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Villanueva de las 3 Fuentes

Village formerly known as La Chaparrilla, now a private estate.

Dirección

Villanueva de las 3 Fuentes

GPS

40.4766969, -1.7552507

Dirección

Villanueva de las 3 Fuentes

GPS

40.4766969, -1.7552507

DESPOBLADO DE VILLANUEVA DE LAS 3 FUENTES

As the title says, Villanueva de las Tres Fuentes is today an uninhabited village, a fact that has been the case for more than forty years. Until the 19th century it was known by the name of La Chaparrilla. He is one of those for whom the advance meant the end; many small towns or villages that saw their people disappear in search of less hostile places where life would be a little easier.

It is necessary to look for great reasons, to be honest, to understand how a place like this could be abandoned, but we understand that not all of them, no matter how beautiful they were, had the same possibilities. If we are talking about beauty, Villanueva de las Tres Fuentes has one of the most beautiful settings in the whole area and is a key example of the orography of Sierra Molina.

Surrounded by pine forests where their density hardly allows sunlight to pass through, as well as the characteristic landscape resulting from the groupings of creeping juniperThe plant has a very colourful appearance, giving this type of dioecious shrub. Large meadows where the water and cattle feed were plentiful, as well as the undulating relief, which was constantly rising and falling.

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And cold, very coldSummer here is a gift, but in winter the situation was tough. Nowadays OreaVillanueva is the highest municipality in the whole province of Guadalajara with its 1,502 metres, but if Villanueva were a town with any neighbours, it would be 18 metres higher, which translates into practically isolated winters, with snowfalls that lasted for weeks or even months.

At present, the most direct way to get there is from Orea, which is about 12 km away (5 km on a tarmac track and the rest on a road) although there are numerous tracks that connect it with Greeks, Guadalaviar, Tragacete o Czechand can also be accessed from the area of the bridge of the three provinces, where Guadalajara, Cuenca and Teruel meet.

As for what we can see today, it is what is imaginable in a place where the weight of 40 years of solitude has been dropped. Few are the buildings that still have all their walls standing, all the roofs have fallen and any material other than stone has disappeared.

It is a real shame to contemplate the final result of homes that once fulfilled their function of housing and watching a rural family grow up, with its customs and traditions, its way of working and its constant desire to give its people a better future.

Finally, it should be mentioned that it is currently a private propertyThere are numerous warnings prohibiting us from passing through, a recurring fact in these small forgotten villages, although if we wish, we can see it perfectly well from the road, as it is practically next to it.

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