Going back to nature, and living sustainably in a community of like-minded people by restoring one of Spain's many abandoned villages is a compelling dream for many, and the eco-village of Lakabe in Navarre, northern Spain, shows that it can be done - with a lot of hard work - and no thanks to the Spanish planning system.
The sale of these hamlets is not easy, however. Rosi Costoya has spent a year trying to gather all the paperwork needed for the sale of a village in Viveiro. And she is currently in talks with the 24 owners of another village. “It is usually impossible to reach an agreement if there are more than 10 owners,” she says.
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Rural depopulation has hit the Spanish region of Galicia hard. Now some of its thousands of abandoned villages are being marketed for sale. Video by Esther Costa.
Like thousands of abandoned villages in Spain, A Barca -- with its 12 crumbling stone homes covered in moss and ivy -- is seeking a new owner to bring it back to life. Local officials in Spain's verdant northwestern region of Galicia hope to give away the hamlet, which is nestled in a hillside overlooking the Mino river near the Portuguese border. Several proposals have already.
Due to the delicate nature of marketing an on-going business, many winery owners choose to privately market their operation. WineriesandVineyards.com works closely with a number of wineries which are privately available for sale with production capacities ranging from 1,000 to 400,000 cases per year and priced between $900,000 and $40,000,000.
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