The capital of the province with the largest number of protected areas in Spain
is in a landscape surrounded by olive trees. Its origin as a centre for Arab caravans, its importance as a strongpoint on the Castilian-Muslim frontier during the Reconquest and its current dedication to producing olive oil make it a must for visitors.
The oldest part of Jaén is dominated by the Arab fortress that stands on Santa Catalina
hill. From this height you can enjoy one of the best views of the city and the Guadalquivir
valley. The Castle of Santa Catalina currently houses the Parador de Turismo, one of the best options for staying the night during your visit.
At its feet, the oldest districts of the Andalusian city unfold, spread around the churches of La Magdalena, San Juan
and San Ildefonso. But the core of this historic quarter is Santa Iglesia Cathedral. It is a monumental Renaissance building from the 16th century, which contrasts with the popular-style white houses surrounding it. As well as the main façade, the chapter house, the main chapel, the choir and the sacristy make good examples of the art of this period.