Jaen City - Five Fascinating Facts

Jaen City - Fascinating facts © Michelle Chaplow
Discover Jaen City - and learn about five Fascinating facts

Jaen City - Five Fascinating Facts

Our travel writers are constantly on the lookout to bring you the best of everything in Andalucia, from its magnificent cities to its 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.



Jaen´s name comes from the Moorish word geen or jayyan, meaning stopping post on a caravan route. King Ferdinand III captured the city from Ibn-Nasr, who subsequently founded the Nasrid kingdom of… More →

The Castillo Santa Catalina, one of Spain´s most magnificently-located paradors, is located on a spectacular site dating from the 10th century. The strategically crucial Moorish fortress was… More →

Jaen province has more olive trees than any other province in Spain, 40 million in fact - not surprising since its economy is based on olive oil. Liquid gold, as the locals call it, appears in all… More →

Inside Jaen´s impressive Renaissance cathedral, behind the high altar, is a much-prized religious artifact: a cloth said to have been used by St Veronica to wipe Christ´s face as he carried the… More →

Although a palace was built over them in the 16th century, Jaen´s 11th-century hammam (Arab baths) have survived another 400 years, and are now the largest baths open to the public in Spain. They… More →


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