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Pinturas Rupestres Albarracin

Albarracin, Spain
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Pinturas Rupestres Albarracin
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Miyako T wrote a review Oct 2016
Oliva, Spain52 contributions27 helpful votes
Go back in time to when saber toothed tigers roamed the woods and hated humans. Impressive and totally worth the short drive from Albarracin.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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przemyslawc2016 wrote a review Jan 2016
Birmingham, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
This was recommended by the lady in the tourist office and was worthwhile going. It's a 10 min drive. Slightly confused by the sign positing of various routes but nevertheless we got to see impressive paintings and views. Highly recommended for everyone, especially history lovers and... rock climbers :)
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Date of experience: January 2016
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learningitalianat50 wrote a review Jul 2013
Australian in rural Victoria141 contributions158 helpful votes
We found out about these prehistoric rock paintings from the helpful lady in the Albarracin information office, on the edge of the village, on the road from Teruel. Try to get a map, or good directions. It is possible to do a half day walk to the paintings, or to drive part of the way, and then walk for 2 hours or so. Either way, the walking is easy, though the directions on the walk are not always clear. Get a map or directions from the tourist office. If you choose to do the longer walk from Albarracin, it is part of the GR10. Take the road past the information office heading to Teruel and immediately cross the river. Follow this road past the large car park on the left near the river, and continue until you reach an intersection where the road heads straight ahead to a new building site. Take the exit to the right heading slightly up hill to Bezas, the Carretera a Albarracin (this is the road you will also take if you don't want to do the longer walk). A very short way along this road, there is a sign for the GR10 on the left hand side of the road, along a dirt track. Take this track along the valley, through the red rocky gorge and cliffs. The valley eventually becomes narrower and wilder, with huge craggy cliffs and a wonderful pine forest. After about an hour, you will reach the first rock shelter with two rock paintings, hard to see. About 10-15 minutes further along, you will come to a sign for a lookout (mirador). It is worth going up the steps for the excellent view, about 2 minutes. If you are driving: Continue driving past the sign to GR10 walk mentioned above until you pass a sign further along the road to Bezas, on the left for a viewpoint down into the gorge, about 5 k out of Albarracin - quite scenic, then continue until you see a sign for a large car park at the mirador, another 5 mins. You will park at the top of the cliff near the view point mentioned in the description of the walk, and join the path there (You have a choice here to either go back down the gorge to see the first paintings mentioned above, or join the walk as described from here). After viewing the mirador, return to the path in the gorge and continue up the gorge. It becomes a bit steeper here as you climb through more pine forest. After about 15 minutes, you will come to a natural amphitheatre with forest and rocks surrounding a large area sown with grass. You may notice that some of the pines have been tapped for their resin. Follow the broad rocky/sandy road around the edge of the grassed area, keeping the grass on your left hand side, until you reach signs for the paintings, off to the right. Here you will find several rock shelters among the tumbled boulders, overhangs and beautiful pines. Take your time to explore and be patient with looking for the paintings as some are quite badly worn, but nevertheless it is worthwhile persevering. The difference in styles between the paintings is really quite amazing. Take a picnic and enjoy the peace among the boulders as the landscape is quite special. Walk back to Albarracin by retracing your steps, or back to your car at the mirador. If driving, continue on the road to Bezas for a short distance, where you will find further paintings and a picnic area. We didn't have time to visit these later paintings. From memory, there were another two or three separate sites for rock art along this road, which eventually lead to Teruel. The countryside here is of the same red/pink rock with pine forest throughout. Wonderful scenery and interesting art. Wish we had more time to visit more of the rock art.
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Date of experience: May 2013
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DevonDelight wrote a review Aug 2012
North Devon Westcountry England86 contributions93 helpful votes
Once we understood where to park, and then follow the trails, it was a fabulous few hours, the trail/pathway is well signposted and very easy to follow. Beautiful location amongst the pine trees, really tranquil and lovely. A beautiful walk in itself. It is also worth driving around nearby and quite quiet and lovely scenery.
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Date of experience: August 2012
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