Unpopulated Almansa

Not too long ago, in the 1950s, a very interesting project was developed that brought people together in an innovative enterprise for its time: The Almansa Agroindustrial Complex.

In the heat of the investments that were being made with the Badajoz Plan, a new town was projected where settlers from other parts and workers from Alía, Castilblanco, Valdecaballeros and Guadalupe would fundamentally implement the most modern agricultural techniques, test the latest machinery recently imported from Germany or the United States, and test the latest machinery recently imported from Germany and the United States.

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And this in the best meadows of this part of Extremadura, in the lap of the valley. All the work of one of the modern geniuses who have walked this land, Don Eusebio González. The slogan he used was: union, perseverance, hard work

A village was built on a small elevation above the river, like a hillock, the last step of the raña, where it stops being mountainous and becomes completely flat.

The site was probably occupied by an earlier civilization due to its strategic location.

We can still see spacious houses with beautiful arcades, warehouses, stores, school, church … nothing was missing and all with the best order, the most modern design and the energies of men and women eager for a promising future. Currently the ruin is installed throughout this space.

As in the uninhabited place of El Lagar, also in Alía, it is doomed to disappear completely if we do not find an initiative to fill it with life. The truth is that there is no need to invent anything; the agro-tourism industry would surely find solutions to fill in, update and continue the work started here.

Around the village there are some fields that were completely flat, properly structured and divided, with artesian canals that carried water from the river to all the plots that planted all kinds of cereals and vegetables: cotton, tobacco, peppers, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, chickpeas.

The occupied population ranged between two and three thousand people, in the village there was a priest, teacher, veterinarian, carpenters, blacksmiths.