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Where to buy land in León
The average price of urban land, just over €40/m², in the province is the lowest in all of Castilla y León. The cheapest land in León is in areas not far from the capital of León. Therefore, the towns with the lowest prices are Astorga with the minimum value of €0.30/m², followed by Chozas de Abajo with €1.40/m² and El Carril with €1.60/m². Other towns that have the cheapest farms, in terms of average value, are La Baña, Villademor de la Vega, Ponferrada and San Andrés del Rabanedo.
Interestingly, León capital also registers the highest plot prices next to nearby towns. Therefore, León registers the highest value with €802/m², followed by Ponferrada with €417/m² and La Bañeza with €315/m². It is followed by Valencia de Don Juan, Calzadilla de Los Hermanillos, Robledo de la Valduerna, Villaquilambre, Lorenzana and Villeza, with an average value of €67/m² and €280/m². With developable land, its situation is very similar to urban land, being dispersed throughout the province, but concentrating the majority in the capital.
An economic development that evolves from agriculture to the service sector
The province of León is located northwest of Castilla y León. It has an area of 15,581 km² and is the second-most populous province in the Autonomous Community, with a population of more than 490,000 people, half of which is concentrated around the areas of León and Ponferrada.
More than 50% of the total area is located above 1,000 meters of altitude, so it has a continental Mediterranean climate with Atlantic influence. It has a great thermal amplitude; its winters are cold and long with snow and frost (which prevents the cultivation of some horticultural crops in the highest and most mountainous areas); while the summers are short and hot.
Its economy is nourished by the service sector, construction, industry, energy, and the primary sector. In the past, it was the latter that stood out in the region, but over time, as in the rest of Spain, services and commerce have taken the lead. Foreign trade is important in León and capital goods and non-chemical semi-finished products are exported.
The end of traditional activities has not been compensated by other economic sectors. Despite this, construction, agribusiness, and energy stand out in this field.
New companies have joined the pharmaceutical industry, which was born in previous centuries. In the textile field, some companies with tradition survive.
The greatest development of industrial land has been carried out around León and Ponferrada, in the industrial parks of Onzonilla, Villadangos, El Bayo and Bembibre.
The agricultural world adapts to changes
The primary sector represents 1% of the companies in León. It has more than 1,300,000 hectares of rustic land, whose value has increased in recent years, used for pastures, herbaceous crops, fodder, plantation of forest species and livestock. Most of the farms are smallholdings.
Thanks to its reservoirs and ditches it is possible to grow fruit trees (apple, pear, and cherry trees) and irrigated crops (especially in El Páramo), such as beets, potatoes, beans and sunflowers. Corn is also planted, of which its modernized irrigation systems and its products stand out, to which more than 70,000 hectares are dedicated. Although there are also rainfed crops such as vineyards and cereals (wheat, barley, rye, hops and oats). In addition, protein crops are today an interesting alternative.
León is among the most prominent provinces in terms of cattle production, especially in the dairy area. Next is the sheep, followed by the goat, also destined for milk production. On the other hand, the pig occupies the last place in the Community. Poultry and beekeeping are booming as facilities are being modernized and younger professional farmers are turning to these activities.
A diverse forest area
In the Leonese orography, three zones are distinguished: the mountainous (to the north and part of the western third), the plain (in the south and the eastern third) and the basins (in the western third). What supposes a great landscape diversity of great natural and cultural wealth, between La Montaña and La Meseta. Throughout its territory there are protected natural spaces, many of them classified as Biosphere Reserves (more than 3,000,000 km² of the total provincial area).
This situation has meant that the population centres adapt to the morphology of the terrain. In the plains, fertile plains, and riverbanks, it is where more cities are located to take advantage of agricultural resources, while in the mountainous areas the towns are more dispersed and extensive exploitations are appreciated.
In its mountains and plains Mediterranean and Atlantic species predominate in the uras, such as holm oak, juniper, oak, birch, Scot’s pine, cork oak, almond or chestnut forests (in El Bierzo), beech forests (Faedo de Ciñera, considered the best cared for forest from Spain) and rebollos; the latter in the more humid zones, which occupies large extensions of land; as well as pastures and cultivated surfaces. In addition to bushes: ferns, heather, gorse, broom, juniper, and broom. Also, like mosses, lichens, and mycological flora. Like the riparian vegetation (poplars, willows, alders, poplars, and ash trees).
The availability of these resources reflects the forestry potential of the region, in which the timber industry, ecotourism, forest-based agri-food, wood construction and biorefinery are developed.
Producer and consumer of energy
The hydrographic network is made up of three basins: North, Miño-Sil (27% area) and Duero (72% of the area). Water surfaces, such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs are used in the production of hydroelectric energy, which is very important in this region, through dams and hydroelectric plants. As well as for supply, irrigation and water sports.
To these must be added the thermal power plants that take advantage of Leonese coal and its nine wind energy parks.
The energy sector contributes 11% of the province's GDP and the rest of the economic activities that are carried out depend on it.
The province of León has gone from being agrarian to opting for the service sector.
The availability of industrial land in León and its metropolitan area is scarce, but work is being done to expand it to attract investment capital to the area and develop business initiatives at affordable prices.