Spain's Smurf Village saves a town from tourism blues

Sunset over Spain's Smurfville near Malaga. Juzcar has become a popular destination for worldwide travelers and has become one of the most recognizable villages in Spain. (Gerry Hadden)

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When a money tree grew in the Smurf neighbourhood it appeared as if good times had come to the village. And in one small Spanish town their money tree relies on Smurf-themed tourism, complete with Smurf-blue buildings and that bold blue body paint.

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Smurf characters adorn many walls in Juzcar in Spain, the world's first "Official Smurf Village."


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Madrid has sold its Sol. Its "Puerta del Sol" metro line and historic plaza.
The buyer: British telecom giant Vodafone. The price: about $2 million for 3 years.


Why a part of Spain is undergoing a blue period

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Smurf reporter Gerry Hadden: Processed
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Tough times call for tough measures. And when the times are really tough, some of the measures might be called bizarre.

In Spain, where the unemployment rate is nearly 26 per cent, the economy has rarely been this dreary.

Today, as part of our Project Money, we'll hear about some of the creative and controversial things Spaniards do to make a Euro.

Today freelance journalist Gerry Hadden takes us from Madrid on a road trip around the country, in his documentary The Things We Do For Money.


Vancouver actors Gustavo Febres, Ilianne Robredo and Rodolfo Funes provided the translation and voicing.


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