Castillo de Santa Catalina, Jaen

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Originally built by the same Moorish king who constructed the Alhambra, the majority of today's Castillo de Santa Catalina was commissioned by Alfonso X and Ferdinand IV. One of the five towers is occupied by the Chapel of Saint Catalina, and the rest stand tall over the castle's newer east wing and the remains of the original building in the west. In 1965, a parador, a hotel owned and run by the Spanish government, was installed in the space, leading to the destruction of most of the original remnants. However, the foundations of the first castle are still visible on the western part of the hill. Take a tour of the parador and enjoy a coffee in the spot where Charles de Gaulle wrote his memoirs, all while taking in the view over the valley. A visit to Castillo de Santa Catalina represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Jaen road trip tool to plot your vacation.
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  • At the top of a hill and divisible from practically all Jaen, offers unbeatable views of the city.
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  • It is worth visiting it. Spectacular views. I am frequently staying at Parador, although it needed a reform it is emblematic and the excellent treatment.
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  • Morning visit to Castle santa Catalina with the family made us good day to enjoy advised ride taxi you can eat in restaurant
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  • Absolutely amazing views from this fascinating castle. Loads of history to be learned here. You can guide yourself and/or get a talk from one of the guides/staff. Nice walk to the edge of the hill with an enormous cross - fab overlook. Nice place for a rocky picnic. Free parking.
  • A great tourist attraction over looking Jaen, stunning views in all directions. The castle itself has an interesting history with the moors and Napoleon's army. There is also a hotel in the complex should the need for a bed arise. There is also a walking trail from Jaen to the castle if that be your thing
  • One of the ancient Castillo this place is very quit and beautiful, I enjoyed a lot here. Finally, this place is good for visitors.
  • If you are in Jaén, you cant miss this place! Visit ir stay at the parador located in the old castle, go there for a walk, drink or meal. Its a beautiful hotel as well.
  • Very nice castle, but the view from it is even better!))
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