It listens, Montalbán, Utrillas
“and that everything is put there while it holds the coal and that the day that this one is run out, the ruins will return to become owners of the landscape”
It takes our trip in Saragossa, from the old Station of Utrillas on the street Miguel Servet. We will leave the city by the highway of Castellón. To the few kilometers we will take the deflection towards Valmadrid. After crossing the Imperial Channel of Aragon and the route of Saragossa-Barcelona railroad, and back leaving several polygons, “the mount of rosemary and thyme its reign begins that will last the way throughout”. Surrounded by a “phantasmagoric and unreal landscape” we will raise the port smoothly. The inhospitable steppe is today a natural space protected and zone of special protection for the birds.
Small tower of Valmadrid is the first locality with which we will be. Where the track of the old one via of the railroad is guessed between the plots. Valmadrid gives the welcome us to the Region of Belchite. Here an old Square of Switchman is witness still of a past time. Valmadrid counts in its proximities with the “shipwrecked rest of the great pine that, in times, had to cross all these places”. We will lead until reaching the stop of the Port of Valdescalera where we will have to stop to contemplate the extraordinary salpetrous earth landscape “white”. An ample horizon in which it emphasizes, to far, the silhouette and the smoke of the Thermal one of Andorra.
We will descend accompanied from a terrible dryness until the Puebla de Albortón. In this lunar landscape José Antonio stops itself to meditate on its people, the emigration and its history. To little kilometers the route of the railroad returns to cross and in the environs we will find the station of Azuara, that left of its primitive use, serves today as paridera for the cattle. When arriving at the crossing with the A-220 highway the traveller can take the option to go to Fuendetodos, birthplace of Francisco de Goya where he will be able to visit his native house and the Museum of the Engraving.
In opposite direction we followed the route drawn up towards Belchite. Before it waits the Monastery to us of the Virgin of the Pueyo, “a sanctuary – of plan orientalelevado on a knoll”, in which it emphasizes its Mudejar tower. A deflection to the left will allow us to surround its perimeter and to stop to contemplate “to the sober landscape that surrounds it and in its ingenuous baroque interior and a shattering one to us”. Back from the highway we will walk in parallel to the rest of the railroad and soon the olive trees announce to us that it is close Belchite. We will cross the new town until giving us with the Arc of Villa, one of the front doors to the Old Town of Belchite.
After her the rest than Mudejar Aragonese was a beautiful gothic town, scene of one of the most bloody battles of the Civil War. The ruins of the churches of San Agustín and San Martín de Tours, the one of the Convent of San Rafael and the Tower.
Route of 2.7 km that unites Utrillas with the old coal laundry. Drawing up of the railroad turned into green route follows the old one today. He is ideal for the hiking and the BTT. It crosses two small tunnels and it has several points of interest as the old factory of M.F.U., the old cemetery or a watchtower of the s. XIV.
Thematic park of the Mining of Utrillas
Located in the Well Santa Barbara, she was one of the most emblematic operations of the Society Mines and Railroad of Utrillas (M.F.U.) nailed in the mine “the Orphan”. It closed in 1981. Today a musealizado tourist route allows you to know the duro work the mine.
Church of Santiago de Montalbán
Gothic-Mudejar temple of unique ship, with lateral chapels and apse of seven sides. It was constructed during centuries XIII and XIV, first in stone to sillar - gothic style concluding the factory in brick and ceramics of Mudejar style. Cobra structural interest the tower, formed by main and a back-to-back secondary tower. The part Mudejar superior owns a walker, conferring to the construction a noticeable military character.
Mining museum of Listening
The museum is a real lignite mine. The galleries conform several itineraries that will be able to cross the tourists with the Individual protective equipment of the miners, entering themselves inside the mine, which turns the visit into an unforgettable experience.