The deal, which applies to a total of 103 mostly unused or abandoned public and prvate properties all over the country, is part of a larger effort to encourage visitors to explore beyond the major cities and otherwise overcrowded tourist destinations. The buildings and land won't cost the lucky recipients a thing, but there is a catch catch: in exchange, they must agree to renovate or restore the property, ultimately transforming it into something that draws people to the area.
The majority of the locales are situated off the beaten path, and in some cases are quite literally located along the particular walking or biking trails. In terms of architecture, you have your pick of everything from schoolhouses and former convents, to farmhouses and old defense towers, to old post offices and yes, even a few stunning medieval castles. A great deal of them are in disrepair, so you'll need to be ready for some potentially pricey rehab projects.