The city of Jaén lies in south-central Spain. Surrounded by pretty rolling hills full of olive groves. These groves give the city it’s proud title as the World Capital of Olive Oil.
Backing these picturesque hills are the Santa Catalina mountains. These pretty mountains attract many adventurers and nature enthusiasts. Jaén is the industrial centre of it’s province. Aside from its olive oil production, there are textile factories and alcohol distilleries. These services contribute to the thriving economy of this part of Spain.
Saint Catalina Castle, Jaén
Although not on the tourist trail, the city and surrounding countryside has much to offer visitors. Dominating Jaén’s skyline is it’s huge cathedral. This is a beautiful example of renaissance architecture. Designed by the famous Andrés de Vandelvira. Another place worthy of a visit is Saint Catalina Castle. Built on the ruins of an Arabic fortress, the castle sits on a hill overlooking the city.
There are several interesting churches and museums in Jaén. When visiting Villardompardo Palace, be sure to venture below the palace to see the Arab Baths. These are the largest preserved baths in the country. The Arab baths are also an important remnant of thr Moorish era.
Hungry visitors to the city needn’t spend a cent on food. This is achieved by treating yourself to a bit of a tapas tour. Due to it not being very touristy, Jaén has plenty of traditional tapas bars. By traditional, we mean a tapas bar that serves a ‘free’ tapas with every drink order. So, by enjoying a drink in a few bars you can fill your tummy for free. Be sure to try the delicious black sausage filled and paprika coated rolls.
Mountains and Natural Park
Substituting the sea for the mountains and Jaén will not disappoint. The city is home to some of the most spectacular natural parks and mountain ranges in Spain. These provide an adventure playground with countless hiking trails. There are also climbing routes with pretty flora and fauna..