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The curious case contrary to the Spanish depopulation
25 March 2019 @ 01:31

      A few days ago, I watched on television a story related to a village, in the centre of Spain: Yebes (in the province of Guadalajara and belonging to the Autonomous Community of Castilla-La Mancha).

      This village is located in the region of La Alcarria, 879 metres above sea level.

The entrance to the village

The Town Hall of Yebes

      The municipality of Yebes is composed of 2 urban nuclei: one, the village of Yebes, and the other, the PAU (Program of Urban Development) of Valdeluz --where the Guadalajara-Yebes station is located, one of the stops included in the layout of the Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona-French border High-Speed line--.

A general view of Valdeluz

A general view of Valdeluz close up

Another view of Valdeluz​​​​​​​

The entrance to Valdeluz​​​​​​​

Valdeluz​​​​​​​

Some houses in Valdeluz​​​​​​​

      Here you can see another urbanizations in Valdeluz:

      Guadalajara is the most unpopulated province of Spain. However, it can also boast of having the largest population of people, in the last ten years: Yebes. A decade ago, there were only three hundred people living there, now there are almost 4,000 inhabitants –concretely 3,518 in 2018--.

      The capital, Guadalajara, is 11,75 kilometres from Yebes.

      The future of Yebes changed with the Urban Plan of Valdeluz; and Valdeluz began to grow thanks to the AVE (High Spanish Speed) Station.

The AVE station​​​​​​​

      At the beginning, the train did not arrive; but the situation was reversed, with banks selling broken real estate houses, at a low price. But the train arrived and they began to attract people.

The AVE arriving to Yebes​​​​​​​

AVE stations with fewer daily passengers​​​​​​​

      These are some data of the Station:

Address:  Highway N-320 Sacedon-Cuenca, Km 6. Guadalajara.

Schedule of the Station:  Daily: 7 to 23:15 hour

Telephone contacts:

Station Information:  912 432 343

Renfe:  912 320 320

Information, reservation, sale, change and cancellation of tickets:  912 140 505

      The people who started arriving and staying, in Valdeluz, were young (35 years old, more or less) and had children. Work began to be created and there were more and more services.

      In September 2017, the public school, Jocelyn Bell, of Yebes and Valdeluz, opened its doors and each year has more students and more teachers.

The School “Jocelyn Bell” of Yebes and Valdeluz

A general view of the School​​​​​​​

      As a proof of the success Valdeluz was having, after the AVE Station was built, in 2014, it was said that 7,000 more houses had to be built.

Free land in Valdeluz​​​​​​​

      Although Valdeluz is separated from the village of Yebes, its economic strength reverberates in the traditional village.

      One of the important services offered by Yebes is its Sports Centre (Municipal Sports Centre"Valdeluz") --which was inaugurated on August 31, 2013-- .

Building the Sports Centre before summer 2012​​​​​​​

General view of the sports centre​​​​​​​

Sports centre of Valdeluz close up​​​​​​​

      Another service, offered by Yebes, is a Golf Course.

A general view of the Golf Course

Anothe view of the Golf Course​​​​​​​

Relatively close to the Golf Club​​​​​​​

The Golf Club close up​​​​​​​

      But in Yebes there is another important place: the Yebes Astronomical Centre, that is the largest and most important astronomical observatory of which the National Geographic Institute (IGN) counts, as well as being its instrumental development centre. It is on a plain at 980 masl, in which there is little annual rainfall and little wind.

General view of the Astronomical Observatory​​​​​​​

The Astronomical Observatory near

      Unlike Yebes, within the urban gravitational orbit, Villaseca de Henares does not stop being one of many municipalities that survive with great difficulty, in one of the territories with the greatest loss of inhabitants, in all of Spain. It is inside the hemicycle of high depopulation that surrounds Madrid and that includes the east of Castilla-La Mancha, the south of Aragón, Castilla y León and the east of Galicia. The comparison between the last municipal census and that of ten years ago leaves the village of the Alcarria as the municipality that has lost most population, in relative terms. They are 29 registered, 67% less.

Villaseca de Henares in the province of Guadalajara​​​​​​​

      Well, I hope that you will like this article.

      Until my next post, kind regards,

Luis.

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BCNLocal said:
30 March 2019 @ 06:25

More propaganda from a breaking state.


BCNLocal said:
30 March 2019 @ 06:29

The United States and Afghanistan used to run this sort of stuff in the 1960s and 70s. Sad to see the Spanish state doing the same in the 21st century.



Goldilocks said:
30 March 2019 @ 09:33

I don't quite understand the previous comments. I think this is a fascinating article, Luis. Thank you very much for posting it.


mariadecastro said:
30 March 2019 @ 10:49

Hello, Goldilocks: Thank you very much for your comment. Thank you for being such a good person and a positive one. For me, it is an honor that you are one of my best readers. I will continue to strive, to tell positive things about Spain --even if there are people who do not like it--. See you soon, kind regards. Luis


marelison said:
31 March 2019 @ 14:45

This poor person (?) with a BCNLocal "no name"...net-troll..should be taken out as a total spoiler/virus for us who are in here for the joy of reading interest articles every week. What a sickness, madre mia. BTW...This article tell us that many beautiful small towns are all around Spain and really worth visiting. As we see, not many people in the photos.

Thanks,
Mar Elison
Iceland


mariadecastro said:
31 March 2019 @ 21:01

Hello, Marelison: Thanks for your comment; but I do not want to waste more time, talking about BCNLocal, because I need time to get positive things from Spain, to you my friends from Eye On Spain, who you are generous with me, when you do not criticise me, because my English is not very good, and when you congratulate me for the posts that I write. That is what I want and the rest of it makes me feel sorry and it seems like a waste of time. I am amused by your expression: "Madre mia", where have you learned that Spanish expression?. Another thing: I have seen pictures with people, in Valdeluz, but I have not put them, because I try not to put people, if possible, to respect their image --maybe it is silly, but I prefer that--. Thanks again and kind regards, Luis.


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