Countryside of Jaén

The region is located in the northwestern quadrant of the province of Jaén, bordering to the north with the province of Ciudad Real and to the west with that of Córdoba. Its location between Sierra Morena and the Guadalquivir valley gives it its own characteristics, counting on various spaces used by man throughout history that makes it a key reference for lovers of tradition, handicrafts, nature and gastronomy . Its situation in the fundamental communication node between the Meseta and the Guadalquivir Valley, has not prevented the conservation of its surroundings, counting on the protected area of ??the Sierra de Andújar Natural Park, which extends in the northern half of the Region, on the terms of Andújar, Villanueva de la Reina and Marmolejo.

The flavor of the Northern Countryside of Jaén is made up of recipes whose common denominator is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is never missing from its ingredients. A highly personal and traditional cuisine, of peoples and peoples, among which the game meat seasoned with spices from Sierra Morena, migas, salmorejo, ajoblanco, asparagus in sauce, and for dessert the pestiños, corkscrews, stands out. from Villanueva de la Reina, porridge from Arjona, without forgetting the fried flamenquín with olive oil, and the olives from Andujar, all washed down with the Lopera wine.

Highlight among the many attractions: the Castle of the Troubadour Macías de Arjonilla included in the Route of the Castles and Battles, the Sanctuary of the relics of Arjona, or the Roman Bridge of La Higuera, without forgetting the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Cabeza, where the most populous pilgrimage in Spain is celebrated every last Sunday in April.

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