TERUEL LOVE STORY 1: Spanish Lovers Give Romeo & Juliet a Run for Their Money! »
There occurred in 1217 a dramatic event of a great love story in the Aragonese city of Teruel involving young lovers Isabel Segura and Diego Garces de Marcilla. She was rich. His family lost its fortune. Her father married her off to a rich and prominent man before Diego could lay his new-found wealth at her feet. Diego and Isabel died of broken hearts. Today Teruel holds an annual "Fiesta de Interes Turistico Nacional" to honor the ill-starred lovers.
A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “St. Valentine: Love & Death,” by H. August Debelius, 18 February 1966 »
St Valentine, the Love saint, is buried on the warm and romantic southern coast of Spain. Or so the librarian of the Cathedral of Almería claims. Moreover, long before St. Valentine´s body came to the sunny Spanish shores, Spain was the scene of one of the most passionate love affairs in history, that of "The Lovers of Teruel". Not that there's much solid evidence to support the legend. But the popularity of the medieval romantic tale just keeps on growing anyway.