Located in singular border crossroads between the old kingdoms of Castile, Valencia and Aragón, the region of Albarracín proposes the visitors a tourist supply based on a combination of art, history and nature.
In the southwest of the province of Teruel, Albarracín represents a town that displays a risky past that contrasts with the tranquillity of the present. It is indeed its history that justifies the local unit and allows differentiating it from the neighbouring zones.
The region of Albarracín represents in its totality the Iberian mountainous area, a determining factor in the activities of the place. Nevertheless, the benevolent summer climate allows enjoying its magnificent tourist resources.
In the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, in the east of the province of Teruel, the region of Maestrazgo offers one of the most attractive sites in Aragón. A loaded route full of character and personality that allows the visitor to submerge in an authentic "territory of contrasts": from the time of the dinosaurs to the last advances of the contemporary society. In this long stretch of history, a lot of different people like the Templar and Muslims in the Middle Ages, or the Carlists have influenced this unique place.
Coal, plaster, lead, salt; the mining has been the main economic activity of the area. Mining was able to model the landscape, the culture and even the social life style of the entire region. Nowadays, most of the mining activities have closed down and numerous tourist attractions of sustainable development arise around them.
The Mining Museum of Escucha is the only one in Spain that offers the possibility of descending into a true mine. More than 4,000 meters of galleries in a depth of up to 200 meters can be safely visited.
Montalbán, on the other hand lodges the Centres of Geology and Speleology, a visit that will show and explain you all the secrets of the underground world and will allow you to learn of first hand all the details of the mining work. And last but not least, Ojos Negros, a village in the neighbouring region of Andorra that has left a hallucinating landscape at sight, due to its open sky mining activities; which make you feel like being in a Science Fiction movie.
The valuable architectonic legacy of the towns of the region together with their unique natural surroundings strongly influenced by the Mediterranean, turn this Aragonese territory into an enclave of interesting tourist possibilities.
Natural spaces of great landscaping and botanical wealth like the famous Puerto de Beceite with its rivers and precipices, declared partly National Reserve and Hunting Area of Importance for the Birds make this area so special and relaxing. Also the monumental patrimony of its villages - like Calaceite, Valderrobres or Fresneda with their old towns declared historical artistic sites, the cave paintings of the shelters of Cretas and Beceite and the good network of museums and existing exhibition halls are some cultural highlights of the area. If you are more the sporty type kind of person, you can take advantage of one of the many leisure activities that can be practiced in this privileged part of Teruel which turn this province into an outstanding tourist enclave.
The Dungeon Track
A concrete itinerary still does not exist to follow the Dungeon Track, reason why it is recommended to visit the dungeons while passing through the different localities of the territory. The most outstanding dungeons by their magnificent state of conservation and importance are the Mazaleón, the Fresneda and the Ráfales.
The old jails and dungeons of the region are in general very well conserved and are normally located in the interior or underneath floors of the consistorial houses or city councils.
Therefore they were mostly very well constructed during the 16th to the 19th century and were even used until the beginning of the 20th century, until the penitentiary system in Spain was changed.
The drawings on the walls explain the boredom and the desperation of its very varied occupants. In Fresnada you can observe a painting called the "Way of the Cross", probably the work of a sorry one, on another wall we find the painting of a Virgin and a boat that could reflect the origin of the convict or the yearnings to leave that cell as soon as possible. It also exists a common denominator in those dark walls, a graphical constant; signals of small woods in vertical position that reflect the day to day counting, of the sentence imposed in each case.