Nasrid route

Following in the footsteps of the last dynasty of the Granada kingdom, savour the beauty of Cazorla, the charm of Úbeda and the Almoravid print of Jaén.

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
We begin in the province of Jaén, in the borderlands of the former kingdom of Granada. The Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park, declared a Biosphere Reserve, is like an oasis that breaks with the monotonous landscape surrounding the olive groves. Visiting places such as the Torre del Vinagre Interpretation Centre, the Iruela Castle or the Collado del Almendral Hunting Park is something you should not miss when visiting this beautiful mountain range. In Cazorla, within its attractive old town, it is interesting to visit the Museum of Arts and Customs of the Alto Guadalquivir in the Yedra Castle. In this hunting paradise, you must taste game dishes, authentic specialities from the Parador, which is a heaven of peace in the heart of nature. From there you can visit the source of the Guadalquivir river, find ancient yews and vulture colonies, enter the Cave of Water or the Roman remains of the nearby town of Peal de Becerro; and, of course, visit the town of Cazorla and its beautiful Castillo de la Yedra, which beautifies the landscape of clustered houses at the beginning of the great mountain range. Cazorla offers active tourism with routes and excursions on foot, horseback, by bike, on off-road vehicles or even rafting down through the river.
Day 2
Monday.
Less than 50 km away you will find our second destination: Úbeda, which together with neighbouring Baeza, both declared World Heritage Sites, gathers one of the most interesting Renaissance legacies in the country. In the Arab era, Úbeda gained importance and became a population centre. Abd ar-Rahman II founded the town of Ubbadat al-Arab. In 852, it was walled and, during the 11th and 12th centuries, it was successively conquered by Almoravids and Almohads. However, Úbeda stands out above all for being the jewel of the Andalusian Renaissance, highlighting the Sacred Chapel of San Salvador and the hospital of Santiago, the palace of Las Cadenas and the church of Santa María de los Reales Alcázares. Apart from these buildings, it is interesting to visit the unique Synagogue of Water to learn first-hand how the Jewish communities that were settled in Úbeda lived. A rich heritage before which the traveller feels to be in an Italian city, but with the folklore, the ancient crafts, the cuisine and the joy of Andalusia. It is located in the main olive oil-producing region and is the ideal place to get closer to and deepen this ancient culture and learn about the benefits of extra virgin olive oil, get to know the Olive Tree and Olive Oil Interpretation Centre or go oil tourism by visiting a mill.
Day 3
Tuesday.
The final destination of the route is the capital city of Jaén. Almoravids incorporated Jaén into their Empire in 1091 and Almohads won it over in 1148 until its later reconquest, a hundred years later, by Fernando III of Castille. From the Moorish heritage, the Arab baths should be highlighted, the biggest and most important in Europe, built in the same grounds of the Villardompardo Palace. The Old District preserves the remains of what was once a spectacular city with many attractive churches and palaces. The Nuestra Señora de la Asunción cathedral, the Regional Museum of Fine Arts or the San Lorenzo arch, declared National Monument, are places worth a visit. The Parador de Jaén, recently reopened after extensive renovation works, overlooks the city from the top of the Santa Catalina hill with amazing panoramic views. It can be your starting point for the Route of the Castles and the Battles, which connects some of the best examples of the medieval defensive architecture, marked by the milestones that represent the important battles fought in the area. And as in Jaén having tapas is like a true religion, you can’t leave the city without trying its generous and delicious free tapas with some good olive oil. Do you feel like having some pipirrana?