Solana del Pino will host the last Forum of Empty Spain of Cadena SER in Castilla-La Mancha in 2021. It will be next Friday, December 17, from the “Wheat Warehouse” of this small mountain town of just 333 inhabitants located in the south from the province of Ciudad Real, in an area of absolutely feral nature in the heart of the Valle de Alcudia Natural Park, at the foot of the Sierra de la Umbría de Alcudia, in the foothills of Sierra Morena and Sierra Madrona. A paradisiacal town and region to practice adventure tourism, hunt or gaze at the stars in a destination with the “Starlight” seal but affected in recent decades by a serious depopulation problem.
Therefore, the SER will travel to this town on December 17 to analyze the problem of the demographic challenge in the region and learn about the alternatives. All this will be addressed in the La España Vaciada Forum from the Solana del Pino Wheat Warehouse and can be followed on the SER antenna, at sercastillalamancha.com, and by streaming on the laespañavaciada.es website and in person, complying with all the Covid-19 prevention protocols.
The Forum will begin at 9:30 am with a welcome and inauguration by Félix Amaya, regional director Cadena SER Castilla-La Mancha; José Luis Martínez Guijarro, vice president of the Castilla-La Mancha Community Board and José Manuel Caballero, president of the Ciudad Real Provincial Council. From there, all the assistants physical and digital They will be able to enjoy lectures, such as the one by Iván Vozmediano Peces, a native of Solana del Pino, an airplane and helicopter pilot and currently in the race to become an astronaut for the European Space Agency, or the one that will star Maykol García, one of the greatest specialists Worlds in bushcraft and survival, collaborator of Cadena SER and authentic ambassador of rural, active and adventure tourism in the Alcudia Valley.
In addition, the Forum includes two round tables, in which people who have decided to establish their businesses and vital projects in Solana del Pino will share their experiences. We will learn about the stories of Lucía and Diego, 27-year-old twin brothers with her, a bar and soon a rural house, and he a cattle farm in Solana del Pino. Also the testimony of entrepreneurs with established businesses, such as Manuel, owner of the only pharmacy in town, Silvia, who changed Barcelona for Solana, to open his own beauty salon. or Mar, who has run the reputed butcher shop “El Lucero” specializing in game meat for years. And finally, we will learn about incipient business ventures, such as that of Juan Ramón López Redondo, from Apícola Sierra Madrona, or the very stimulating project “Solana Bakkery”.
Stable projects, others that are growing and those that are yet to come that, in any case and regardless of the phase in which they are, need the decisive support of the administrations, with infrastructures that facilitate the lives of the inhabitants of the town and increase the tourist attraction for potential visitors. Infrastructures such as the first scenic highway in the province of Ciudad Real, launched by the Provincial Council and that in the last month has substantially increased the volume of tourists attracted by the views from a road that has strategically located stops to offer the best postcard in the area, and also parking lots to stop safely.
The Forum is sponsored by the Castilla-La Mancha Community Board and the Ciudad Real Provincial Council and is promoted by Fenie Energía.
Streaming link to follow the Forum HERE
In addition, a special edition of the Hoy por Hoy Castilla-La Mancha program will be broadcast from Solana del Pino from one to two in the afternoon.