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Jaen - Sierra de Cazorla

Between the Spanish heartland (Castile) and the Moorish part of Andalusia there is the province of Jaén, located on the former route of caravans of the Arabs. The buildings of the Renaissance-architect Andrés de Vandelvira, the beauty of its landscape and its excellent gastronomy convert this interior province into a small paradise far away from mass tourism.

Worth seeing besides Jaén, the capital of the province with its Renaissance cathedral, are Baeza and Úbeda, also towns with many Renaissance and Gothic. Close to these there is the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura und Las Villas, the largest Natural Park of the Iberian peninsula, where the Guadalquivir and the Segura rivers source. The most important village of the natural park is Cazorla, but also are worth visiting La Iruela, Hornos and Segura de la Sierra.

Itinerary
From the province capital Jaén to Baeza, Úbeda and Cazorla and finally reaching the Natural Park of Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas.

Distance
approx.200 kilometers / 130 miles, therefrom half of it inside the park. There are several possible excursions.

Jaén (Miles 0; 115,650 inhabitants)
The capital of the province. Worth seeing are the Arab Baths and the Renaissance Cathedral.

Baeza (Miles 28; 15,100 inhabitants) and
Úbeda (Miles 33; 33,350 inhabitants)
They are, apart from the capital, the most important populations of the province. Many Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

Cazorla (Miles 60; 8,150 inhabitants)
regional centre, situated between the castles La Yedra and Cinco Esquinas Ruins of the Santa María church and a fountain Fuente de las Cadenas. Town hall and the church of San Francisco from the 17th century.

La Iruela (Miles 62; 1,850 inhabitants)
on the highest point of the village (views!!) there are remains of an important castle. In the center of the village there is the Renaissance church Santa Domingo

Vadillo Castril (Miles 72;)
crossing of several highways. Excursion to the Parador Hotel (5 Miles), to the spring of the Guadalquivir river (approx. 13 Miles) or to the animal park Nava de San Pedro (10 Miles)

Torre de Vinagre (Miles 83; visitor’s and information centre)
on the main road of the natural park. Nearby there is a fishfarm (troutfarm)

Collado del Almendral (Miles 92)
animal park close to Bujaraiza, located on the southern edge of the water reservoir Tranco de Beas. Animal watching is possible.

Tranco (Miles 99;)
beautiful set on the highest point of the water reservoir Tranco de Beas in the middle of the Sierra de Segura

Hornos (Miles 109; 700 inhabitants)
picturesque village with the ruins of a Moorish castle. Good views of the water reservoir and over the Guadalquivir valley. Excursion to Santiago-Pontones (approx. 18 Miles) with the cueva del nacimiento (archaeological findings)

Segura de la Sierra (Miles 123; 1,950 inhabitants)
one of the most beautiful villages of the Sierra. Good views from the Mudéjar style castle to the Sierra de Segura and the Sierra Morena.

There are several ways of leaving the natural park.
In the north: La Puerta de Segura or Siles
In the west: Beas de Segura or Villanueva del Arzobispo
In the east: Santiago-Pontones


Andalucia routes

Route of Al - Idrisi
Route Betica - Romana
Route of Cabo de Gata
Route of the Califato
The classic mountain route
Jaen - Sierra de Cazorla
Region of Jerez de la Frontera
Route of Las Alpujarras
Sierra de Aracena

 

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