Province of Teruel
Teruel is a province of Aragon, in the northeast of Spain. The capital is Teruel.
It is lined by the provinces of Castellón, Tarragona, Valencia, Cuenca, Zaragoza and Guadalajara.
The area of the province has a length of 14,809 km². It has a population of 138,686 people (2003), of whom about the 25% live in the capital city, and its population density is 9.36 people/km². It has 236 municipalities, of whom more than 50% are villages of less than 200 people.
Teruel Province has been through great depopulation since 1950. The exodus from the rural areas of mountains in Teruel rose up again after General Franco's Plan de Estabilización in 1959.
The population decreased again steeply as citizens emigrated towards the areas full of industries, of the big cities and the towns next to the coast where tourism grew amazingly, leaving back the small villages where the conditions of living were often difficult, with cold winters with lots of snow and very primary facilities. As a result there are various abandoned towns in different parts of the province.
A big number of surviving cities in Teruel province have only a small population, reviving during the summer, when city-dwellers spend their vacations there.
The Autonomous Community of Aragón is found on the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula .
To the north you'll find the Aragonese Pyrenees, to the east Catalonia and Valencia , the west Castilla- Leon, Navarra and La Rioja and the south Castile -La Mancha. The deep river Ebro runs through the region.
Its landscape has three very distinct areas : the high mountains of the Pyrenees and the valleys of the Ebro , which offer all kinds of sports: mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, fishing, hunting, mountainbiking, horseriding, golf ... And the province of Teruel with the Sierra de Albarracin is a different kind of countryside .
Aragon has 4 nationwide Parks and Biosfera de Ordeña Viñamala , engaging a wealth of interesting wildlife .
Countryside tourism is flourishing, and this region has a significant monumental heritage.
Take a trip to the countryside and visit the mountain resorts to exercise winter sports, or see first hand the fauna and flora which are untouched in these places. Ge to know customs, carnivals, folklore, and crafts in this extraordinary community.
Its cuisine is renowned for their use of raw materials and the authenticity of its traditional cuisine, with diverse dishes of meat and vegetables, and also their desserts and fine wines .
Aragon is still undiscovered by visitors, and therefore you will find fascinating surprises.