Due to its small size, it is possible to visit Teruel in one day and get to know its main points of interest since they are very close to each other. The rich artistic heritage of Teruel will surprise you, not only for its Mudejar towers but also for some modernist buildings.
In Teruel you can also find Dinópolis, an essential visit if you are traveling with children or if you are passionate about paleontology and dinosaurs. Your visit would take you practically a day, so the route that we are going to show you here is only with the city, with the best things to see in Teruel in one day.
Now you will discover why Teruel is known as the city of love and Mudejar.
What to see in Teruel in one day
If you have arrived by car to Teruel, it is best to leave it in a car park in the city center, such as the one in San Juan, a few meters from the main points of interest and also quite cheap.
When you leave the car park you will find the Plaza de San Juan, where we can admire several buildings such as the Palace of Justice, the Subdelegation of Commerce or the Marín Theatre, as well as a beautiful fountain. Calle Ramón y Cajal starts from there and takes you to the next destination.
The Plaza del Torico
Plaza del Torico is where we headed, but not before turning our eyes to the left in one of the streets admiring for the first time the Torre del Salvador, the first of the Mudejar towers that we will see.
Plaza del Torico is the nerve center of Teruel, where you will find more atmosphere thanks to the restaurants and cafes that surround it. In it, the Fuente del Torico stands out, one of the symbols of the city thanks to the bull’s heads from which the water emanates and the column at the top of which is a small bull.
Don’t miss the Casa del Torico either, a great example of modernist art from Aragon.
The Mausoleum of the Lovers
From there we can walk a few meters to another of the main places to see in Teruel in one day, the Mausoleum of the Lovers, located in a modern building attached to the Church of San Pedro, with another of Teruel’s Mudejar towers.
A visit to the site is a must, not only to see the mausoleum where the mummies of the lovers are located, but also to see the interior of the church, its cloister and to be able to climb its tower.
There they will tell you the story of the lovers, Isabel and Juan Diego. She, from a rich family of the thirteenth century. He, less fortunate that he had to go to war for 5 years to be accepted by her family. But since she was late on her return, the family arranged a wedding for Isabel that was held just before Juan Diego’s arrival. She rejected her kiss and he died suddenly. The next day, Isabel showed up at her funeral and after giving her the kiss that she rejected in life, she died with him. Truth or legend, a very beautiful love story.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria
The next destination is also very close. It is the Cathedral of Santa María, whose exterior is worth noting for its tower, Mudejar of course, and its dome, in the same style.
Construction of Teruel Cathedral began in the 12th century in the Romanesque style and was completed in the 16th century after many renovations and changes in style. The neo-Mudejar portal dates from 1909.
As we have said, the most remarkable thing is the Mudejar tower, which is part of the World Heritage Site of the Mudejar Architecture of Aragon, but inside it is also necessary to know the roof of the central nave and other elements. Next to the Cathedral is the Provincial Museum of Teruel, in a Renaissance building with ethnographic and archaeological works from the province. Not far away, the Los Arcos Aqueduct.
The towers of San Martin and El Salvador
From there we can walk in a short time to the next of the Mudejar towers that we are going to visit, the Torre de San Martín, another Mudejar tower, located in a beautiful square where the Public Library and the Conciliar-Res Seminary also stand out.
We can go under the tower and admire the remains of the Wall of Teruel that are still standing. From here it is best to retrace our steps and head to the Torre de El Salvador, the last Mudejar tower that we still have to visit and that we had already spotted between buildings at the beginning of our walk.
The Tower of El Salvador is nestled between the alleys of the city center which gives it a unique appearance. It is also possible to go upstairs and have great views.
The Oval Staircase and the viaducts
A few meters away is another of the great neo-Mudejar monuments of Teruel, the Escalinata del Óvalo, built in 1921 to bridge the gap between the old town and the railway station. We recommend going down the stairs to admire them from below and going up again to have a dreamlike view, especially at sunset.
The last of our destinations on the one-day tour of Teruel will be the Fernando Hué Viaduct, also called the Old Viaduct. It was built in 1929 to link the old town of Teruel with the Ensanche area, being one of the most impressive works of engineering of the early 20th century.
It is a pedestrian viaduct from which you have very nice views and which runs parallel to the New Viaduct, along which vehicles also circulate.
With this tour you will already know the most important things to see in Teruel in one day. If you have more days, we recommend you to visit Dinópolis (you can even do both things on the same day) or go to Albarrácion or Mora de Rubielos.
You can find more information on the official Teruel tourism page.