Ubeda

Palacio de las Cadenas and Capilla del Salvador in Plaza de Vazquez de Molina. © Michelle Chaplow
Palacio de las Cadenas and Capilla del Salvador in Plaza de Vazquez de Molina.

Ubeda

Ubeda (pronounced OO-bay-da), with its wealth of Renaissance palaces and churches, has much in common with its counterpart Baeza. Both towns have a distinctly Castillian severity, with their granite buildings and plazas, as opposed to the white walls and flower-fill courtyards, and in many ways resembling Segovia and Avila. Poetry lovers will be interested to know that the sixteenth century mystic, San Juan de la Cruz died in a monastery in Úbeda. Ubeda has about 34, 200 inhabitants.

History

Legend has it that Úbeda was founded by Túbal, a descendant of Noah. The name of the city would derive from the mythical tower of King Ibiut. The first settlements in Úbeda date back to the Copper Age, and are located on the nerby hill called Cerro del Alcázar. The latest archaeological research has revealed six thousand years of human settlement; Úbeda therefor being the oldest scientifically documented city in Western Europe.

The outstanding feature is the monumental square, the Plaza de Vázquez de Molina, surrounded with imposing buildings such as the Palacio de las Cadenas (so named for the decorative chains which once hung from the façade).

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The pottery museum in Ubeda whose full name is Museo de Alfarería "Paco Tito". Memoria de lo Cotidiano. The collection walks through the history of Ubeda pottery.

Ubeda boasts a wealth of Renaissance palaces and churches. © Michelle Chaplow .
Ubeda boasts a wealth of Renaissance palaces and churches.

The Capilla del Salvador also has a chapel screen by the ironworker Bartolomé de Jaen. The Hospital de Santiago, designed by Vandelvira in the late 16th century, with its square bell towers and graceful Renaissance courtyard, is now the home of the town's Conference Hall. Ubeda has a Parador, housed in a 16th century palace which was the residence of a high-ranking churchman of the period.

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Private tour of Úbeda

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It is the ideal tour for those travelers who want a private visit to the World Heritage city of Úbeda, tailored to their tastes and needs (route, duration, start time, ...).A private tour allows you to enjoy the heritage of the city with your family and friends without having to resort to a regular guided tour with more people.Our specialist gui

 

Both towns, Ubeda and Baeza, have a distinctly Castillian severity, with their granite buildings and plazas, as opposed to the white walls and flower-fill courtyards of Andalucia proper, and in many ways they resemble Segovia and Avila more than Cordoba or Seville. Poetry lovers will be interested to know that the 16th century mystic Saint John of the Cross died in a monastery in Ubeda.

Hotels

Parador de Ubeda is a 16th century rennaisance palace in the heart of Úbeda. A lovely way to enjoy an inland city full of monuments.

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Parador de Ubeda

Located in the beautiful, monumental city of Úbeda, this Parador is housed in a former, 16th-century palace and has kept its original, classical-style interior decor.

Parador de Úbeda’s rooms are all spacious, with high ceilings and equipped with modern facilities, such as a TV.

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Hotel Arcco Ubeda

Hotel Arcco Ubeda is located in Úbeda. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation provides a concierge service, a tour desk and luggage storage for guests.

Alvaro de Torres Boutique

This beautiful 17th-century building is located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Úbeda, next to Santa Clara Convent. Its elegant rooms feature free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. The air-conditioned rooms at Alvaro de Torres Boutique combine original stone walls with modern décor. Each one has a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Parador de Ubeda

Located in the beautiful, monumental city of Úbeda, this Parador is housed in a former, 16th-century palace and has kept its original, classical-style interior decor.

Parador de Úbeda’s rooms are all spacious, with high ceilings and equipped with modern facilities, such as a TV.

 

Ceramics in Úbeda © Michelle Chaplow .
Ceramics in Úbeda

One of the main seasonal attractions of the town is the annual music and dance festival which is held in May and includes opera, jazz, flamenco, chamber music, symphony orchestra and dance.

Just south east of the town lies the nature park of Sierras de Cazorla.

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