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|When holidaying in the city
of Teruel, just 29 kms away is Albarracín, a picturesque and historic
town located in the province of Teruel, in the Aragón region of
Spain. The capital of the mountainous Sierra de Albarracín
Comarca, Albarracín is located in a meander of the Guadalaviar River.
The Sierra de Albarracín
mountain range rises to the South and West of the town. The town
was declared a National Monument back in 1961 for its well-preserved and
historic buildings including a spectacular cathedral.
The town got its name Moorish
Al Banu Razín family, who were once dominant in the area during
the period of Muslim domination in the Iberian Peninsula. The town
was eventually conquered by Peter III of Aragón in 1284 and in 1300
the city and its lands were officially incorporated into the Kingdom of
The town is in a beautifully
scenic area, surrounded by the Serrania de Albarracín and forested
with pines, junipers, maples and oaks, interspersed by green meadows and
rivers. The scenery is cut by deep gorges and dense pine forests.
There are many excellent hiking and 4x4 routes to be found in the area.
interest in the area is "El Mundo de los Caballos" or the world of the
horses, where visitors can learn about a herd of wild horses in the area,
and how to communicate with these wonderful animals.
Activities begin early in
the morning when visitors are taken into the forests to look for the horses
and then taught the basics of horse behavior, how to ride on the slopes
and in the meadows and finally to exercise the horses. This activity
is ideal for families, children, friends or groups wishing to visit and
enjoy the unhurried world of horses.
The rock paintings in the
cliff-foot caves of the Albarracín Cultural Park are worth a visit
as they are some of the most important evidence of the Levantine prehistoric
art of Spain.
some historic and truly beautiful accommodation, not too far away can be
found the Parador de Alcañiz,
which is a renovated 12th-13th century castle.
The parador dominates the
landscape with a preserved Tower of Homage, the belfry-sacristy, and a
section of the building was converted into an Aragonese Palace in the 18th
Century - a real mix of history. Inside the hotel you can view gothic
murals, a Plateresque sepulchre and baroque façade decorated with
red, ochre and green shades as well as oak beams. Sleeping with history
is a real possibility here.
Alternatively, only 29 kms
away on the outskirts of the historic city of Teruel is a Mudejar-inspired
palace, the Parador de Teruel.
The hotel is a mixture of the cultures and styles of this interesting and
monumental city, home to some of the most representative buildings of the
A worthwhile region of Spain
to visit, the scenery, history and attractions on offer never fail to delight
tower of the Alabarracín Cathedral and Northern walls (with Torre
del Andador on the top) - photo CC-by-SA Diego
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