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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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  • Very nice fortress on the top of the mountain. Incredible views of the city and the surroundings.
  • Definitely worth visiting. Öffneltichen transport difficult to achieve. With your own car no problem. You can, even if it doesn't seem like that car almost right down before the front door. You get explained in detail at the checkout what there is to see and what you should pay attention and will, then with documents on a guided tour of sent. Definitely worth seeing!
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  • Beautiful castle with the most spectacular views of Jaén and its Cathedral. The visit is almost obligatory for all who want to enjoy 100% of this land. A pity that the guided tours of the interior of the Castle close to the public at 1330 hours and not open again until 17.00... We arrived 5 minutes later and already not allowed us to enter, as well as other tourists who were with us, which is striking and even an outrageous point... would seriously fail to hold open the monument during the lunch? Taking into account that it is one of the main points of interest of the province it seems illogical so dimensioned serviced with the consequent loss of revenue and image.
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  • My favorite place in Jaén, just went a day that the entry was free and had a guide very nice and pleasant.
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  • Impressive castle is well preserved. The views from the cross are magnificent. Parador de turismo. Very good restaurant. Before arriving at the Castle, there are a few picnic areas where people go up in the evening to enjoy refreshments and snacks.
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