Jaén is the capital of the inner paradise. Located at the foot of the Santa Catalina hill, where the castle of the same name stands, the city is home to the most dazzling Renaissance Cathedral in Spain, the work of the architect Andrés de Vandelvira.
Popular streets and squares lead to the best-preserved Arab Baths in the country. The neighborhoods that stretch around it are the heritage of Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures.
Úbeda, a monumental city and World Heritage by UNESCO, offers plenty of reasons to be visited (art, culture, history, landscape, gastronomy …).
All the more because of the fact that the death of Saint John of the Cross occurred here, when he was brought in to cure himself of some “fever” and because it is the hometown of the Planeta and Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras Awards, Antonio Muñoz Molina .
Baeza, a UNESCO World Heritage city, is known worldwide thanks to its splendid Renaissance monumental complex and the network of alleys in the Old Town.
This setting gives Baeza a special charm that dazzled many historical figures, and makes it one of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia.
Arjona is the birthplace of Juan Eslava Galán. Located in a landscape populated with olive trees and on a hill almost 500 meters high, it makes it visible from different points of the province. Arjona presents itself as “the balcony of the Giennense countryside” or as Juan Eslava Galán describes it:
Beas de Segura
Beas de Segura is located at the gates of the Sierra de Segura, within the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas Natural Park.
This attractive town and its nature are embedded between seas of olive trees and rocky foothills, with its winding streets – a memory of its Muslim past – and manor houses.
Quesada is located about 100 km from the capital of Jaén, at the southern end of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park, where the Guadalquivir is born, as the municipality’s slogan wields.
An excellent way to get to know one of the most beautiful and historic towns in this Natural Park is to follow in the footsteps of two illustrious poets: Antonio Machado and Miguel Hernández.
Segura de la Sierra
This municipality, located in the heart of the Segura Region, within the Natural Park of Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, is declared one of the “most beautiful towns in Spain”, Picturesque Site and Historic and Artistic Complex, and it could have been the birthplace of the warrior poet, since his father was Commander of Segura de la Sierra, the most important of the Order of Santiago. In fact, the house of Jorge Manrique’s family is still preserved.
Segura de la Sierra pays tribute to the poet not only by marking the Manrique family house, but has also built part of its tourist offer around Jorge Manrique, dedicating several rooms of the castle to spaces of interpretation of both the poet and the Order of Santiago.
Chiclana de Segura
The municipality of Chiclana de Segura is located in the east of the Condado region, in the anteroom of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park.
Located at more than 800 meters of altitude on a steep hill that defies an impossible geography, its viewpoints offer one of the most spectacular views of the entire province, covering up to four different provinces.
Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir, the ancient Isturgi of Iberians and Romans is an essential landmark in the geography and history of the province of Jaén.
It has a splendid Historic Center declared of Cultural Interest, but also with the Sierra de Andújar Natural Park, one of the largest patches of Mediterranean forest on the Peninsula and which is home to highly threatened species such as the lynx, the wolf and the imperial eagle, which has one of its last settlements in these mountains.
Lopera, the westernmost town in the province, is located about 53 km from the capital of Jaén, in the lower Guadalquivir countryside.
This municipality of rolling hills, typical of the olive-growing countryside, has a rich monumental heritage where the Castle stands out, built by the Order of Calatrava and declared a Historical Monument.