Published On: Sun, Feb 4th, 2024
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Tiny ‘paradise’ town cut off from the rest of Spain with just 53 residents and no internet | World | News

In the heart of Spain lies a tiny town, home to just 53 residents, no internet, bars, shops or even a pharmacy, but despite its isolation from the rest of the country, the residents have called it a ‘paradise’.

The tiny town of Benitagla in Andalucia, south east Spain, spans just two and a half square miles of the Sierra de los Filabres, in the Almeria province.

Most of the population of the town is elderly, and according to Benitagla’s mayor, Juan Padilla, the residents change during the summer as those who live abroad move in and enjoy the lovely weather, and peace and tranquility of the town.

Despite the small size and its seclusion, the town has had many benefits, especially over the last few years as there was not a single case of Covid-19 recorded during the pandemic.

And it’s not completely cut off, as while it may seem difficult to go about daily life normally, measures have been put in place to make the town seem as connected as possible.

According to The Olive Press, a priest travels into the town on a weekly basis to celebrate mass, and residents buy their food from street vendors who travel to the town on a regular basis.

A doctor and a nurse comes every Tuesday to the town to check in with the elderly residents, and then send a pharmacist to the town with prescriptions.

One resident, Isabel Padilla, moved back to the town when she was 70-years-old, having left the town at the age of three and moved to Barcelona.

She said: “I’m doing great, it feels like I’m in paradise. I love it here. People don’t understand that I’ve come from such a good place like Barcelona, but since I arrived I think I’ve improved.”

She also praised the community atmosphere, she said: “If you need something, everyone helps you. I don’t have a car, I can’t take it and go shopping in other towns, but my friend takes me… I don’t lack anything. The other people are very older and don’t know about the Internet, but I buy things online.”

The town has subsisted on an industry of olive, almond and grape growing and as a result, you can see these being grown across the town.

However, it’s not all plain sailing for the town as the declining number of residents means the local council is working to attract more people to the town, as an ATM has been installed and plans are in place to get a bar and hopefully a shop.

For tourists, it is definitely a quieter place to visit, as according to the Andalucia tourism website, ‘the only building of interest’ is the church. However, it might be a good spot to visit for keen hikers as it is home to the Pueblos del Interior Trail which covers a whopping 10 different municipalities.

The 109km route is full of different landscapes and beautiful views, including the mountains in Sierra de los Filabres and the Tabernas Desert, as well as a forest.

If this tiny town sounds like a slice of paradise you want to enjoy, there are direct flights to Almeria from a number of UK airports including Gatwick, Stansted, East Midlands, Birmingham and Manchester.

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