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Jaén, capital of an Inland Paradise

History, culture, leisure, spectacles, monuments, shopping, restaurants and all the services of a big city in a quiet, hospitable and non-crowded atmosphere.

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    The Arab baths in Jaén were built in the 11th century. They are located on the basement of the Palacio de Villardompardo…

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The city of Jaén will fascinate you. Its historical and cultural wealth is impressive, and you will find out how its history and people are connected through memory. Jaén has traditionally been a passing and frontier place, since in it there inhabited different millennial cultures, such as Muslims, Christians and Jews, who lived here in harmony for centuries. But the history of Jaén has a past dating back to prehistoric times, with an economy originally rooted in the earth that has left an indelible cultural and economic trace around the olive tree. This is the greatest wealth of this land, and one which makes Jaén the world’s capital of olive oil.

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Among the cultural jewels that Jaén boasts, it is worth mentioning the Cathedral, a landmark of Spanish renaissance.

Also deserving praise are the Arab Baths, the biggest and most important in Europe, and the Provincial Museum, which hoards archaeological records among which those of the Iberian people are especially noteworthy. We also recommend visiting the Castillo de Santa Catalina, privileged vantage point from which you can relish the peerless beauty of an olive green landscape. From the hill of Santa Catalina you will see the bell towers of medieval churches and monasteries and an old quarter of the city with unforgettable corners.

A visit of the city means walking through history and the different cultures and life-styles that this land has sheltered.

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