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Teruel

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Teruel is the capital city of the province of the same name in Aragon in Spain.

Plaza del Torico

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

Teruel is actually closer to Valencia than Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon, and Valencia Airport offers more connections that the one in Zaragoza.

By train[edit]

  • 1 Estación de Tren de Teruel (Teruel Train Station), Camino de la Estación, s/n, +34 902 432 343. Daily 06:20-15:15, 18:35-20:30 (ticket sales). Renfe runs regular trains from Zaragoza (2hr 15min) and from Valencia (2hr 30min). The railway station is well down below the town and anybody with mobility difficulties might want to consider a taxi. For the fully fit there are multiple flights of steps. The station has a small restaurant, toilets, and a window to collect tickets purchased online or by phone.

By bus[edit]

  • 2 Estación de Autobuses, Ronda de Ambeles, s/n, +34 978 610 789, +34 978 607 079. The bus station provides easier access to the town than the train. The tourist office maintains an online list of companies with links and contact information. A standard journey from Valencia takes two hours, from Zaragoza two and a half hours, and from Madrid four hours.

Get around[edit]

The city centre is very compact, requiring no car. To go further afield, e.g. to Dinópolis (listed below under 'See'), you may want to consider using the town's only taxi service, Taxi Teruel (tel. +34 978 102 040).

See[edit]

Mudéjar architecture[edit]

Teruel Cathedral from the museum.
Interior of Iglesia de San Pedro

Teruel is the site of some of the most impressive Mudéjar architecture in all Spain, which, with other Mudéjar structures in Aragón, are collectively inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • 1 Catedral de Santa María de Teruel (Teruel Cathedral), +34 978 618 016. Winter: M-Sa 11:00-14:00 16:00-19:00; summer: M-Sa 11:00-14:00 16:00-20:00. Impressive from outside but rather a mixture of styles. The bell tower, built 1257-1258, is considered to be one of the best-preserved Mudéjar towers in Spain. Also notable is the ornate wooden ceiling, dating from the early 14th century. Teruel Cathedral (Q513893) on Wikidata Teruel Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • 2 Torre de la Iglesia de San Salvador (Tower of the Church of San Salvador), C/ El Salvador, 5, +34 978 602 061, . Feb-Jul, Sep-Oct: M 11:00-14:00, Tu-Su 11:00-14:00 16:30-19:30; Nov-Jan: M 11:00-14:00, Tu-Su 11:00-14:00 16:30-18:30; Aug, Semana Santa and holidays: daily 10:00-14:00 16:00-20:00. Believed to date from the early 14th century, this very finely-decorated Mudéjar tower is covered with intricate tile work. Structurally it resembles a typical Almohad minaret, with a plain tower placed within the more elaborate outer tower, and a staircase usually open between them. The adjoining Church of San Salvador de los Reyes dates to the late 17th century, and is considered to be the best example of Baroque architecture in Teruel province. Especially noteworthy in the main altarpiece is the central figure El Cristo del Salvador, which was carved in the 13th century. €2.50 (adults), €2 (concessions). Tower of Iglesia de San Salvador (Q3896939) on Wikidata Tower of Iglesia de San Salvador on Wikipedia
  • 3 Torre de San Martín. This Mudéjar gate-tower was built between 1315 and 1316, and partly restored in 1550. It is also decorated with glazed tilework, and is associated with the nearby church of St. Martin (built during the Baroque period). The tower can be viewed only from the exterior. Torre de San Martín (Q7826989) on Wikidata Torre de San Martín on Wikipedia
  • 4 Iglesia de San Pedro (San Pedro Church), C/ Matías Abad, s/n, +34 978 618 398, . Daily 10:00-14:00 16:00-20:00. A 14th-century Romanesque-Mudéjar church, the interior of which is completely covered with designed bricks and tiles. Built in the late 13th-century, the adjoining well-preserved tower is the earliest Mudéjar structure in Teruel. The mausoleum of Los Amantes (The Lovers of Teruel) is also located here. Admission to church, tower, cloister, and mausoleum: €8 (adults), €6.5 (concessions); church and tower only: €7 (adults) €5.5 (concessions); mausoleum only: €4 (adults), €3 (concessions); guided walk: €1 (adults), €.50 (concessions). San Pedro Church (Q5911123) on Wikidata San Pedro Church, Teruel on Wikipedia

Other sights[edit]

Acueducto Los Arcos
Museo de Arte Sacro
  • 5 Acueducto Los Arcos (Los Arcos Aqueduct). Completed in 1554, the aqueduct is a significant example of Spanish Renaissance engineering. Aqueduct of Los Arcos (Q5657044) on Wikidata
  • 6 Viaducto de Fernando Hué (Teruel Aqueduct). Built to connect the old walled city with the suburbs, the bridge was completed in 1929. Viaducto de Fernando Hué (Q6160843) on Wikidata
  • 7 Escalinata Neo-Mudéjar (Neo-Mudéjar Staircase). Designed by José Torán de la Rad to connect the train station with the historic city centre, the visually appealing staircase was completed in 1921 in a style combining Moorish and Modernist elements.
  • 8 Museo de Teruel (Provincial Museum), Plaza Fray Anselmo Polanco, 3, +34 978 600 150. Tu-F and holidays 10:00-14:00 16:00-19:00, Sa Su 10:00-14:00. Located in a 16th-century palace. Ensure that you ask the guide on the top floor to let you out to the arcaded exterior for a terrific view of the cathedral. Free. Museo de Teruel (Q9046914) on Wikidata
  • 9 Museo de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Art), Plaza Venerable Francés de Aranda, 3 (Palacio del Obispado), +34 978 619 950, . M-Sa 10:00-14:00 17:00-19:00. Housed in a 16th-century palace, the museum exhibits religious art from the Romanesque to the Baroque periods.
  • 10 Dinópolis, Polígono Los Planos, s/n (on the outskirts of town), +34 978 617 715, . Hours vary, generally Sep-Mar: Sa Su 10:00-20:00; Apr: F-Su 10:00-20:00; May-Jun: Th F 10:00-19:00, Sa Su 10:00-20:00; Jul M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa Su 10:00-20:00; Aug daily 10:00-20:00. The first dinosaur discovered in Spain was in Teruel, which now is the location of one of the world's largest paleontological museums and dinosaur theme parks. If you look for amusement you'll be disappointed, but if you like fossils, don't hesitate to go. No food or drink permitted, photography only permitted in the entrance, outdoor areas, and restaurants. €28 (adults), €22 (seniors/children 4-11); tickets can be purchased online. Dinópolis (Q3571276) on Wikidata Dinopolis on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

Drummers at a Holy Week procession.

There's a tradition to do during the festivities in July, that is throwing meringue to the town hall's door. At Easter the parades of drummers in full Easter garb are well worth a look. The Mausoleum of The Lovers of Teruel (Los Amantes) is just off the main square.

Buy[edit]

Teruel jamon serrano, you can purchase it in some deli shops in the city center. It's awesome. Do not purchase any "typical bakery", as it may not be made on the premises.

Eat[edit]

The best places are 'asadores' and 'rokelin' (there are several ones), anything else is fancy expensive food, you'll be hungry after eating in those places.

Drink[edit]

There isn't a typical drink, but you can find microbrews in some bakeries.

Some pubs in the party zone (called simply "la zona") are truly troll nests, don't go there.

Sleep[edit]

Parador de Teruel
  • 1 Parador de Teruel, Carretera Sagunto-Burgos, km 122.5 (2km NW of the city centre), +34 978 601 800, fax: +34 978 608 612, . Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 07:00-12:00. If you're driving, the Parador is a good choice. Has non-smoking rooms, an onsite bar and highly-regarded restaurant, pool and tennis courts, and free Wi-Fi. €90+.

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