Jaen City - Fascinating facts

Early morning view of Jaèn from it´s magnificent Santa Catalina castle © Michelle Chaplow
Early morning view of Jaèn from its magnificent
Santa Catalina castle.

Our travel writers are constantly on the lookout to bring you the best of everything in Andalucia, from its magnificent cities to its stunning beaches and unspoilt countryside, and here we bring you five fascinating facts to inspire you to visit the least-known of Andalusia´s eight provincial capitals.

Best known for its region´s superb olive oil and Renaissance architecture, Jaen has many little- known treasures waiting to be discovered by visitors to one of Andalucia´s least touristy cities. Close to the magnificent Cazorla National Park and surrounded by unspoilt countryside, it is set against a spectacular backdrop of mountains. Explore the charming old town with its narrow, cobbled streets, climb up the winding road to its castle, or join the weekly devotees in the cathedral gazing upon the imprint of Christ´s face.

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  • Fact 1 - For centuries Jaen was a battleground in the power struggles between Christian kings and Moorish rulers, due to its strategic position between Andalucia and Castile
  • Fact 2 - Explore Moorish history - and enjoy bird´s-eye views - in the city´s mountain-top castle
  • Fact 3 - See Jesus´ face in Jaen´s version of the Turin Shroud
  • Fact 4 - Taste "liquid gold" in the world capital of olive oil
  • Fact 5 - Visit the largest surviving Arab baths in Spain