Discovering the province of Jaén with Paradores

Are you an Andalusia lover wanting to explore to the fullest every corner of this stunning southern región? Then keep reading and get inspired to visit the amazing and varied province of Jaén, the land where you will find millions of olives and 3 amazing Paradores Luxury hotels.

Jaén, is the biggest producer of olive oil in Spain and in the world. With more than 550.000 hectares of olive groves and millions of olives, it produces by its own more olive oil than what it’s made in Italy. As a land of contrasts, you will find everything from steep hills with wild vegetation to olive groves and abundance of water sources, which with the rural landscapes make Jaén a paradise for nature and rural environment lovers.

Are you ready to discover it? Here is a route through the province of Jaén that you can do to discover the land of olives. Take your time, plan your trip and enjoy your holidays at the Paradores that we make available for you.

 

Parador de Jaén

Parador de Jaén

 

Jaén

We will start in Jaén, capital of the province with the same name. In here, the Parador de Jaén, which stands high above the city atop Santa Catalina Hill, will provide you incredible panoramic views of the city and will allow you to easily get to the old quarter of the city and explore it.

The Barrio Antiguo (old quarter) of Jaén is just stunning. While strolling through the streets you will discover the amazing cultural and historical heritage of this city. The Cathedral, a main piece of the Spanish renaissance, the Arab baths, the Museo provincial, the many churches and the Castle of Santa Catalina, from where you will be able to to admire the historic landscape, are the essential places that you have to visit on your trip in Jaén. 

After Jaén, we will go to Úbeda en Baeza, two villages that are nearby to each other and only 60km away from the enchanting city of Jaén. To get from Jaén to Baeza, it takes a short 50-minutes’ drive through the highway A-316.

 

 Parador de Jaén

Parador de Jaén 

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Ubeda y Baeza

Jaén counts with an impressive civil and religious heritage from the renaissance, with the towns of Úbeda and Baeza as world heritage declared by the UNESCO.  Surrounded by olive groves and next to the Guadalquivir river, these two cities will take you back in time.

Úbeda is well known for the architecture and the renaissance essence, just as you will see in our Parador de Úbeda located in a 16th-century palace on Renaissance style at the Vázquez de Molina square in the old quarter. The square in which the Parador is located is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe, with an open concept in which you will find the most important monuments of the renaissance, such as the Chapel, the Church of Santa María de los Reales Alcázares and the Palacio of Juan Vázquez de Molina.

10 kilometers away from Úbeda and the Parador, you will find the charming town of Baeza. After entering through the Puerta de Úbeda, an old town of narrow streets filled with history and renaissance-style architecture appears in front of your eyes, inviting you to explore each corner of the town. The Santa María square where the Cathedral is located, the Romanic church of Santa Cruz, the town hall, the Palace of Jabalquinto and its garden and the square del Pópulo are just some of the many monuments and things to see in Baeza, the town of history.

From Úbeda we will head to Cazorla, the regional center located between two castles. Cazorla remains approximately 75km away from Úbeda and the trip has a duration of little less than two hours. But we have to say, the ride is worth it.

 

Parador de Úbeda

Parador de Úbeda

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Cazorla

After checking in in the Parador de Cazorla, located in the heart of the Parque Natural Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas, the first thing that we recommend you to do is stop and get immersed in the peace and the tranquility of the natural setting.

As it is expected, after a couple of days of intense tourism in Jaén, Baeza and Úbeda, you will be craving for some peace and relax, and what better place to find it that in the Parador de Cazorla. In here, the sound of the birds will be the only thing that interrupt your relaxation time in the pool and the natural surroundings of our Parador. 

Besides the relaxation part, there are plenty of things to do while in Cazorla. Hiking or mountain biking in the surroundings of the Parador will allow you to connect with the nature, and also visiting the Yedra Castle and the town of Cazorla will give you a peak of what’s living in this  natural spot.

The town of Cazorla is 20km away from the Parador and the easiest way to get there is by taking a ride of 45-minutes approximately through the roads JF-7094 and JF-7091.

 

Parador de Cazorla

Parador de Cazorla

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What are you waiting for to take this amazing tour through the province of Jaén? Dont hesitate and come discover the land of olive by staying in the luxury Paradores hotels.