sau Reservoir.

This is our van just before leaving the Sau Reservoir. We call it ‘Merche’, the Spanish short name for Mercedes. Merche’s 25 years old, but still works perfectly and didn’t let us down at any time during our trip across Catalonia.

When we finally left the reservoir, David pulled over at one side of the road and took a photo of the dam. The forest at the back is very impressive.

I hope you enjoyed our little adventure in the Sau reservoir. In the next post in this series, I will show you our next trip to Banyoles!

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See you in my next post!