María is the eldest of four siblings, something that used to be common but is nowadays unusual in Tierras Yangüesas.
Yanguas, with a past as a merino sheep and merchant, and with a tradition of muleteers and traders, in the middle of the 20th century, suffered, as did the whole of Tierras Altas, a great deal of emigration. Tierra de Yanguas did not adapt to the industrial revolution, so its people, looking for a better future, migrated to more industrialised areas such as Zaragoza or La Rioja.
In recent years, thanks to families like María’s, of Romanian origin, or families coming from Valencia, Madrid or Morocco, among others, and together with the lifelong residents, Yanguas is having a new opportunity to avoid being depopulated like many other villages in the area.
María was born in Madrid, but her father dreamed of having a great animal farm and, finally, after much searching, the opportunity to have it appeared in Yanguas. They have been living in the village for almost 10 years, where her parents are dedicated to sheep farming, as in the past.
María, as well as studying, works at the Yanguas Tourist Office where she welcomes visitors who, attracted by the denomination of one of “The Most Beautiful Villages of Spain”, come to see the Castle and its steep cobbled streets.