You can buy entire Spanish villages for less than the price of a house in England – here’s how

A deserted village with 44 houses, a hostel and a swimming pool is available for just £220,000.

The tiny Spanish village of Salto de Castro in the northwest of the country has been deserted for three decades, but now it could be yours.

Nobody has lived in the small Spanish village of Salto de Castro for three decades

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Nobody has lived in the small Spanish village of Salto de Castro for three decadesCredit: EPA
The village is now for sale at a price of £227,000

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The village is now for sale at a price of £227,000Credit: BALLES2601/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Ronnie Rodríguez with a For Sale sign in the village

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Ronnie Rodríguez with a For Sale sign in the villagePhoto credit: Royal Invest

Located on the border with Portugal, the house is now for sale at €260,000 (£227,000) – less than many houses in the UK.

Potential buyers would purchase dozens of houses, a hotel, a church, a school, a swimming pool, and even a barracks building that used to house the Civil Guard.

The current owner bought the 4,000 square meter village in the early 2000s with dreams of turning it into a tourist hotspot.

His big plans could not be realized – but he still wants to continue the project.

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Ronnie Rodríguez of Royal Invest, the company representing the owner, told the BBC: “The owner had a dream of having a hotel here but everything has been put on hold.

“He still wants the project to come to fruition.”

In the listing on Idealista’s website, the owner, who is in his 80’s, said he was selling “because I’m a city dweller and I can’t keep up the upkeep of the village”.

The listing has been viewed a whopping 50,000 times since it was published last week.

And Mr Rodríguez said 300 people from Russia, France, Belgium and Britain had expressed interest in buying the village.

He said a potential buyer has already deposited cash to reserve the gem.

According to The Olive Press, a university and two NGOs have also expressed interest in buying the village.

Salto de Castro in the province of Zamora was once a bustle after it was built to house workers at a nearby dam.

But the area was abandoned by locals after the facility closed in 1989.

The area around the village has become known as “Empty Spain” due to the sparsely populated towns with few services.

Salto de Castro was already put up for sale in 2017 for 1.7 million euros.

And then, in 2019, the owner demanded a staggering 6.5 million euros.

Not surprisingly, no buyers came forward at the time.

Many of the buildings have been destroyed over the years, reducing the value of the property.

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Although the price is low, the eventual buyer of the village would have to put up a lot of money to turn it into the tourist hotspot that the current owner dreams of.

According to Idealista: “The investment needed to make the village 100% operational and profitable would not exceed 2 million euros.”

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