"Eco-village" Matavenero y Poibueno by albert34
Matavenero y Poibueno Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 7 photos
In 1989 a little group of people from Rainbow decided to choose an abandoned village in the province of León (Nordwest Spain).After some weeks they found 2 villages in an almost inaccesssible valley.The villages were without inhabitants for 20 years.At the beginning it was difficult because apart the isolation the climate is hard in winter.Now there are some 70 people including 25 chidren.
There are no roads or internal combustion engines,so it is outstandingly quiet.Transport of materials is by wheelbarrow or donkeys.Most of villagers achieve a high level of self-sufficiency in food and heating.There is a shop,communal telephone and office.The "bar" is a communal space.Every Wednesday there is an assembly and activities are proposed for the week and decisions are made by consensus. Habitants are expected to work at least one day a week for the community.
Visitors,including families with children are welcomed,but it's rather hard to go there,because in Summer vehicles can come to within 1 km,but u¡in Winter a 2 hours hike is necessary from the nearest village with a road,San Facundo.
There are mostly Spaniards and Germans.Almost everyone speaks English,German and Spanish or at least two of the three languages.
I spent 1 day there with a group friends and we slept in our sleepings bags in the school.It is a real experience.I was amazed at seeing the people barefeet in the darkness like cats;black feet because of the slate dust...and the water was very cold...in Summer.
Go this way:León,Astorga and Foncebadón.From here a way on the right of the road for 7kms.up to the parking.Follow... more travel advice
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