In Arens de Lledó (Matarraña region, Aragon, Spain) there has been a miracle in the last four years.
Thanks to the arrival of foreign families In four years, they have reached 60 foreigners, and the school has almost doubled the number of children.
In 2008, the municipality met all requirements for the depopulation of the village in that it is suffering in general in rural Spain; the after affects of this mean that they are a few possibilities to generate female employment, in addition also suffer from bad communications. Today, Arens de Lledó is the only village in Matarraña. That has grown in inhabitants this year and the school has almost doubled the number of students it had in 2008.
Although it may seem surprising, what has changed things in Arens de Lledó is the arrival of the couple (David Suarez and Sandra Salvadó) which is dedicated to help foreign families (on average the purchasing power is high) to invest in Spain. David and Sandra will help you find a property of exceptionality and take care of all procedures for your installation. We are ‘relocation managers’, as well as a professional, who manages family’s projects. From the contact with a vendor of a farm or House, papers for manage the construction of your Housing, etc.
Since 2008, the company founded by David and Sandra (Country Property) has brought up to Matarraña (mainly to Arens de Lledó, but also they have become familiar with towns like Valderrobres or the Portellada) to about 60 people. In four years, the school that in 2008 had only 12 students and was on the verge of becoming in single classroom, today boasts 21 children enrolled: (Spanish, Dutch, American, and British.)
New residents are situated in the field. They do not seek houses within the village, but country estates who want to sell to the neighbours. Some of them they had become a jungle full of weeds to be abandoned, and they have now recovered its appearance thanks to the new neighbours. They have put them up in value through the recruitment of farmers in the village, that the they have been cleaned, they have pruned the almonds trees and the olive trees, they have ploughed and they have returned them to useable agricultural ground, so for foreigners It represents a tremendous value. As explained by David Suarez, “in Europe there is a movement by many people, to the commitment to return to the field”.
Those who have arrived in the last years are professionals varied, many of which they decide to continue working on their employment, but via the internet. In Arens lives a writer, a consultant of banking than every 15 days travelling to Madrid or Barcelona, a musician or people who, simply, they left everything in their country of origin and they have being changed by a quiet destination in the middle of the field, and by a country which valued ‘safety, the climate, the Sun, the education and, above all,” said David Suarez, “health care”.
When installed, live in the field, but are not isolated. The first thing that make David and Sandra with new residents is to invite them to be associated to the Cultural Association El Galeró, in each event, maintain contact with the neighbours. Enjoy items from the culture and municipal festivals. In addition, he said the owner of Country Property, “when it opens a new House, invites all residents of the village”, and” If a “farmer has oil, vegetable or fruit, they buy it from him, what “it has created is an economy that does not exist”. In addition, before the surplus was going to the river, which is now divided between the new settlers”
An aspect common to all, especially for those who have left behind work, is that you a part of the housing and building also it is dedicated to rural tourism. As explained by David Suarez, “Europe is now very common.” It is a type of tourism in which tourists are the vast majority of foreign people, If you have a room and its own bathroom, you can do a small B&B but they share the breakfasts and meals with the family that runs the rural housing or b&b”. An economic life style and responsible consumption of the savings that are from his previous life, the culture of vegetables, fruits, and grown in the garden of the estate and also the income from tourists staying in their homes are, for many, their means of living in Spain.