If you want to visit the Maestrazgo region this Easter, here are 5 plans that you can do during these holidays and during the long weekends in April:
Reminisce history by visiting the Tronchón hospital.
Visit the new exhibition of the Hospitalico de Tronchón which has a large number and variety of pieces in an exceptional state of preservation, located in the same building that was the hospital.
The old hospital for the poor of Tronchón, known as “El Hospitalico“, closed before the Civil War, at the end of the 1920s. It remained in disuse until it was renovated in 1995. It had a valuable trousseau distributed in three chests with different textiles such as blankets or linen shirts, as well as an important set of tableware. Several stretchers, spittoons, urinals and a bathtub, among other things, had also been preserved in good condition.
If you want to know more, visit the website of Maestrazgo Virtual Museum.
Do you prefer to take advantage of these days to connect with nature? To do so, we suggest you to follow the route of the Guadalope river path, recently inaugurated.
For those who love the rugged and broken landscapes of the mountains of Teruel, this attractive route is a good option to disconnect from the routine surrounded by nature. The trail runs along the banks and canyons of the Guadalope River, connecting the mining district of Santa Barbara (Aliaga) with Montoro de Mezquita and the Órganos de Montoro (Villarluengo), crossing the straits of the river by footbridges.
Not suitable for people with vertigo and in poor shape.
All the necessary information to walk this trail can be found in this link.
At the time of the dinosaurs
In the Maestrazgo region there are still remains of past life in the form of cave paintings and dinosaur footprints. In Abenfigo and Miravete you can find deposits of ichnites declared of Cultural Interest. So, if you are a paleontology lover, you can’t miss them.
In addition, you can’t miss a visit to the Stony Forest of Castellote which is part of the Dinópolis paleontological complex, where you can see how dinosaurs and mammals lived together in Castellote more than 125 years ago.
Experiences in Villarroya de los Pinares
If you prefer to take advantage of your vacation days with different activities, Maestrazgo offers you a variety of options. For these special dates, some of the experiences we recommend are in Villarroya de los Pinares.
Looking for a family plan? Get ready to be a shepherd for a day where the little ones can enjoy themselves surrounded by animals and nature. If what you prefer is to bring out your artistic vein, create your own clay piece at the Villa-Rubei pottery workshop. On the other hand, if what you are looking for is to disconnect your mind to connect with nature and your inner self, activate your five senses during a forest bath. This activity can be enjoyed both in Villarroya and Castellote.
Pilgrimage of San Marcos in Villarluengo
If you still want to know more about Maestrazgo, you can join the locals in some of their festivals and traditions. festivals and traditions that they celebrate during this month.
At Villarluengo do not miss their appointment with San Pedro de la Roqueta. This celebration is popularly known as the pilgrimage of San Marcos. It used to take place every April 25, although for some time now, the neighbors have moved it to the following Saturday.
The day before, the flag, cross and staff are auctioned among the brothers. At 9 a.m. the next day, the bells announce the beginning of the pilgrimage and the brothers leave the square towards the hermitage of San Pedro, in Montoro, making several stops along the way, as it is demanding. In the chapel a mass is celebrated in honor of the saint and, after this, the traditional meal of beans with rice that the brotherhood distributes among all attendees takes place.
Around 4:00 p.m. the return to Villarluengo begins, also making several stops, among them, at the hermitage of San Cristóbal. At nightfall, the villagers arrive with candles to the village, making a first stop at the cemetery and the last one at the church. This is filled with hundreds of candles leaving a beautiful picture that ends this exciting pilgrimage.
In this link you have everything you need to organise your trip this Easter. Escape to Maestrazgo!