Know the environment
The quality and state of preservation of its many Renaissance buildings and the unique urban environment led this municipality in the province of Jaén to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 3, 2003.
Known as the ‘city of the hills’, it is located in the La Loma district (top producer of olive oil in the area), near the Sierra Mágina mountains. The essence of Úbeda lies in its magnificent Renaissance buildings and monuments, in its palaces, walls, monasteries, convents and stately homes. It is truly the jewel of the Andalusian Renaissance.
What to see
- Squares: San Lorenzo, 1st May, Townhall and Andalucia
- Chapel of El Salvador
- Vázquez de Molina Palace
- Santiago Hospital
- Agua Synagogue
- Concepción, San Pablo, San Miguel churches
- San Pedro, San Lorenzo, Santa María churches
- Archaeological Museum
- Santa Clara Convent
- Anguís Medinilla Palace
- Honrados Viejos Hospital
- Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower)
- Vela de los Cobos Palace
What to do
Baeza (8 km) is a short distance away and is also known for its beautiful cultural heritage. Must-see sights include the cathedral, San Felipe Neri Seminary, Jabalquinto Palace, the former university building, Santa Cruz Church, Church of El Salvador, Monastery of San Francisco and San Andrés Church. You can also visit Jaén, just 57 km away. If nature is what you’re in the mood for, don’t miss the guided tours of Cazorla Nature Reserve (70 km).
- Olivar y Aceite Interpretive Center, La Loma District
- Oleo Turismo en Jaen ‘Explore the World of Oil’ Discover how it is made
- Guided tour of the city of Úbeda
- Explore Úbeda in a unique way, by bike
Bike rental is available for €3/hour, for as long as you like. Bicycles can be returned at the Parador (in groups of two) of at the company offices just 500 meters away.