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Castillo de Santa Catalina, Jaen

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Castle Historic Site
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. Make Castillo de Santa Catalina part of your personalized Jaen itinerary using our Jaen vacation generator.
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  • We walked to the castle from the city in about 40 minutes. It's not a tough walk (yes it is uphill, but the castle is at the top!) if you follow the track from Carretera de Circunvalacion. Once you're...  more »
  • This partly ruined castle is adjacent the Parador Hotel, an easy stroll! The entrance fee is very reasonable and there are discounts available for students. There is a short video explanation in Spani...  more »
  • We spent 2 hours. Lots of history,explanations in English . Easy to follow directions,great views. Taxi ride from town is expensive,10 euros each way. Would be very difficult to walk up. Entrance fee ...  more »
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  • Great value for money, thoroughly interesting, beautiful and breathtaking views
  • Beaitifull! Nice view over the city
  • Very nice fortress on the top of the mountain. Incredible views of the city and the surroundings.
  • Well. It was good because it was quite empty. But very listless staff. The views of Jaén was nice.
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  • A place with history. Beautiful and in summer time runs airecito. Highly recommended
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