The Roman aqueduct of Gea de Albarracín


The Albarracín mountain range keeps many secrets and one of them is your Roman aqueduct. A construction that goes back almost 2000 years and that supplied water to the town of Cella. With a length of 25 kilometers and passing through Gea de Albarracín, it is undoubtedly a great engineering work and that today is preserved in very good condition, being able to cover it almost completely.

The Roman aqueduct of Gea de Albarracín

The Roman aqueduct of Gea de Albarracín in Teruel

Gea de Albarracín is located in an excellent position to visit all the wonders of the Sierra de Albarracín. In fact, there we have part of the Roman aqueduct. Moreover, at the beginning of the town and coming from Teruel, there is a interpretation Center Where to get information from this.

The Roman aqueduct of Gea de Albarracín dates from the first century after Christ. Built through a network of tunnels that crosses the Albarracín mountain range, it served as a means to transport water between Albarracín and Cella. In fact it is assumed that the water was extracted from a water created near the castle of Santa Croche, drinking water from the Guadalaviar river.

Of the 25 kilometers built, 9km are through tunnels, which is the most interesting part of the entire aqueduct and the most visible in some situations, thanks to the windows created in the rock. Many of them seen from the road.

Nowadays numerous hiking trails have been created to cover different sections (8 in total), recommending doing some of them to give us an idea of ​​the power of the Romans. Walking 25km seems a bit long and especially monotonous, so taking a stretch is in most cases sufficient.

The sections open to the public are:

  • Section 1 - Azud of the Albergue de Albarracín (Albarracín)
  • Section 2 - Gallery of Mirrors (Albarracín)
  • Section 3 - Blue by Gea Albarracín (Gea de Albarracín)
  • Section 4 - Barranco de los Burros (Gea de Albarracín)
  • Section 5 - Cañada de Monterde and Las Hoyas
  • Section 6 - La Teería
  • Section 7 - The era of Cellas (Cella)
  • Section 8 - Cella town center (Cella)

Route through the canyon of the donkeys (Gea de Albarracín)

The route begins in Gea de Albarracín, at the other end of the town where the interpretation center is located. A route that is recommended to take at least 3 hours before dark if we want to see the illuminated canyon, although in summer the ideal thing would be to do it in the morning due to the high temperatures.

Touring the canyon of donkeys is simple and does not require a special physical condition or great skill. Still you have to be careful with the slips and the area of ​​the tunnels. In total it is a single kilometer with an almost minimal slope, so in 1 hour it can be traveled perfectly.

The Roman aqueduct of Gea de Albarracín

From the parking lot, where there are a couple of picnic tables, we walk the only way there is. A road wide enough for a car but for obvious reasons it is closed to vehicles.

The Roman aqueduct of Gea de Albarracín

Quickly the road narrows and we reach the base of what looks like a wall of a dam, nowadays empty of water, but useful in case of flooding. The dam is overcome by stairs and from there we are already surrounded by narrow walls where the windows that air the Roman aqueduct come out.

The Roman aqueduct of Gea de Albarracín

From here we continue along the narrow ravine looking on both sides of it until we reach the end. It is there that we will go up to the base of the aqueduct and have the opportunity to cross it on both the left and right sides. Both narrow tunnels, not very tall and several dark times. Bring Lantern yes or yes and be careful with blows to the head.

The Roman aqueduct of Gea de Albarracín

There is not much else and if the tunnels are a problem, there is an open-air section that can be traveled.

The Roman aqueduct of Gea de Albarracín

Practical data

How to get to the Sierra de Albarracín?

There is a daily bus from Teruel that leaves at 15:30. It is best to arrive in our own car and thus be able to visit the rest of the area that gives for several days.

Where does the donkey ravine route start from?

At the exit of Gea de Albarracín on the way to Albarracín, there is a dirt track attached to a wall that goes to the right vaguely marked. From there there are about 300 meters to reach a small parking lot where the route begins.

What to see in the Sierra de Albarracín?

We leave you 7 recommendations although the Albarracín mountain range gives for much more.

  • Larambla de Barrachina or Red Canyon of Teruel.
  • Pinares de Rodeno: perfect place to enjoy hiking trails such as Las Tajadas and numerous cave paintings.
  • Eyes of Cabriel: Birth of the Cabriel River.
  • Cascada del Molino de San Pedro in the Vallecillo.
  • Cascada del Molino de San Pedro in Calomarde.
  • Route of the canyon of the arches (Calomarde).

What to eat in the Sierra de Albarracín?

We cannot leave without trying the crumbs with grapes, the turolenses crumbs, as well as the famous Teruel ham

Where to sleep in Albarracín?

Albarracín has a very wide offer. We leave you a selection of recommended hotels.

  • Hotel Doña Blanca: located across the river, less than 5 minutes from the city center. Very well maintained rooms with parking.
  • Hotel Mesón del Gallo: good price with good location in the center of Albarracín.
  • Posada del Rodeno: excellent location. In front of the park and in the city center.
  • Los Palacios: right in the center, right next to the Palacios viewpoint and with an excellent terrace.