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Maestrazgo Route

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  • View of Cantavieja © Turespaña

    View of Cantavieja © Turespaña

  • View of Castellote © Turespaña

    View of Castellote © Turespaña

  • Houses in Mirambel © Turespaña

    Houses in Mirambel © Turespaña

  • Arcades in Plaza Mayor square, Molinos © Turespaña

    Arcades in Plaza Mayor square, Molinos © Turespaña

  • Tronchón © Turespaña

    Tronchón © Turespaña

  • View of Villarluengo © Turespaña

    View of Villarluengo © Turespaña

  

A spectacle of light, colour and stone

One of the most standout areas in Aragon is located in a highly beautiful natural setting surrounded by plateaus, valleys and forests. The Maestrazgo owes its name to the masters of the military orders of the Temple and Saint John who shared the domain in the Middle Ages. The pure air, tranquillity and beautiful villages are an enticing invite to discover the region.
 

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This route runs over 200 kilometres in total, crossing splendid natural settings and small mediaeval villages on local and county roads. We can start in Molinos, the home of the Maestrazgo Cultural Park, which also houses the attractive Cristal Caves – a karst natural monument.
Next, 11 kilometres on, is Catellote, the first of the historical-artistic sites we will see on our trip around the Maestrazgo. The ruins of the Templar castle and the two museums round off the visit. The Santolea reservoir is located nearby, offering the chance to do some water sports.
In addition, if you love prehistory, Abenfigo in the municipality of Castellote offers the chance to see ancient fossilised dinosaur footprints (ichnites). Castellote is also home to the so-called ‘Stone Forest’, part of the Dinópolis museum complex and bringing together the traces of the dinosaurs in the province of Teruel.
After a 36-kilometre ride, we arrive at Tronchón. Highlights here include the civic architecture (town hall, Gothic towers), La Magdalena church, Tremedal shrine and the traditional Tronchón cheeses, which are quoted in Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote.
This is the heart of the Maestrazgo, a setting for epic battles in the Middle Ages between the Templar Knights and the Order of Malta, who took charge of these lands. Centuries later, the area was the setting for the raids of Carlist general Ramón Cabrera, the Tiger of the Maestrazgo. Legends and tales are still told of those wars today.
Around 38 kilometres from Tronchón is our next stop: the historical mediaeval spots of Mirambel, Cantavieja and La Iglesuela del Cid. Surrounded by ancient walls (Mirambel preserves the entire set, with five gates), the churches and Gothic and Renaissance ancestral homes lend a unique urban setting.
A further 26 kilometres along is Mosqueruela and just 16 kilometres after this is Puertomingalvo. These notable two heritage sites are located to the far south of the route. After this, we head to Valdelinares, with the highest Town Hall in Spain at 1,652 m and a ski resort located just a few kilometres on.
Continuing on, we head towards Villarroya de los Pinares, around 16 kilometres away, with its Gothic church of La Asunción dating to the 15th century. After this we arrive at Miravete de la Sierra to see the Gothic-Renaissance church of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves and the mediaeval bridge over the Guadalope River. You also have the chance to see more ichnites here.
In Fontanete, 13 kilometres away, the Renaissance town hall and Baroque church of La Purificación are highlights. We are now getting to the end of the route. The last two villages with great architectural and planning value are nearby: Villarluengo and Pitarque. They are located next to the natural area of the Pitarque River Canyon and the Órgnanos de Montoro rock formations. The Visitors Centre is located in Villarluengo.
The Pitarque River runs enclosed in this section of its course, giving rise to unique settings such as the Órganos de Montoro, a spectacular rocky outcrop with great scientific value.
 

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