This post is part of a weekly feature called Discovery of the Week. By discovery, I mean a place, a custom or dish that is not widely known. See, I love to read travel magazines, websites and books. Very often, I find beautiful and interesting gems that not a lot of people seem to know about. That is why I thought about introducing this feature because I am sure it will expose a lot of astonishing places. Additionally, I enjoy learning about the many amazing places in the world. I believe my readers also enjoy this activity.
Discovery of the Week: Albarracin
Where it is located: In the province of Teruel, part of the community of Aragon in Spain.
What it is: A town located in a meander (sinuous bend) of the Guadalaviar River.
The town is famous for its fortified enclosure, buildings adapted to the difficult topography and narrow cobbled streets. Albarracin was declared Monumento Nacional (National Monument) of Spain in 1961.
The town is named for the Moorish Al Banū Razín family that once had been dominant in the area during the period of Muslim domination in the Iberian Peninsula.
From 1167 to 1300, Albarracín was an independent lordship known as the Sinyoría d’Albarrazín. It was eventually conquered by Peter III of Aragon in 1284 and the ruling family was deposed.
The town has several must visit places such as the Plaza Mayor, Town Hall (lookout point to the river), El Salvador Cathedral, Diocese Museum, Alcazar Fortress and Andador Tower (go here for amazing views of the entire town). There is also a Cultural Park where samples of post-Paleolithic art can be seen.
The mountainous location of the town makes possible the discovery of nearby canyons, valleys, prairies and forest. The area is rich in flora and fauna due to the numerous streams and ponds.
Albarracin has a decent hospitality industry aimed to those wanting to spend the night (or days) in town. Another option is to stay in nearby (and bigger) Teruel.
Did you know about Albarracin?