Built in 1941, the Cuerda del Pozo reservoir is located in the municipality of Vinuesa and is the only one that regulates the Duero River at its headwaters. Surrounded by pine forests and at the foot of the Picos de Urbión, it not only fulfills its purpose of controlling the water, but also becomes the epicenter of recreation and rest for Visontines and Sorians.
A dam of 425 meters and a maximum height of 41 meters changed the landscape of the area and the life of an entire region. The reservoir is a natural space that combines a frame of rich vegetation with a very diverse fauna; everything bathed by the waters of the Duero River. More than 2,289 hectares and 65 kilometers of coastline mean that we can find unique and magical places to bathe or walk.
Legend The Bardo Bridge
It has been through these nooks and crannies that ancient legends are whispered about the land of Vinuesa. Half history, half reality, the legend of the Bardo Bridge tells about the time when Vinuesa was a regular hostess of carters and how two of them ended up fighting for the honor of a young shepherdess, until one of the boys took the life of the other. Buried near the Bardo Bridge, it is said that his memory and his sad soul still wander around the Vinuesa fountain waiting to see the young shepherdess again.
The reservoir is also known as La Muedra, in recognition of the only town that was flooded by the waters. The walls of the houses that were abandoned with the creation of the reservoir are still under water in this small district of Vinuesa. Walls that in times of drought can still be seen and it is even possible to walk on the cracked soil of La Muedra. The bell tower, the faithful watchtower of the reservoir, is always present even when the water level is higher. Many Modraños had to emigrate to America and later they donated a new mausoleum in the cemetery, the only building that was not flooded by the waters of the reservoir and the silence of an exiled people.
The voices that are heard are those of the many visitors to the reservoir, mainly in the summertime. This area of the reservoir is popularly known as Pita Beach, as it is a mere comfort for all the residents of this land so far from the coast. But in spite of being of fresh water, the activities that are carried out in the Cuerda del Pozo reservoir have little to envy him to the marine coasts. It is an ideal place where you can take a bath, do water sports or go for a walk in the middle of nature.
The Cuerda del Pozo reservoir has a series of services that make this place an adapted space for fun and disconnection. It has a bar-restaurant, a first-aid kit and a campsite. It also has a yacht club, where you can do many activities: kayaking, canoeing down the Duero River or paddle surfing.
Fishermen can also find their place of exercise. The pike-perch and carp are the fish that most easily bite the hooks of those who decide to come and enjoy themselves at the Cuerda del Pozo reservoir.
This sea of fresh water welcomes all people who want to enjoy in a relaxed or adventurous way. It carries the Cuerda del Pozo reservoir water that whispers old legends of love, tears of those who one day left their home and laughter of those who come to its beach to enjoy.