Ibn-Racin was the name of the Berber tribe that established here with the Muslim invasion. After some time it became a Roman town. The town was called Santa María de Oriente when it was Christian…The ancient history of Albarracín begins like this, a history where protection and defense have been the premise. Today, as you walk its narrow streets and breathe the calmness, it is difficult to imagine that its location was not imagined just for pleasure but as a shelter against danger.
The amazing old part of town is just for pedestrians and very high up. If you go up on the afternoon you will see that the passageways under the arches, the stairs, the doors of the mansions, seem as if they were inhabited by mysterious shadows. Albarracín oozes an aristocratic air; you can see it in its studded doors, in the iron door knockers, in its balconies made with carved wood, in its spectacular work with wrought iron. In one of the winding streets there are little squares that open over the abysm from where the houses seem to hang. The landscape is extremely beautiful. For the construction of houses, they have traditionally used plaster instead of stone, and the color of its walls has the same color of the ravines underneath them.
If you spend the night in the town, don’t miss out on a nocturnal walk. The starry night, the solitary streets, the lights that twinkle in the ravine and the soft murmur of the Guadalaviar River are unforgettable.
I think the El Andador guided tours are a very interesting way to get to know the place you're visiting. Guided tours allow you to delve into the stories and legends of famous people as well as the houses and little places in an area. That's what you get when you visit El Andador, and I can assure you that between the environment and the explanations on the tour, the average visit time will fly by. I totally recommend it.
The recent restoration projects done to this wall have made it one of the most beautiful medieval relics from around Europe. The first walled city was the primitive Muslim one. The second area has the most imposing walls, surrounding not only the village, but also climbing to the top of the mountain. I recommend climbing to the top of the wall, to see all of the village from above.
Albarracin is an inviting place to walk, relax, and enjoy the unparalleled architecture. Every step you take you'll discover a building to admire, worthy of being painted or photographed. The Julianeta House is perhaps the best known image of Albarracin, because it's its alma mater and it represents the typical architecture of the people and the philosophy of taking advantage of entryways in its construction. Defiant to the laws of gravity, I find a little touch of "Picasso" in it. If you look at it, it really does look like a Picasso painting. I don't know, to me it seems Picasso-esque ;-) It's just a wonderful area, without doubt, one of my favorites.
This is a curious square that is a bit irregular. However, just like in most of Albarracin, it has a beautiful drawn. In the basement of City Hall building that dominates the square, we found a large group of artists shaping oil which were acclimated in different corners. The Square is the geographical center of the town and serves as the guiding framework of streets and alleys. One of the most famous houses in the square, it is because it has a perfect replica plasterboard within the grounds of "Spanish Village" of Barcelona. It's wonderful combination of stone and wood as well as the wide range of browns and grays to be found in the buildings of the square, only contrasted with the city also has an unusual construction in Aragon. I totally get the artists that sit just soaking in the inspiration of this beautiful town waiting for something to inspire them in order to begin painting.
This is an interesting street as the roofs are virtually superimposed, in that when touched, they make almost no sunlight. This street reminds us of the last Muslim city and of the later medieval layout. Walking down this street is like strolling through a mystery as it is narrow, dark, and full of contrasts but surprisingly beautiful. We went from orange to deep brown tones and touches of silvery gray. Albarracín features such an incredible palette of earth tones. In Arzaga Street, you can see some of the more noble interesting buildings of the city and it is one of the main arteries. It is a great place to take interesting photos.
The Toy Museum is a private initiative, and houses an extensive collection of antique Spanish toys. Eustaquio Castilian created the facility in 1996 to manage the Foundation Toy Museum in 1997. There is a small gift shop and toys and three floors where visitors can see more than 2,000 toys from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in collections ranging from children's toys, furniture, household supplies, dolls, religious toys, tin toys from the first half of the twentieth century, dollhouses cabinets with large proportions, a doll collection, to a room that looks like a school, desks, maps, books etc. On the third floor, there is a mansard roof, and this floor features the most valuable collections. Here, guests can find cars, trains, or bike building sets, as well as cinemas and boats. On the walls there are glass cases with theaters, lead soldiers and figures. In short, it is like taking a trip to the past in terms of toys, which can be enjoyed at any age.
Zoos in Albarracín
The Rural Activity Center "Monteagudo Mas" is a farm where people engage in agriculture and ecological ranching, located between the towns of Albarracin, Monterde, and Torres de Albarracin. It is a place where you can enjoy a walk through nature enjoying a great diversity of animals. The route can be done in the company of donkeys on which children can ride.
This is an awesome tour that just can't be missed. For just 3 euros you can go on a guided tour For 3 euros through the history of the war in Rome, Greece, Middle Ages and China. It features 50 siege weapons scale and well documented (18 books written by the organizer) that make you recreate the legendary game Age of Empires. As we said soon more will be added as they have documentation of another 300 more. Everything is made by hand between him and his father. Spectacular.
This trail presents little difficulty, and in return offers travelers much charm, so I recommend it if you visit the city of Albarracin and its surroundings. It is convenient to start with the road called "El Arrabal", which is located in the Vega del Guadalaviar. From there you will begin to contemplate a landscape that will encourage you to continue the path. When you get to the river, we will have the magnificent view of the city of Albarracín, nestled on top of a rock at 1171 meters of altitude.
From there you can see all the village, the wall or the immense buttresses that seem to hold the houses up against the mountain, just like the castle, the cathedral, and the ancient walls that were made to keep the city impregnable, though some of the walls are more recent. In the river area you can see the great height that separates it from the village, which was in most cases a natural wall of protection. From that spot, we can see the Doña Blanca Tower. There's a legend passed by locals that says that Doña Blanca, even to this day, goes out walking like a lost soul by the fringes of the river on the night of the full moon.
The Albarracín Diocesan Museum is located in the city of Teruel. You can access it through the cloister of the Cathedral, where it has been installed in the premises of the main floor of the Episcopal Palace. Both in the lobby and in the hallways you'll find many paintings of the XVII and XVIII centuries. The Stewardship room houses, in addition to small sculptures, jewelry of great value, especially from the Cathedral Treasury. Highlights of this place include a crystal fish-shaped incense holder decorated with gold and precious stones, from the sixteenth century, a gold inlaid miniature devotional statue (portapaz) with precious stones, from the Renaissance, and chalices, processional crosses and custodians.
This viewpoint offers us fabulous views across the valley and the Sierra de Albarracin. The town is spectacular, with magnificent views, as well as the wall that runs along the hill. It is a city on the way to Teruel that you can't let pass by!