Jaén: The Complete Guide
Set amid vast olive groves, Jaén is certainly one of southern Spain’s most attractive cities. Apart from its olive oil production, known by locals as liquid gold, it is known for incredible fortresses, and beautiful architecture, majestic cathedrals and lush parks.
The layout of the city is determined by its position relative to the the hills of the Santa Catalina mountains, which causes it to have with steep, narrow streets. Guadalquivir River that flows through Jaen makes it a fertile belt rich in natural vegetation. The natural beauty of this place is enhanced by the presence of two majestic mountains namely Cazorla and Segura that bring sufficient rainfall to this place.
The name is most likely derived from the Roman name Villa Gaiena or Villa of Gaius. During the time of Al-Andalus it was called Jayyān.
Jaén is somewhat overshadowed by the beauty of nearby Úbeda and Baeza, and is often passed over by visitors to the province. But once you make it into town you will discover a charming, if mildly dilapidated, historic center with hidden neighborhoods, excellent tapas bars and a spectacular cathedral.
The city is the administrative and industrial center for the province and include chemical works, tanneries, distilleries, cookie factories, textile factories, as well as agricultural and olive oil processing machinery industry.
Visiting Jaén for the first time and wondering what are the top places to see in the city? In this complete guide, I share the best things to do in Jaén on the first visit. Top help you plan your trip, I have also included an interactive map and practical tips for visiting!
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This complete guide to Jaén not only tells you about the very best sights and tourist attractions for first-time visitors to the city but also provide insights into a few of our personal favorite things to do.
This is a practical guide to visiting the best places to see in Jaén and is filled with tips and info that should answer all your questions!
Catedral de la Asunción
Location: Catedral de Jaén Plaza Sta. María, s/n 23002 Jaén Spain | Hours: 10am-2pm & 4-7pm Mon-Fri, to 5.30pm Sat, 10-11.30am & 4-5.30pm Sun | Price: Adult incl audio guide €5, child/senior €1.50/2 | Website | Distance: 0.00km
Visiting Catedral de la Asunción
Palacio del Condestable Iranzo
Location: Palacio Del Condestable Iranzo Calle Maestra, 16 23002 Jaén Spain | Hours: 9am-2pm & 5-9pm Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm Sat | Price: Free | Distance: 0.20km
Visiting Palacio del Condestable Iranzo
Arco de San Lorenzo
Location: San Lorenzo's Arch Calle Almendros Aguilar, s/n 23002 Jaén Spain | Hours: 24 Hour | Price: Free | Distance: 0.30km
Visiting Arco de San Lorenzo
Palacio de Villardompardo
Location: Centro Cultural Palacio de Villardompardo Plaza Sta. Luisa de Marillac, s/n 23004 Jaén Spain | Hours: 9am-10pm Tue-Sat, to 3pm Sun | Price: Free Entrance | Website | Distance: 0.80km
Visiting Palacio de Villardompardo
Castillo de Santa Catalina
Location: Castillo de Santa Catalina Cerro Calle Sta. Catalina, s/n 23003 Jaén Spain | Hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, to 3pm Sun | Price: adult/reduced €3.50/1.50, 3-6pm Wed free | Distance: 0.90km
Visiting Castillo de Santa Catalina
Location: International Museum of Art Íbero Paseo de la Estación, 41 23008 Jaén Spain | Hours: 9am-9pm Tue-Sat, to 3pm Sun Sep-Jun, to 3pm Tue-Sun Jul & Aug | Price: EU citizens/non-citizens free/€1.50 | Website | Distance: 1.20km
Visiting Museo Íbero