Jaén in 48 hours

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If you spend a day in Jaén you will be extremely amazed. To start with, we recommend you have a good breakfast, which is perfect for an energetic start to a busy morning of sightseeing. We will be visiting the Arab Baths and the Cathedral until midday, and then we can have a rest. We will be spending the afternoon visiting the Museum and Santa Catalina’s Castle. It is only a suggestion, you can of course imagine your own perfect trip and create your own personal route. 

 

You can also ask the various tourist and cultural management companies for information:

-Guías Oficiales de Jaén

-Claritas experiencias turísticas y culturales

-Seturja S. L.

-Semerturismo

-Visitas teatralizadas Baraka Project

 

SEIZE THE DAY!  ARE 24 HOURS ENOUGH?

WE PROPOSE YOU SPEND 48 HOURS INSTEAD!

FIRST DAY:

  • 9:30-10:00h.-Breakfast: extra virgin olive oil on a toasted baguette, with a topping of your choice.
  • 10:00-10:30h.-Go to the tourist office and ask for information about a complete visit around the city.
  • 10:30-11:30h.- Begin by visiting the Cathedral, the sacristy, the chapter house and the museum.
  • 11:45-12:00 h.-Visit San Ildefonso Minor Basilica, the most important church of the city.
  • 12:15-12:45h.-Visit the Mudejar Room located in the Constable Iranzo’s palace and Santiago Civil War Shelter.
  • 13:00-14:00.-Enjoy the Historical Centre and its gastronomy, tasting the popular tapas.
  • 14:30-16:30h.-Lunch. Taste our typical dishes.
  • 17:00-18:00h.-Visit the palace of Villadompardo, Arabic Baths and the Museum.
  • 18:30-19:00h.- Visit San Bartolomé Church.
  • 19:00-21:00h.-Have a rest.
  • 21:00h.-We recommend you see a performance, taste our typical tapas, have dinner and then have a drink in San Ildefonso Quarter, Pósito or Dean Mazas Square.

SECOND DAY:

  • 8:00-9:15h.-Visit Santa Catalina Castle. If you love walking and hiking you can go on foot to Santa Catalina Castle through the Merced Quarter.
  • 9:30-10:00h.-Breakfast at the Parador.
  • 10:00-11:00h.- Visit Santa Catalina Castle’s Interpretation Centre.
  • 11:00-11:30h.- Enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the Cross.
  • 11:30-12:15h.-Descend through the Historical Centre to arrive to San Juan Quarter.
  • 12:30.-Have a rest in San Juan Square. Then walk down to San Andres Street and reach Las Batallas square, from there you can walk to Jaen’s Museum.
  • 13:30-14:30.-Visit Jaen’s Museum, it lodges one of the most important Iberian Art Collections in Spain.
  • 14:30. Have a rest, enjoy a good meal or some tapas in Pastiras’ square or walk down Paseo de la Estación to the Boulevard.

 

FIRST DAY (SATURDAY):

We can start our sightseeing tour in the traditional centre of Jaén, in Constitution Square; here there is a public parking lot. From the square we can walk to the Cathedral, crossing Pósito Square and La Carrera, passing by the Deputation Palace. After visiting the Cathedral, we can continue along Maestra Street towards Constable Lucas of Iranzo’s Palace where we find the Mudejar Room that is well worth a visit. Then, we will reach Santiago Square where we can visit Santiago’s Civil War Shelter. After that, we can walk down Martinez de Molina Street which leads to the heart of the Historical Centre. One of the must-see historical places of interest is San Andres Chapel, which was thought to be a synagogue in the past and is located in the heart of the Juderia (Jewish quarter.) We will also visit Villadompardo’s palace where we can find the largest Arabic Baths in Spain.

We recommend a brief visit to Magdalena’s Church, which was built on the site of an old mosque and some of the ruins have been preserved. We can also visit Magdalena’s spring, which was once Jaen’s Lizard’s hideout. From Magdalena Square we will go back to San Juan and San Pedro Churches and admire the old Concejo tower. We will cross Almendro’s Aguilar Street where we can discover San Lorenzo’s Arch, which was built in 13th century and has a special medieval charm; the Arch here leads us to Merced Square. From there, we can walk along Condestable little Square and Obispo Street arriving to Santa Maria Square, so we are again close to the Cathedral. Now is the perfect moment to eat tapas in Consuelo’s Arch Tascas. We can have lunch in any of the different bars and restaurants that we can find in the Cathedral Area or in San Ildefonso’s quarter. We suggest a leisurely walk in La Alameda Park, one of the most romantic parks of the city.

We will devote our afternoon visiting contemporary Jaén. Walking down Paseo de la Estación Street and Batallas square we will come to the Provincial Museum that lodges the most important archaeological remains of Iberian art. This avenue also leads to the Bulevard Parks, the largest green areas of the city; the parks are surrounded by lots of restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy the end of the day.

Close to the parks we can find Banco de España’s drinking area, perfect for revellers. If you prefer a bohemian atmosphere you will find it in Dean Mazas and Pósito Square.

 

SECOND DAY: SUNDAY

Today we recommend visiting the city combining both cultural and natural tourism, so the best option is to visit Santa Catalina’s Castle. You can get there by car or on foot, walking through the path which climbs the northern slope, from the ring road of the city. It is a nice ramble between pines that crosses the Almohad Wall that ends at the National Parador’s access road. At the Parador we can have a breakfast in a medieval atmosphere, and then visit Santa Catalina’s Castle which lodges the interesting Historical Interpretation centre.

Close to the Centre, on the top of the hill there is a large cross which is a great viewpoint to see the city. We can descend on a pathway close to the road that goes from the southern hill to the ring road. This road leads to Jabalcuz’s place which is also worth a visit. There we can admire the ruins of an old summer resort and a precious garden which was designed in 1925 by Cecilio Rodriguez, the engineer of La Rosaleda of Retiro’s Park in Madrid, a unique recreation and rest area. The mountainous landscape will surprise the traveller. Back to the city we can enjoy nice panoramic views of Jaen from the Seminar Park. The best way to say goodbye to the city is to have tapas in Los Escuderos or San Ildefonso quarter.