Parador de Úbeda

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).

Expert's recommendation

  • Olivar y Aceite Interpretive Center, La Loma District
The interpretive center is located in Úbeda, on Corredera de San Fernando, a few minutes’ walk from the Parador. This multi-use space is designed for education, learning and enjoyment of all aspects of the culture associated with olive trees and extra virgin olive oil. The experience allows visitors to discover and explore this ancient culture and learn about the excellent qualities of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Oleo Turismo en Jaen ‘Explore the World of Oil’ Discover how it is made
The first olive-oil mill open to tourists in Jaén, Oleícola San Francisco in Begijar, 6 km from Baeza, offers you the opportunity to discover the secrets of olive oil. Learn about its history, tradition, and ancient and modern production techniques; visit the oil mill facilities and see the cleaning and olive classification area. End your visit with a tasting where you can sample some of the oils.
  • Guided tour of the city of Úbeda
Guided tours of the city of Úbeda depart daily from just outside the Parador. The tour visits the following sights: Holy Chapel of El Salvador, Palace of Deán Ortega, Palace of Francisco de los Cobos, Santo Tomás neighborhood, San Juan de la Cruz Monastery and Museum, San Pablo district, Archaeological Museum, San Pablo Church, 1º de Mayo Square, former town hall, Ayuntamiento Square, Vela de los Cobos Palace, Palace of Juan Vázquez de Molina, Santa María Church, Obispo Prison, Palace of the Marquis of Mancera, and more. (Information and reservations at the Parador reception desk.)
  • Explore Úbeda in a unique way, by bike
Monday–Saturday, 10:30–2:00 and 5:00–7:00; Sunday, 11:00–1:30, you can take a ride or tour on an electric and/or conventional bicycle. Enjoy this new service during your stay at the Parador through the company BICITUR. Travel Baeza’s bike lane as you explore the city and continue for a little over 8 km to Paseo de las Montalvas in Baeza. You can also follow a route through the historic town center of that town.
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.