MAESTRAZGO ROUTE (RUTA DEL MAESTRAZGO)
The Maestrazgo Region is a luminous area with rolling mountains that lead down to the sea.
Suggested access airports: Valencia/Barcelona
7 NIGHT ITINERARY
First and Second Nights: Parador de BENICARLÓ
The Maestrazgo region has a sun-filled coast into which the mountain ranges lead down. Benicarló is a good starting point to discover this pleasant coast, exploring nearby spots such as Peñíscola, dominated by the castle of the so-called Luna Pope, which appears to float above the sea and the town’s old quarter. Inland we can visit the Els Ports-Maestrat region. Of special note is the lovely town of Morella, in which numerous civil and religious monuments reflect the history of the town. The Parador is the ideal place to relax before setting off on the rest of the route.
Third Night: Parador de TORTOSA
The village of Tortosa is located on the last meter of the Ebro River, before the river forms its delta. Within the delta, the Natural Park with a very singular and beautiful landscape, one of the most important humid areas in the Western Mediterranean Sea. In the inner part of the region, the mountains are of “Les Ports”, which is also a Natural Park, and the mountain ranges of Pàndols and Cavalls: here, the last battles of the Spanish Civil War were fought. The town of Tortosa has a long tradition and a rich monumental patrimony, starting with the building in which the Parador is located on a hill, in the Arab relict of La Suda.
Fourth and Fifth Nights: Parador de ALCAÑIZ
In the region of Bajo Aragón, the knights of the “Orden de Calatrava” resided during several centuries in its castle, which is located on a hill dominating the village, and in which the Parador of Alcañiz is located today. In Alcañiz, the visitor should see the “Torre Del Homenaje” (XII century) with its Gothic wall paintings of the XIV century, the medieval secret passes, and the monumental Plaza de España, formed by the City Hall (XVI century), the Gothic “Lonja” (XIV century), and the church of Sta María la Mayor (XVIII century). Alcañiz is a good starting point for visiting the region "Comarca del Matarranya" with its medieval villages of Valderrobres and Calaceite and the Natural Park of “El Parrisal” in Beceite, as well as the nearby region of the “Maestrazgo” with its mountains and beautiful small villages
Sixth and Seventh Nights: Parador de TERUEL
Talking about the city of Teruel is talking about the “Mudéjar”- style, a beautiful cultural and monumental legacy which has survived long centuries. It is also talking about the “Lovers of Teruel” (Amantes de Teruel). The “Mudéjar” – style of Teruel comes from the Islamic tradition of Aragón. We want to point out the tower of the cathedral, the tower of San Pedro, the tower of San Martin, the tower of San Salvador and the tower of La Merced…You should also not miss the beautiful ceiling of the cathedral, of great beauty and harmony. For all of these monuments, the “Mudéjar” – style monuments of Teruel, which reflect the Spanish “Mudéjar”, have been declared by the UNESCO World Heritage. In Teruel, there are many more sites to visit, like the theme park Dinópolis, dedicated to dinosaurs. (The park does not open all the year; please consult opening dates and hours at the reception desk). This park is very attractive both for adults and for kids. Also worth visiting is the mausoleum of the “Amantes de Teruel”.level. one of the Andalusian regions with the strongest identity and character, La Axarquía