A three hour hike through dense forests in northwest Spain, will lead you to an eco village called Matavenero in an isolated mountainous region.
Matavenero was abandoned in the late sixties when villagers went in search of work in urban centres. But in 1989 an international mix of independently minded people who wanted to live simply in harmony with nature began to repopulate the area.
The community has grown to attract people from all over Europe and today there approximately 60 inhabitants including a dozen children – most of whom are German, Spanish, French and Danish.
Matavenero residents have chosen to settle in the eco village for varied reasons, but they all share a common vision. These are people who have shied away from the hustle of modern efficiency and consumption in order to exist in a self sufficient and environmentally conscientious manner.
They don’t live for work or money. This sense of freedom really binds them together. They’re all people who are transforming their ideals into deeds and hard work. The utopic vision of Matavenero might seen unrealistic to some. But one can’t help but feel anything but admiration for their persistence and commitment to transforming their values into reality.