There are many reasons why people moved away from these homes. Emigration has been a part of Galego history for many, many years. They have left for economic and political reasons, and they have gone to places like Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, and even just other parts of Spain. In fact, there are so many Galician immigrants in Buenos Aires that it is considered the “largest city in Galicia.”
Some of them left with the intention of returning and were never able to; some left family here that later had to move on or passed away. Some may even still come and go depending on the season, or at least that is their intention. Some of them may have even tried to sell the houses (and in some cases are still trying) and were unsuccessful.
It is a terrible shame; this is probably one of the most beautiful areas of Spain that I have seen. I of course have a special place in my heart for Granada, and Barcelona is artistically unmatchable, but when it comes to the weather and the natural surroundings, I think Galicia has to take the prize. If I won the lottery I would definitely consider buying one of these houses!
There is no easy fix for this problem. I only hope that people are able to create opportunities to stay here. It would be a shame to leave this if it were my home.