ABANDONED medieval hamlets across Spain are being ‘given away’ to foreign investors.
The deserted villages, many of them centuries old, can now be acquired for free or bought for incredibly low prices.
The village of A Barca in northern Spain, which dates back to the 15th century, is being offered for nothing to the right investor.
Any potential adoptors of the village, however, will have to prove they have a viable plan to preserve the delapidated stone houses.
Other villages are being sold off at rock-bottom prices, such as Pena Vella, near A Pontenova in Galicia which is on the market for just €62,000.
Estate agents say the majority of these ‘ghost hamlets’ are being bought by foreigners, with Britons, Norwegians, Americans, Germans and Russians snatching up medieval properties.
There are around 2,900 abandoned hamlets across the country, according the Spain’s National Statistics Institute.
Most of these were left vacant after villagers moved to big cities, or were forced to leave after farming land became less fertile.