Jaen is the province with the mayor number of protected natural areas in Spain and is famous for its olive oil. Being in the past a hub for Arab caravans, its importance as a strong point on the Castilian-Muslim frontier during the Re-conquest and its current dedication to producing olive oil make it a must for visitors.
The oldest part of Jaen is dominated by the Arab fortress that stands on the hill of Santa Catalina. From this height you can enjoy one of the best views of the city and the Guadalquivir valley. Santa Catalina Castle currently houses the Parador de Turismo, one of the best ways to spend the night during our visit.
Further downhill are situated the historic districts of this Andalucian city, placed around the church of La Magdalena, San Juan and San Ildefonso. But the centerpiece of the historic Jaen is the Cathedral. A monumental XVI century Renaissance building, which contrasts with the popular white houses surrounding it.
The streets surrounding the cathedral are the best to learn more about the cuisine of the area.
The most modern part of town has as key points the plazas of San Francisco, of the Constitution and de Las Batallas. Wide avenues lead us to the Victoria Park and the Provincial Museum, which contains one of the largest collections of Iberian art in Spain. It also has Roman and Arabic pieces and paintings of the last three centuries.
The province invites you to discover its fantastic castles and natural parks, hence hiring a car at Malaga airport is the best way to discover this unknown interior province with its great wealth.