Beautiful, picturesque Albarracín!

Last year I started something new, I started rock climbing. It’s awesome and something I have wanted to do for quite some time. Now, I’m not going to write about climbing and I’m not posting climbing photos neither instead this post is about the pretty cool little town my new interest took me too. So last November I went with some friends to Albarracín in Spain for a week of climbing. Albarracín is a small town close to Teruel and more or less in the middle between Madrid and Valencia. It’s the former capital of a Moorish kingdom (Taifa) and it has preserved its entire Islamic and mediaeval flavor which makes it a very special place. Going for a walk in Albarracín is like going back in time. Its steep, narrow, cobbled streets and small picturesque houses is just screaming photograph me, photograph me!! I didn’t take as many photos I would have liked to because we spent most time climbing and the weather was in general pretty bad (so not much photos climbing neither) but we managed to squeeze in a quick walk and all I can say is that I would have loved to have more time and better weather and explore every little alleyway (and there were plenty of them).

Streets of Albarracín

Houses of Albarracín, Spain

Plaza Mayor in Albarracín, Spain

Curch in Albarracín, Spain

The week of climbing was great despite the weather. My body and especially my fingers took a beating but it was definitely worth it! I had planned to do some action climbing photography and portraits but in the end this (see below) was more or less the only photo I took of the climbing. It’s only a test shot we did while testing some stuff for setting up for “the real shoot” later. “Later” never happened because we got busy climbing and the weather turned for the worse. Don’t wait for “later” when you can do it “now”!! Lesson learned…

Bouldering in Albarracín, Sapin

For information on climbing in Albarracín check out www.climb-europe.com/RockClimbingSpain/Albarracin.html

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