Smart Villages support in Spain
The SR21 Country Page
information on Smart Villages in Spain
How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?
No formal definition of ‘Smart Villages’ in Spain.
Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?
People often associate the ‘Smart Villages’ concept with the ‘Smart Cities’ one. The ’Smart City’ definition refers to integrated / digital / automated management of services in the city; consequently, digital is often seen as a key feature of Smart Villages.
Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?
Social innovation is key to the development of the concept. It is expected that digital solutions will tackle social problems and challenges in rural areas, which have not yet been addressed.
How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA)
Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention.
In many regional Rural Development Programmes, there is a reference to smart approaches (e.g. Rural Agenda of Catalonia), but overall, each region progresses at its own pace.
Yes, direct support to Smart Villages.
Under a specific intervention, the development of Smart Village strategies is expected in the north-west region of Galicia.
The implementation of innovative solutions through digital technologies that increase the territories’ resilience and generate strengths and opportunities is set as an objective for the development of Smart Villages.
Thus, it is intended to develop actions related to:
- Improving facilities, equipment and basic services;
- Enhancing energy and environmental management;
- Developing productive sectors.
Aid amount: € 750 000 per year (2023, 2024 & 2025)
Aid intensity: 60%
Spanish Rural Network (Red Rural Nacional)
CAP Network support
No specific network activities identified at this stage.
How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?
No other policies supporting Smart Villages have been identified at this stage.
Please find further information about Smart Villages support in Spain on the Smart Rural 21 project’s Spain country page
Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce
No taskforce is set up yet
Smart Villages in Spain
Mengíbar is located on a soft conical promontory whose element most recognizable is the medieval keep who presides over it and from which spot nearby towns like Jabalquinto, Bailen and Linares. Around Mengíbar you can see an extensive horizon of olive groves and crops typical of the area, irrigated by the Guadalquivir river. Mengíbar is a settlement located quite close to other relatively large cities in the province (barely 20 km away from Jaén), being both, an advantage and a drawback. A lower economic cost of housing and a better quality of life in general attract people residing in Jaén, generating dormitory cities, and little participatory activity in daily local life, eliminating the feeling of belonging to Mengíbar, and the perpetuation of its culture and traditions. In addition, the activity of local and proximity commerce decreases in favor of large stores in urban areas, which have a greater variety of products and more competitive prices. Mengíbar has a young population and the local administrations are implementing local actions and policies so that these “new inhabitants” become involved in the social life of the town and feel identified with the local population. The municipality has a technology park where it is intended to promote the creation of technology based companies mainly, although it is open to all types of companies, regardless of their sector.Read more
Territori de Masies (Lower Solsonès region) is a rural cooperative formed by residents, associations and companies from the villages of the lower Solsonès that is interested and works to promote, vindicate and protect the ways of doing things, the landscapes, and the life in the villages of the lower Solsončs. It is a mixed, agricultural, service and consumer cooperative.
Several projects are carried out:
– collective purchase of solar panels to boost self-production of energy
– Cultural tourist route to encourage the discovery of the territory
– Online store for the sale of local products
– Fairs, meetings and events to publicize the territory
Saldes is a small town of 265 inhabitants in the Catalan Pyrenees. Its location, at the edge of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, and just below the massif of Pedraforca (2.507m) offers a very iconic and well-known image of the Catalan Pyrenees. People from Saldes are concerned about many issues, and work together and coordinated in order to improve living conditions (that become very tough in winter season) and facilitate the establishment of new people in the municipality.Read more
Sant Pere de Torelló is an inland village of about 2500 inhabitants. A biomass-fired thermal power plant and municipal heating network was installed 25 years ago. The municipality was a pioneer in the implementation of its municipal heat network system in the 80s, which was and still is an extremely unusual practice in the Mediterranean countries. Following that path, a very ambitious plan has been developed for the municipal energy transition between 2019 and 2030. By that time the village will be 100% self-sufficient in terms of energy, coming from renewable and local sources.Read more
Kuartango is a rural valley of 84 square kilometres located in the southwest of the Basque Country. It involves 20 villages, some of them very small. Until recently the only economic activity was the primary sector. Nowadays new horizons are opening.Read more
Oliete is located in Aragon (Spain), province of Teruel (in the region of Andorra-Sierra de Arcos). It stands out for a rich Iberian culture and eccentricities shaped by nature. Touristic, cultural and natural highlights include the Iberian Museum, the route that leads to the Iberian ruins, Sima de San Pedro that stands out for both its forceful depression and diameter of 100 meters ending in an impressive lake, giving home to hundreds of species of birds, as well as the reservoir of the Cueva Foradada (on the river Martín). Oliete’s olive grove of the Empeltre variety is abundant. However, currently 70% of the olive grove is abandoned. Oliete is part of the Denomination of Origin Aceite del Bajo Aragón. Since 2014, the apadrinaunolivo.org initiative has recovered 100,000 abandoned centenary olive trees through an environmental, social and sustainable rural development manner.Read more
Ansó is the main village in the Ansó Valley which is part of the Western Valleys of the Pyrenees Natural Park in Spain. It is a peaceful area without much tourist development. The village has preserved well its traditional Pyrenean architecture and thanks to this has been declared a Place of Cultural Value/Interest. Its 405 inhabitants have access to simple, but ample services, including a health clinic, banks, post office, pharmacy, grocers, butcher, bakers etc. The state school stands out as innovative. Ansó has an extensive territory (251,83 km²) of great beauty and exceptional biodiversity which is a treasure for nature lovers and for mountain sports.Read more
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Last update: November 27, 2022