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Go Off Spain’s Beaten Path and Visit Teruel

Go Off Spain’s Beaten Path and Visit Teruel – Take a Journey into the Country’s  Architectural Past

Why do we recommend that you go off Spain’s beaten path and visit Teruel?   Two main reasons are that the city is known for its Mudejar architecture and Jamon Serrano or Serrano ham.  For you Jamon lovers, this is the only reason you need.  Another reason why we recommend Teruel is because there are four UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city.  Taking all this into consideration, we knew that Teruel would be a nice place to visit while we were in Aragon.  This part of Aragon is the least populated area in all of Spain, for example, Teruel’s population is only 35,000 with most of the region’s population living in Aragon’s capital, Zaragoza.

We had just spent two nights visiting Albarracin which is only a 30-minute drive east of Teruel.  Both cities are inside Teruel Province and within the region of Aragon.

What to Do

Play the video below to learn more about our journey to Teruel.

Plaza del Torico

Night picture of Plaza del Turico in Teruel, Spain.
Plaza del Turico at night.

The Plaza del Turico is the heart of the city.  In the plaza, you can find cafes, bars, and restaurants filled with locals.  The plaza is a good place to stop and relax after a fun day of exploring.

Bull fountain in Plaza del Turico Teruel, Spain.

The fountain in the middle of the square is decorated with bulls.  Legend claims that during the reconquest of Teruel by the Christians, they set the horns of several bulls on fire and sent them running through the streets of Teruel to drive out the Moorish forces.  I know if I saw a raging bull running towards me with its horns on fire, I would leave town ASAP!

The Cathedral and Tower of Santa Maria of Mediavilla (Teruel Cathedral)

Located a few blocks away from Plaza del Torico, is the famous Church and Tower of Santa Maria of Mediavillar.  The Cathedral is a stunning prime example of Mudejar architecture.  The church was constructed in the year 1171 and the Mudejar tower was added in 1257.  The cost to visit the church is 2€ and photos and videos are prohibited.

The Tower of El Salvador

The tower is believed to have been built in the early 14th century.  This is a must-see while visiting Teruel.  Also, visitors have the ability to visit the Tower’s museum and climb the stairs to the top to take pictures of the beautiful surrounding countryside.

The Aqueduct

Roman style aqueduct in Teruel, Spain.

Originally built in 1537, the aqueduct is an outstanding example of Spanish Renaissance architecture.  The water is taken from the Pena del Macho spring four kilometers outside the city.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Teruel

The history of the cathedral dates back to 1171 and the cathedral was originally built in the Romanesque style.  You definitely will want to visit this cathedral for its famous Mudejar architecture, but its 14th-century wood ceiling is world-renowned.  In 1986, the cathedral was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Escalinata/The Staircase

Escalinata Staircase of Teruel

Originally built in 1921 to connect the center of town with the train station, the Escalinata is a beautiful example of neo-Mudejar architecture.

We recommend a two-day visit to Teruel because its a good amount of time to see all this city has to offer.

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Escape to one of Spain’s Hidden Treasures: Albarracin

Take A Personal Journey to One of Spain’s Hidden Treasures

Escape to one of Spain’s hidden treasures, Albarracín.  Albarracín is a magical city located in east-central Spain.  The city is surrounded by high cliffs and is nestled upon the Guadalaviar River.  The town’s location provides beautiful scenery from every corner.   Albarracín’s population is a whopping 1,075 inhabitants.  This is why we suggest you visit Albarracín for a perfect getaway in Spain.

Located 3,878 feet above sea level, the town has weather changes throughout the day and can leave you scrambling to one of the few shops that provide umbrellas and beanies.  Unfortunately, I know from experience.

Snow falling during the early morning in Albarracin.

Things to Do

Albarracín provides visitors with several things to do during your stay.  The town is rich in history and has hardly changed since medieval times.  Taking early morning walks through the charming streets of the town provides amazing opportunities for photos and videos.

Play the video below to learn what to see and do in Albarracín.


Where to Stay

Albarracin, Spain

We recommend the Hotel “Al-Banu-Racin” due to its location and views of the city.

Hotel “Al-Banu-Racin”

C/.Subida a las Torres, 14, 44100 Albarracín, Spain

website:  www.albanuracin.com

email:  recepcion@albanuracin.com

T.663.765.050

Where to Eat

After an amazing dinner at Rincon del Chorro, I had to return the next night and they did not disappoint.  This is a family owned restaurant and the owner, Carlos is friendly and personable.

Rincón del Chorro

Calle Chorro, 15, 44100 Albarracín, Teruel

website:  http://rincondelchorro.es/

T.  978.71.01 12

El Bodegón

Calle Azagra, 2, 44100 Albarracín, Spain

Other Things to Do

Visit the Museum of Albarracin

Climb the high mountain and walk on the towns medieval walls

Take a walk along the Guadalaviar River

Captures images of the city at night

 

More Photos

Albarracin at dusk.
Albarracin, Spain

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