Overseas: Regenerating Spain’s abandoned villages

The vagaries of emigration and the eccentricity of Spanish property law means some villages are being offered for free, Carol Tallon reports from Spain

22nd December, 2014

Last year, a local authority in the province of Galicia in northern Spain offered up an entire village to prospective buyers or investors, not for sale but for free. While the village was free, it did come with strings attached in the form of an undertaking to restore and regenerate each of the 12 original homesteads at an estimated total cost of €1 million.

Much to the local council's surprise, this was seen as a bad...

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