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  • Deep in the Spanish hinterland lies Jaen, a city full of rustic tradition renowned for the quality of its oil, which has been granted the Sierra Mágina designation of origin. This dressing forms the base of the majority of the region's local dishes, including game and poultry, trout, cod, herring and all kinds of salad. Of course, no visit to the region would be complete without sampling one of the ...
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  • An example of Renaissance architecture listed as World Heritage.
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  • This cathedral is very impressive with its 26 metre-high towers. Inside you will find an organ dating from the 18th century.
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  • This Gothic castle overlooks the city of Jaén. These is even a passageway linking the castle to the city. From the top you will have a clear view over the city and the surrounding mountains.
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  • Since the opening of the new highway and the improvement of the roads leading to Jaén, this city has been receiving an increasing number of tourists.
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  • The only thing that can be mass-produced in the Sierra Morena mountain range in the south of Spain are olive trees, which are as resistant as grapevines.
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  • Jaén's Old Town still has some magnificent antique ruins as well as the largest collection of Iberian art in all of Europe.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Spain

Deep in the Spanish hinterland lies Jaen, a city full of rustic tradition renowned for the quality of its oil, which has been granted the Sierra Mágina designation of origin. This dressing forms the base of the majority of the region's local dishes, including game and poultry, trout, cod, herring and all kinds of salad. Of course, no visit to the region would be complete without sampling one of the traditional dishes, which include gruels, migas (bread fried with thinly sliced bacon pieces) and even vegetable salads. Although gastronomy is a very important part of the region's culture and heritage, Jaen has much more to offer. The province is also home to the largest protected natural area in the whole of Andalusia, meaning that it also boasts some spectacular natural landscapes. Among its flora you'll find unique specimens of the Cazorla violet, an unusual carnivorous plant, and what appear to be the smallest narcissuses in the world. Its fauna, meanwhile, includes wild mountain sheep, foxes, genets, shrews, buzzards and a large number of other species. The towns of Ubeda and Baeza, both of which have been declared historic-artistic sites due to their great Renaissance heritage, are also not to be missed, along with the fortresses and palaces which offer an insight into the Arab presence in the region. Whilst visiting the capital, make sure you visit the Arab fortress on Santa Catalina hill, which affords some of the best views across the city and the Guadalquivir valley from its peak. Having said that, the real jewel of the city is nevertheless Santa Iglesia Cathedral, a huge building dating back to the Renaissance and which represents the historic heart of the city.

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Jaén: the key figures

Surface area : 33,700 sq mi km2

Population : 8,300,000 inhabitants

Time difference : GMT + 1

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