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Cazorla

Cazorla

A very popular tourist destination all year round due its rich historic and cultural heritage, as well as it being an ideal setting for hiking and walking, Cazorla is flooded with accommodation options. A huge selection of hotels is available both in and out of the town, as well as numerous self-catering mountain chalets, apartments and villas.

With a total surface area of 209,920ha and covering almost a fifth of Jaen province, this is Spain's largest protected area and one its most extensive forested zones. Located in eastern Jaen province, it connects the Sierra Morena and the Subbética mountain ranges. The highest peak in this immense park is Pico Empanada at 2,107m and the entire park is higher than 600m.

The Alto Guadalquivir Natural Area comprises three reservoirs (embalses) covering 663ha, which are situated along the upper reaches of the Guadalquivir river. To the east is the largest one, the Embalse de Puente La Cerrada, in the middle is the Embalse de Doña Aldonza and to the west is the smallest reservoir, the Embalse de Pedro Martín.

This is your dream mountain getaway right in the middle of Spain’s Cazorla Natural Park . The Cazorla Parador is surrounded by untouched nature, pine forests and general wilderness. The absolute calm and quiet are what attract many to this remote refuge.

This tremendously varied walk makes for a great full day excursion. Leaving the pretty village of La Iruela you first climb up past the Alberquilla spring before contouring round the northern flank of the Escribano.

Cazorla is steeped in tradition. Its origins stretch back six centuries before Christ, although it was officially founded by the Romans, who named it Carcesa. Its splendour grew under Moorish and then Christian control.

A 10-minute walk from Cazorla’s historic centre, Andalucia features rooms with private bathrooms. This guest house offers private parking and a reasonably priced breakfast of homemade pastries.

Each simply decorated room at Andalucia has traditional décor. All rooms have heating and a TV. The private bathroom includes handmade soap.