Teruel Travel Guide

  • Teruel
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Teruel
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Teruel
    by jorgejuansanchez

Teruel Things to Do

  • Acueducto de los Arcos

    Until the city had plumbing installed in the 19th century, water was carried into the confines of the city walls by means of an aqueduct which in itself was built in the 16th century. Before modern plumbing, cisterns were also used to store water for the people.The aqueduct has a few different levels of various arches, the middle layer being a...

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  • Public Library and Plaza

    Much of the city has the old Moorish influence showing in the facades of the buildings, notably the tiling work and the towers.However, the front of the Biblioteca Publica and the adjoining Seminario Conciliar have a distinctively different European feel to them. The building, the plaza and the church are not so noteworthy by themselves, but...

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  • City Mural

    While it may only take a couple moments, I found the old city mural to be quite nice and genuine. Its free for the viewing and only takes a few minutes. Its a large wall mural, made from painted ceramic tiles.The small scenes around the perimeter show the towns history, chronicling specific events and significant things such as the "Amores".

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  • Check the Manholes by your feet

    There are lots of things to do and look at in Teruel, the average person will always look up. While this is typically the best way to see a city, I recommend you occasionally look down too. Many cities, particularly those with old historic roots have some interesting manhole covers donning the areas flag, crest, symbols, etc.

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  • Acueducto de los Arcos

    The Arches Aqueduct is one of the most important engineering works of the Spanish Renaissance building which was made in order to improve water supply to the city of Teruel, which had hitherto depended on the cisterns constructed in the last quarter of the fourteenth century.

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  • Escalinata Neomudéjar

    The Neomudéjar staircase was built to link the historical city centre with the railway station. It was designed by Carlos Castell, and conducted by José Toran in 1920-21. On a wall there is a relief representing a scene of the Lovers.The details of the decoration are very faithful to the genuine Mudéjar style: ceramic plates and cylinders, tiles,...

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  • Aljibes medievales

    The Medieval Cisterns were in the XIV century, below Plaza del Torico. We can see the two cisterns: “fondera” and “somera” (deep and shallow). There was also a channel connecting them.There are some explanations of the cistern system and a photography exhibition and a room for audiovisuals in the “shallow” cistern.The entrance is in Ramon y Cajal...

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  • Mausoleo de los Amantes

    The Mausoleum contains the tombs of Isabel de Segura and Diego de Marcilla, the Lovers of Teruel.The Mausoleum is a building attached to Saint Peter’s church. The building is divided into six sectors in which we can read about the history of the lovers, other tragic love stories, etc. Too long preamble in my opinion.The Lovers of Teruel have been a...

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  • Iglesia de San Pedro

    The church was built in the XIV century. The altarpiece was made in wood by Gabriel Joly (the same artist who made the altarpiece of the cathedral) in the XVI century. He also made the retable of Saints Cosmas and Damian, in the chapel where the mummies of the Lovers were found.The church has an Andito, a corridor that surrounds the church above...

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  • Los Amantes de Teruel

    The lovers of Teruel, Isabel de Segura and Diego de Marcilla, belonged to important families in the city. The two young fell in love. As Diego was the second son, he had not wealthy to offer, so he departed to build up a fortune to be able to marry Isabel. There were no news of Diego in five years, so Isabel's father married her to Don Pedro de...

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  • Modernist buildings

    Pablo Monguió was an architect born in Tarragona who left a great work in Teruel. He built two Modernist houses at Plaza del Torico: Casa del Torico and Casa La Madrileña. He also built Casa Ferrán, at Calle Nueva (from Plaza del Torico to Staircase).Casa del Torico is one of the best Modernist buildings in Aragón. Pablo Monguió also built the...

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  • Plaza del Torico

    Plaza del Torico is in the middle of Teruel city center. In the centre or the square is a monument to the bull (toro), but since the bull is quite small, the diminutive torico gives name to the square.The Torico is on top of a fountain. We visited Teruel in Christmas, the fountain was covered by green branches as though it were a Christmas tree,...

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  • Torre de San Martín

    This tower is earlier than Torre del Salvador. Like Tower of El Salvador, it consists of two towers, one covering the other and the stars to the bell between them. The outer tower has all the decoration elements.This tower is in the same square as the Public Library and the Seminary.Through the tower you will see the Portal de Daroca, one of the...

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  • Torre del Salvador

    This tower is a nice example of the Mudéjar art in Teruel. The tower has the structure of an Almohad minaret: tow towers (one inside the other) and a stair in the middle. The internal tower is divided into rooms covered by cross vaults.The support of the bells was added, as we can see in the pointed arch windows that top the structure of a minaret....

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  • Museo de Arte Sacro

    The Episcopal Palace houses the Museo de Arte Sacro.The construction of the palace started in the late XVI century.The museum contains pieces of religious art from different periods: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.There are some images of Saint Joachim with Mary, which is not very usual.

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Teruel Restaurants

  • Lots of food options, with good views

    While walking the hills of Teruel, you can easily work up an apetite. Some of the places in the trendy plazas can be a bit more expensive, but we foudn Invito Yo to be reasonably priced, particularly based on the location.The menu is varied, with everything from juicy hamburgers, to salads, to rationes, to a 11Eur menu del dia.The restaurant also...

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  • Lots of food options, with good views

    There are several copa y tapas type restaurants and bars along the long patio sidewalk of Paseo del Ovalo.They more or less have the same menus and options, but having a casual drink and either a bocadillo or some tapas for a snack is what most people will do. There are a few places that have chalk board displays of their daily lunch menus (typical...

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  • Slightly upscale cafeteria

    When we were walking around Teruel, we worked up an apetite, but unfortunately the bus schedules did not allow us to dine at a proper time. Therefore, most of the restaurants were not serving because they were between lunch and dinner service.We found Cafe de Don Diego to be a decent alternative and they politely served us even though they...

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  • Breakfast and more

    As we had no breakfast included in the hotel, we went out to have a coffee before our morning tour. We arrived at Plaza del Torico and found Muñoz, a patisserie. We found it very well assorted. The man who runs the bar was quite efficient and he served several breakfast for different groups in record time. We had chocolate and porras (large...

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  • Jamón jamón

    Rokelin is a chain of establishments specialized in pork products. We enter for dinner in one of them, near Plaza del Torico (7 Ramón y Cajal), coming back from the Mausoleum of the Lovers. We had a plate of ham with toasts, oil and tomato plus two beers and a cup of wine for 17 €. The ham was very good.They also commercialize other products such...

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  • Mesón el Ovalo

    This Meson is in the historic centre of Teruel, in front of the Neomudéjar Stairs. There is menú del día (set menu): starter, main, dessert, drink included: 12 €. There were several starters and mains to choose. I don’t remember the starters we chose; as mains we ordered code fish bilbaina style and pork cheek. Both were delicious.

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Teruel Transportation

  • Autovía mudéjar

    The Highway A23, called Autovía Mudéjar, connects Teruel with Valencia (via Sagunto) and Zaragoza. Since it is in operation the trip from Valencia to Teruel is much more comfortable. All along the highway there are Mudéjar decorative elements.Awfully Teruel is the only capital of province which is not connected to Madrid by train. It is connected...

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  • A remote city.

    Teruel is the most difficult city to reach in Spain, that is at least what the locals claim. It is true that this area has been neglected by the authorities in terms of transportation. Teruel is the only province with no motorways (there is one now under construction between Zaragoza and Valencia) and it is also excluded from the planned high speed...

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Teruel Local Customs

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    by DanielF Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    This small sculpture is the symbol of Teruel. It is funny because the column that sustains it seems to be unproportionatedly big. (El Torico means small bull in the local slang).

    It represents the passion that people in Teruel have for bullfighting. "Bulls in the streets" is a tradition that, in my eyes, looks rather barbaric and insane, but many people in this area are really passionate about it.

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Teruel Warnings and Dangers

  • Crawling with Spanish tourists!

    by blint Written Dec 9, 2004

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    If you fancy checking out Teruel don't go in the december puente at the beginning of December without booking accomodation first. We made that mistake and ended up spnding the night in the car as the was NO accomodation ANYWHERE in Teruel of anywhere near Teuel!

    Book in advance!!!! Try the Hotel Reina Cristina near the Escalinata as the man there was very helpful to me and tried calling all the other hotels in Teruel for me as they were booked up! 978 606860.

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Teruel What to Pack

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    by DanielF Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Due to its high location in the iberian Range, Teruel usually reaches the coldest temperatures in Spain during the winter, usually several degrees below zero. Be prepared if you plan to visit Teruel during this time of the year.

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Teruel Favorites

  • A view for the eternity

    This richly decorated chapel ceiling is what the Teruel "lovers" will have to see for the eternity. The lovers of Teruel lived in the XIII century. They were Juan de Marcilla and Isabel de Segura, members of two of the most prominent families in Medieval Teruel. When Juan asked Isabel's hand in marriage, Mr Segura refused; because Juan being the...

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  • A rough life.

    Teruel is a very provincial city. It is actually it is the smallest of all the province capital cities in Spain and also the most remote one. Secluded in a rough environment of arid plains and wild mountains, the weather is unclement and living conditions have always been hard. This has led to a constant lost of population during the last...

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  • Only for Romantics

    Teruel has its own version of the "Romeo and Juliet" drama. The famous lovers of Teruel are buried in this small mausoleum built in the XIX century by Juan de Ávalos inside the Mudejar church of Saint Peter.At least they rest hand in hand forever. For the not so romantics, you may be interested to see their mummies below the tombs.

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