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Jaén

Jaén

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 Granada in 1246, and Jaen had a strategic position on the frontline between Christian Spain and Moorish Granada. It was used as the gateway for the armies in the Reconquest, and Ferdinand and Isabella launched their final assault on Boabdil´s Granada from here in 1492.

Jaén is a city that every lover of Andalucia should visit, enjoy and - if possible - spend a good deal of time getting to know. Not only does the city have an ancient and fascinating history, but the castle that towers over its winding streets offers some of the most quintessentially Andalusian views there are to be had.

Dama Juana, which opened in March 2019, is named after the grandmother of chef-owner Juan Aceituno. Sadly she died just two weeks after the restaurant in Jaen’s barrio San Ildefonso opened. Eight months after opening, Dama Juana was awarded a Michelin star.

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Tiny Michelin star restaurant (as of the 2019 Guide) which seats just 15 diners, run with great care, effort and attention to detail by head chef Pedro Sánchez Jaén (known as Pedrito to avoid confusion with his political namesake). The restaurant opened in September 2017, and is the first restaurant in Jaén province ever to win a star.

You may have noticed tram line in Jaen city, don't stand around waiting for a tram as you may have a long wait. The Tranvia de Jaen was a modern light railway constructed between 2009 and 2011 at a cost of 75m €. Five low-floor Alstom Citadis trams, model 302, were purchased.

Jaen has a good selection of restaurants, the vast majority of which serve traditional Spanish and Mediterranean food. Fish and seafood are a popular choice in Jaen, trout being the star player, so expect to find prawn and shellfish dishes, as well as meat.

This three-star hotel is located in the city centre of Jaén and features a roof terrace with views over the cathedral. You can’t miss it, as the name is written in huge letters across the façade.

Located in the west of the city, this stone-built hostel, newly converted from the remains of the historic San Juan de Dios hospital, offers a variety of facilities to suit all needs. It is part of the Junta (regional government-owned) network of youth hostels.

A large modern hotel located on the corner of the main shopping street, close to the Jaen Museum. This hotel has 158 spacious guest rooms, some in classic, elegant style, others with a simple, modern feel. You can find culinary satisfaction at the restaurant and English-style bar, with outdoor terrace featuring micro-climate for summer and heating in winter.

This modern hotel is located in a new area of Jaen, five minutes from the El Corte Ingles department store. Its impressive marble atrium with stunning stained glass window has two glass lifts to transport guests to each floor in memorable style.

This modern two-star hostel is handy for those arriving in, or leaving, Jaen by train, as the station is next door. The old city centre is about 15 minutes’ walk away.

Handy for the A44 Bailen-Motril motorway, this modern hotel complex was built in 2004 and has an impressive double-height entrance lobby with vaulted ceiling. The decor is themed around olives, with custom-made chandeliers and large murals depicting Jaen’s key crop.

This hotel is located in the heart of Jaen city and offers cutting-edge décor with red leather armchairs and deconstructed chandelier-type pendant lights.

The City of Jaen organises a full calendar of carnival events. This is a carnival with six centuries of history behind it with a man named Condestable Iranzo credited with founding the events in this part of Andalucia. As in other areas, it was prohibited for many years during Franco's rule of Spain, but today the Jaen Carnival is going strong.

The capital city of north-eastern Andalucia, whose name is derived from the Arabic for 'crossroads of caravans,' Jaen has recently had a spurt in growth of tourism. Known for being the world capital of Olive Oil, the city is the largest producer in the world.

Jaen capital is yet another Andalusian city that has a certified "Fiesta of National Touristic Interest" and as in every other corner of the province, jinienses (residents of Jaen) believe their particular processions are without a doubt the most beautiful in all of Spain.