What to see in Teruel? Teruel is known in the tourism of Spain for being a city full of architectural works representing the Aragonese Mudejar style at its best.
If you have plans to visit the city, below we show you 11 essential places that you cannot leave out on your visit to the city of Mudejar.
Recommended places to see and visit in Teruel
1. Cathedral of Santa María de Mediavilla
It is popularly called only Teruel Cathedral, and represents a symbolic building of great value located in the center of the city. It is also one of the few cathedrals built in Mudejar style throughout the Iberian Peninsula, which is why it is considered an architectural gem made with this peculiar Spanish style.
It was erected between the years 1171 and 1587, based on an early Romanesque church that was on the same site. That church was remodeled from the beginning of the 13th century until it became the structure that can be seen today, with emblematic areas such as the tower, dome and roof.
The cathedral and its most iconic elements are part of the Mudejar architecture of Aragon, therefore they are considered as World Heritage and Asset of Cultural Interest. This makes it also a tourist spot that you should visit while in Teruel.
2. Mudéjar Tower of El Salvador
This is another of the buildings that make up the Mudejar architecture of Aragon, built during the time of the kingdom of Aragon in the fourteenth century with the purpose of being the bell tower of the Church of Salvador de Teruel. Its structure is very similar to the Torre de San Martín.
The tower was rebuilt between 1991 and 1993Moments later it became open to the public. Now its internal structure presents three rooms, the bell tower and a viewpoint, areas in which the Interpretation Center of Turolense Mudejar Architecture, which houses historical elements related to the subject.
3. Plaza del Torico
Its name is due to the eponymous fountain in its center, which is in the shape of a column with a small statue whose figure is a bull. The square is surrounded by food places, bars and terraces which are perfect to take a break during the tour of Teruel.
This famous public site of the city created in the middle of the 19th century it is located in the center, very near the Cathedral of Santa María de Mediavilla. It is also called by other names, such as Plaza de Carlos Castel, de la Constitución or del Mercado.
4. Oval Staircase
It is a monument built in the 20s by the Teruel engineer José Torán de la Rad (in honor of him, the monument is also called Torran Stairway), whose purpose was connect the Paseo del Óvalo with the Railway Station, in addition to beautifying the entrance to the city.
It was designed in a neo-Mudejar style, using materials such as brick, ceramic, iron and stone (the latter for the high reliefs). Its design and ornaments complement the aesthetic beauty of the city, it also attracts many tourists. The monument is listed as an Asset of Cultural Interest since 2008.
5. The Lovers of Teruel
Is about a legend which tells about a young woman from a wealthy family and a low-income young man who had fallen deeply in love, although the girl’s father would not allow them to be together. He promised that he would generate the fortune necessary to earn his father’s trust.
He fulfilled his promise too late, dying in front of the young woman after she rejected him. At his funeral, the girl kissed him and died on top of him. Several were made works to commemorate the legend, As the mausoleum in the Church of San Pedro and the high relief on The staircase. Many believe it to be the true story of Romeo and Juliet.
6. Los Arcos Aqueduct
The construction of this monument was carried out in the 16th century, between the years 1537 and 1558 precisely. Obviously its construction was necessary, since it was an easier way to transport the water from the source known as Peña del Macho, although during its construction there were countless inconveniences
With the passage of time, the aqueduct became un emblematic monument of the city of Teruel and also in a site of interest, with a current length of 101 meters approximately, crossing the Calle Bajo los Arcos and arriving at the Church of San Miguel in one of its ends.
Is a scientific, cultural and leisure park dedicated to paleontology and the exhibition of its themed rooms environment related to the world of dinosaurs.
It has a main headquarters in the city of Teruel Y seven museums distributed in other municipalities of the province, which are:
- “Inhóspitak” in Peñarroya de Tastavins.
- “Legendark” in Galve.
- “Región Ambarina” in Rubielos de Mora.
- “Stone Forest” in Castellote.
- “Mar Nummus” in Albarracín.
- “Titania” in Riodeva.
- “Valcaria” in Ariño.
8. San Pedro Tower and San Martín Tower
Both towers are emblematic of the city, as well as they are very similar in their appearance thanks to their structures made with the characteristic Aragonese Mudejar style. This is something that makes the two monuments World Heritage, forming part of the well-known set of Mudéjar Architecture of Aragón.
While the Torre de San Pedro is located next to its church of the same name (near the Torico Square), the Torre de San Martín is located in the Pérez Prado Square, in front of Calle San Martín and near the Cathedral of Santa María de Mediavilla.
9. Church of La Merced
It is located in the square of the same name, in the vicinity of Calle Bajo los Arcos that leads to the famous Los Arcos aqueduct. It was built in the 16th century and then expanded two centuries later. As well as other structures Aragonese Mudejar style, this church has attracted the attention of many tourists.
For a few archaeological excavations in the place, it was discovered that the church was erected on an old and small population center of the medieval city. During your visit you will be able to observe its great bell tower that, like the rest of the building, is an architectural work worthy of admiration.
10. Church of San Pedro
This church built in the 14th century is another sample of the Mudejar style architecture of Aragon, which stands out for its incredible bell tower, its cloister and the Mausoleum of the Lovers of Teruel, one of the works that refers to the famous legend of the city.
The patio that is attached to the church and its cloister is also well known for being an archaeological space in which remains of houses of the Middle Ages and also a gallery that was part of the Los Arcos Aqueduct. You will discover its characteristics even more when you visit it.
11. Provincial Museum of Teruel
The Aragonese Renaissance style building known as the Community House It was erected during the 16th century, and throughout its existence it was the seat of many institutions, currently being the headquarters of the Provincial Museum of Teruel.
Since the museum’s inauguration in 1987, the building has housed inside historical collections of different categories, mainly of ethnography, archeology and prehistory, among which elements such as the Calanda mosaics stand out, from the Roman culture in Teruel.
Map with 11 places to visit in Teruel
What to see and visit in the Province of Teruel?
If you are going to the city and want to know more about the province, we invite you to visit these towns of Teruel:
Gastronomy in Teruel
During your tour of the city of Teruel you will not only be able to enjoy its places of tourist and cultural interest, but also its exquisite culinary art which is also part of the traditions in the region, encompassing a variety of diverse ingredients, such as meat, fish, vegetables and fruits.
Between the most renowned typical delicacies In the city and beyond its borders that you can try during your stay are:
- The Ham of Teruel.
- Pastor’s Gazpacho.
- Shepherd’s stew.
- The Hanks.
- Teruel crumbs.
- The Pastissets.
- The Calanda peach.
- The Teruel Garlic Soup.
Something that is of great importance in the tourism field are the purchases made by visitors, since with them they can take the souvenirs or memories of your stay in historic cities like Teruel.
When you walk the streets of the city you will find a variety of stores with products that will serve you perfectly as souvenirs, highlighting the gastronomic like ham. Another type of products are wood and wrought iron crafts, as well as jewelry.
They will never be lacking in the cultural identity of a territory, especially one with great history and traditions like Teruel. Among its most typical celebrations you will know the Weddings of Isabel de Segura, the Fiestas del Ángel and the Fiestas del Jamón.
Weddings of Isabel de Segura
They take place in February and are considered national tourist interest, and consists of artistic representations of the legend of the Lovers of Teruel, highlighting the theatrical works starring amateur actors that narrate the history of these emblematic characters.
Festivities of the Angel
It consists of a holiday carried out in July What is it of tourist interest in Aragon. The acts carried out honor the patron of the city (the Holy Guardian Angel), such as events with bulls and heifers, as well as musicals.
It is a fair held in September that has a lots of fun activities, such as contests and tastings related to the famous Teruel ham. You can enjoy traditional food and displays of ham cuts.
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