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Teruel

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

Getting there

The 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 Bus station provides easier access, after a 2 hour journey from Valencia, 2.5 hours from Zaragoza or 4 hours from Madrid.

Getting around

Things to See

Teruel is the site of some of the most impressive Mudejar architecture in all Spain. Examples are:

  • The Cathedral - impressive from outside but rather a mixture of styles
Teruel Cathedral from the museum.
  • El Salvador - very decorated Mudejar tower with a plain tower within and a staircase usually open between them.
  • San Pedro - site of the Alabaster tomb of 'Los Amantes' (The Lovers of Teruel). Good Mudejar tower and complete coverage of internal bricks with designs.

Also well worth seeing are;

  • The aqueduct/viaduct
  • The Provincial Museum - once a 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.
  • Dinopolis is a huge paleontological museum disguised as an amusement park, if you look for amusement you'll be disappointed, but if you like fossils, don't hesitate to go. It's a little far away, though.

Things to Do

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

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

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

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

If you're driving, the Parador is a good choice.

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