Teruel

Nestled among the Sistema Iberico (Iberian System) of mountains in northeast Spain is the charming hamlet of Teruel.  The city of Teruel is the capital for the province of Teruel in the region of Aragon.  Teruel’s population of just under 35,000 residents makes this city one of the smallest provincial capitals in Spain, based on population.  Teruel is remote geographically due to its location in the mountains, at an elevation of 915 meters above sea level.  In addition, Teruel is the only provincial capital without a direct route via car or train to the nation’s capital of Madrid.

Although you will be in a mountainous region in Teruel, generally the region experiences rather warm summers. Daytime highs in July and August can reach over 30 degrees Celsius, with an evening low of 13. Winters can be brutal, with high temperatures rarely exceeding nine degrees Celsius, with night-time lows falling well into the negatives.

What sets Teruel apart from other destinations in Spain is the Mudejar Architecture of Aragon, which was named by the UNESCO a World Heritage Site.  The Mudejar style incorporates many flourishes found in architecture of the Moors that settled in the area centuries prior.  Teruel is known as the “town of Mudejar” based on the proliferation of buildings in the city in that style.

Other sites to see in Teruel include:

Los Arcos:  Aqueducts dated from 1538.

Church of San Miguel:  First built in the 12th century, the church was remade in the 1600s using the popular style at the time, Baroque.

Dinopolis Teruel:  A combination of museum and theme park, this site is dedicated to the dinosaur remains found in the area.  These remains are deemed to be the oldest dinosaur remains found on the Iberian Peninsula.

The city of Teruel is served by Valencia Airport, roughly 109 kilometres from the city centre.  Consider car hire at Valencia Airport to travel to and around Teruel.

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