Only 41 minutes by car from the Aragonese capital Zaragoza, Fuendetodos, a small town of 150 inhabitants, located in the region of Belchite, is one of the most depopulated areas of Aragon. Only 44 km away, but it reveals the contrast between the developing city and the rural areas, which is seeing how the proximity of the capital is gobbling up their future. Famous for being the birthplace of the painter Francisco de Goya, Fuendetodos has seen how the passage of time and the rush to the capital have left its streets empty.
In recent years, reinventing itself and finding new tourism-related activities has opened up new opportunities to create a settled population and prepare to receive an average of 25,000 tourists a year. Goya's house, the Engraving Museum, becoming acquainted with one of the few outdoors ice refrigerators still standing in Aragon, visiting the bunker and the trenches where fighters in the Spanish Civil War hunkered down etc.
With the onset of the construction of Endesa's 24 MW wind farm in the area, through Enel Green Power Spain EGPE (one of the four parks planned in the province of Zaragoza), another visitor profile has been added to Fuendetodos, but during the working week.
The renewable projects have reactivated economic activity. "The little industry we have is all based on this sector. You can look around and you have a lot of houses with sunken roofs because they have been abandoned", says Angel Camín, a worker at the seven-turbine farm in Loma Gorda, which is responsible for the concrete making up the foundations of the wind turbines. The area is once again buzzing with activity and noise. Like Angel, 463 other people, working both direct and indirect jobs, are working on building the farm.