After the Reconquista, James I gave this town to his son James of Jérica, in 1269, who made it part of the Lordship of Jérica. In 1364, King Peter IV the Ceremonious gave the place to Don Juan Alfonso of Jérica. In 1372 the king gave it away once more, this time to the Infante Don Martín. In 1417 Don Alfonso V the Magnanimous gave Las Barracas to Don Juan of Navarra, who sold it, alongside the Lordship of Jérica, to Don Fransciso Zazuela, for 24,000 florins. In 1564, Las Barracas is decreed a Royal Heritage Site by the Supreme Royal Court of the Council of Aragon.
Economy75% in the services sector, 20% agriculture, 5% livestock. Barracas is one of the largest service areas along the N-234 and in the province of Valencia, and the majority of the population makes its living in the services sector. The steel construction industry is also thriving.
What to seeThe town is located by the ancient royal road from Aragón to Valencia. Sights include the San Pedro Apóstol church, the San Pedro fountain, from 1576, the San Roque hermitage and the cemetery, with its vaulted arches.
LandscapeSituated on a plateau at an altitude of 981 m, part of the foothills of the Iberian mountains, between the Sierra de Pina de Montalgrao and the Sierra de Javalambre mountain ranges. Its boundaries are: to the north, El Toro; to the east, Pina de Montalgrao; to the west, El Toro; and to the south, Viver and Torás. The climate is continental. It has a harsh winter, with heavy snowfall in December and January and prevailing north and western winds.