Santiago Pontones

Municipality formed by the towns of Santiago de la Espada and Pontones, with headquarters in Santiago de la Espada, where the institutions are located. Until 1975 they were independent municipalities. In addition to these localities, twenty-seven other population centers are part of it. Located northeast of the province of Jaén, it belongs to the Sierra de Segura region. By extension, it is the largest municipality in the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park and the second in the province. It symbolizes the deep mountain range, with spectacular ravines, beautiful valleys and arrogant peaks, which offer idyllic landscapes. In the area of ??Fuente Segura the river Segura is born.

Due to the climate and the orography, only 3% is cultivated land, dedicated to the cultivation of herbaceous plants. Its climate is the coldest in the province. The economic activities are livestock, mainly cattle (it has several ranches of wild cattle), forestry, inland tourism, hunting and fishing.

From the Architectural Heritage we highlight the Church of Santiago Apóstol, the urban centers of Santiago, Pontón Alto and Pontón Bajo and other monuments located in some of the population centers that are part of the City Hall.


Data of interest

Tourist area: Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas
Distance to the capital (km): 218
Altitude above sea level (m): 1340
Extension(Km2): 683
Population: 2.956
Demonym: Santiagueños o Pontoneros
Postal Code: 23290

Tourist information
Tourist information office: Avda. de Andalucía s/n –Santiago de la Espada
Tourist information office: Las Juntas, s/n  -Las Juntas de Miller
INTERPRETATION CENTERS Torre del Vinagre Visitor Center
Ctra. del Tranco A-319 km 48


  • Church de Santiago Apóstol: Built on an old hermitage in the 16th century with influences from the late Levantine Gothic. It has a single nave divided by four arches, covered by armor of pair in row of Mudejar tradition, supported by semicircular diaphragm arches. It reproduces the scheme of the Levantine churches of the late Gothic, with baroque altarpieces and a wide wooden choir with curious coffered ceiling and a banner. The main altarpiece is from the 18th century and is the most valuable artistic element in the temple. On the outside, the square tower stands out in height and robustness, which in 1763 had to be rebuilt. 
  • Urban centers of Santiago, Pontón Alto and Pontón Bajo. The urban centers of these nuclei are made up of streets that recall the morphology of medieval town planning, in which regular and geometric planning is not followed, but is built according to needs. This gives rise to narrow and irregular streets with typically mountain dwellings: stone facades, plastered and whitewashed, with small gaps, protruding tiles to fire water and snow, and thin chimneys.
  • Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Located in Pontones, it was built at the end of the 19th century. It is small, with a single rectangular nave and a simple façade w ...

Source of information

Ayto. Santiago Pontones


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