Albarracin

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The snow did arrive the next morning on cue, and was pretty persistent all morning, settling high up only, fortunately. Then it rained, but the sun soon followed, and the temperature crept up slowly from 1C to 4C. Overnight it was expected to reach a min of -2C, so we kept the heating on throughout.

We lost our Internet for about 8 hours during the day, which was a first, so reluctantly we had to speak to each other a bit more, as well as finally read those back copies of the Caravan & Motorhome Club magazine from when it wasn’t even called that. It was meant to be a day of catching up with our blog, but that required the Internet.

A friend had even emailed us saying they were having withdrawal symptoms because they hadn’t seen our latest update, and wanted to know where we were so that they could follow us on the map. Anyway, the Internet returned mid-evening and as a result it became very peaceful in the van.

The forecast sunny Sunday came to fruition and after an overdue laundry session, Sophie washes and I squeeze, we thought we’d see what Albarracin was all about. Great day parking for motorhomes, so a big tick there.

We bumped into another couple with an Autotrail the same age as ours in the carpark, so we had a quick chat before exploring.

The town is set at the top of a valley and is surrounded by great rock formations. It’s a bit of a hike but you’re in the town almost immediately and the scenery and medieval town is breathtaking. I’d rank it as one of the best Spanish towns I’ve visited.

The only downside was that it was busy, being a Sunday, which is more of a problem for our photographer who prefers empty streets for her shots. Also, the restaurants were a bit busy and noisy for us, which is a shame because Sophie had been tempted by the reviews of the restaurant Rincon del Chorro, where they’ve even been known to serve up hedgehog. That delicacy will just have to wait for another day.

We’d put off refuelling when in Teruel in an attempt to try and find a bargain, and a top-up was due before too long. This was where one of the most useful apps I have, maps.me, came to the fore. I zoomed in on the offline map and did a recce and found a CEPSA garage in Albarracin, so that was handy. I’ve since worked out that I can actually search for points of interest, such as fuel, on the app, without having to scour the map myself.

5 thoughts on “Albarracin

  1. Gorgeous place! I can see why you would rate it so highly! I feel the same about crowds when I want to photograph a place, although sometimes the people in a picture can tell a story too and adds atmosphere to a place.

    1. One of Michael’s favorites this trip, if not his favourite! I’d have liked it even more without the crowds! I agree though with your point that sometimes people can add something to a photo. I have had a good few examples of that this trip already where I’ve made something of the people being there instead of resenting them ‘being in the way’😉. I find people fascinating and would photograph people way more, but am always concerned about people’s reactions, be it irritation or offense or wanting payment even! It’s not always easy to take a photo without them noticing!😉

      1. It is market stall holders one must be careful with. I photographed someone in Provence a while back and if looks could kill I would be dead by now. Most other people don’t mind being in a photo or will try and make room for you.

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