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Jaén 2.5-Hour Tour: Cathedral, Arabs Baths and Old City

1. Jaén 2.5-Hour Tour: Cathedral, Arabs Baths and Old City

Journey through the history of the city of Jaén where you will discover the importance of the city from the Iberian era to our present, visiting the main monuments of the city, the narrow streets, and typical Andalusian squares that embellish Jaén. Visit the historical center of the city of Jaén, starting with the Cathedral of Jaén, the jewel of the Spanish Renaissance. Then continue on to the Refuge of the Civil War, the Church of San Juan, the largest Arab Baths of Spain and the Palace of Villardompardo, the neighborhood of the Convent of Santo Domingo and the Barrio de la Magdalena, the oldest in Jaén, where you will learn about the famous legend of the Lagarto de Jaén.

Jaén: 3-hour tour, Cathedral, Jewish Quarter and Arab Baths

2. Jaén: 3-hour tour, Cathedral, Jewish Quarter and Arab Baths

Meet our guide in the Plaza de Santa María where you will start discovering the buildings of the Town Hall, the Archbishop's Palace and the impotent Cathedral of Jaén. The latter will be the protagonist of our first part of the tour. Jaén Cathedral was conceived in the 16th century to replace the previous Gothic temple of the 15th century. The construction took several centuries, although the original idea was maintained. With the entrance ticket included in this Tour you will get to know its interior and all the richness it houses. Continue through the streets of the Jewish quarter, where you will find the Fuente de los Caños, Francisco del Castillo's drinking fountain. Continue along Calle Rostro to wander through these labyrinthine and narrow streets more typical of other times. Then you will be impressed by the Arab Baths of Jaén, the only Muslim bath that has survived to the present day out of the five that the city once had. You will enter the baths after visiting one of the rooms of the imposing Villardompardo Palace. Once in the baths, you will visit each of its rooms: the Vestibule, the Cold Room, the Warm Room and the Hot Room. Finally, you will discover the legend of the Lizard of Jaén, and you will see the exterior of the Church of La Magdalena, the only parish church in the city which, despite being Christian, still maintains vestiges of one of the major mosques of Jaén.

Jaen: Olive oil tour with the 5 senses, grove and tasing

3. Jaen: Olive oil tour with the 5 senses, grove and tasing

Take a guided tour of the Aires de Jaén olive estate in Jabalquinto. Visit the farm's olive groves, see the oil mill. Start your guided tour with a walk through the olive groves, the Finca Badenes. Visit 3 different plantations, each one practicing a different form of cultivation, and learn the difference between super high density, intensive, and traditional olive farming. Next, move on to the oil mill area. Here you'll learn about the mechanical process of obtaining extra virgin olive oil before moving on to the final part of your tour, an olive oil tasting. Join professionals from the Aires de Jaén laboratory and learn how to do an organoleptic or sensory tasting.

Oleopack Picualia (tour & oil tasting)

4. Oleopack Picualia (tour & oil tasting)

Expand and deepen your knowledge of all things olive oil with a tour of the Picualia olive oil mill. Located in the heart of Jaén, Picualia is regarded as one of the main contributors to recent innovations in the olive oil industry. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and a sample of some oil varieties. Start your tour with a brief introduction to Andalusia's long-standing olive oil culture and what makes Picualia olive oil so special. Of all the 2,600 types of olives found the world over, the Picual variety has the greatest number of antioxidant effects. Follow your guide through the ancient olive groves and into the state-of-the-art mill, where you will learn how the olives are collected from local farmers and how the oil is extracted and bottled. Finish your tour with a guided tasting of some of Picualia's best olive oils. The factory also has a visitor center, museum, and Mediterranean restaurant which you can explore after your tour.

Jaén: Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting Experience

5. Jaén: Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting Experience

Discover one of the staples of the Mediterranean diet on this tour of an olive oil mill in Jaén. Learn about how olive oil is produced in a region that produces half of the olive oil in the world. See for yourself why olive oil is referred to as liquid gold, as you try some of the oils. Be greeted by your host at the mill and find out why olive oil has been labeled an immaterial heritage by UNESCO. Unlock the culture behind the production of olive oil. Walk through the olive groves around the mill and see where the trees bask in the Spanish sun. Learn about the olive harvesting processes. Listen as your guide explains the whole process that the olives follow on the path to becoming extra virgin olive oil. See the machines for this process as you walk through the. Stop to savor three extra virgin olive oils at the end of your tour. English tour is at 10:30 Spanish tour is at 12:30 Last IMPORTANT thing you should know, we are the only olive oil mill in the world that has a restaurant on its premises if you would like to eat or drink something. Get ready for an amazing experience!!!

Jaén: Castle of Santa Catalina Entry with Guided Tour

6. Jaén: Castle of Santa Catalina Entry with Guided Tour

Discover the Castillo de Santa Catalina, palatial residence of Fernando III el Santo after the conquest of Jaén in 1246, and one of the three fortresses of the original Castillo de Jaén. You will visit its dependencies, such as the kitchens, dungeons or latrines, the Keep of the Constable of Castile who inhabited during the 15th century, some spaces such as the stables built by the French during their occupation, and you will go up to the top of the towers. Finally, you will walk through the Santa Catalina hill until you reach the cross to see an impressive panoramic view of the entire city of Jaén from a bird's eye view.

Aires de Jaén: Olive Oil Plantation Tour and Local Meal

7. Aires de Jaén: Olive Oil Plantation Tour and Local Meal

Embark on a beautiful and informative tour of the Finca Badenes area to learn about olive cultivation and local olive oil production. Savor some olive oil during a guided tasting. Settle in for a lovely Mediterranean dinner among the olive trees. Start with a refreshing walk through the Finca Badenes area, where you'll get to know the 3 types of cultivation that exist worldwide: super intensive, intensive, and traditional. Then move on to the oil mill area to learn about the mechanical process of obtaining EVOO. Pick up insights into the process of production. At the end of the tour, learn how to do an organoleptic tasting with the professionals of the laboratory of Aires de Jaén. Top off the visit with a tasting menu of our traditional gastronomy, paired with our EVOOs. cortijeras or country rice.

Jaen: Jaen Cathedral Entry ticket

8. Jaen: Jaen Cathedral Entry ticket

Visit one of the most emblematic monument of the city. Its construction dates back to the 16th century and is the work of Andrés de Vandelvira. It is one of the most beautiful architectural pieces in Andalusia and therefore in Spain. This Cathedral has in its treasure the authentic canvas in which Saint Veronica collected, with the sweat of her passion, the face of Our Lord. The cathedral of Jaén is the symbol and the most plastic expression of the splendor that the diocese of Jaén went through during the 16th-18th centuries. Explore the chapels of the cathedral, tall galleries, ancient pantheon, sacristy and chapter room, and the sacrarium.

Jaén night tour: legends and mysteries

9. Jaén night tour: legends and mysteries

Discover our city at nightfall on a tour of approximately 2 hours, exploring its many legends, ghosts and rich monumental history. We will begin our journey at the Plaza de la Constitución, the epicentre of the city, where you can park your vehicle in the underground car park. We will meet next to the Potter's Monument. Then, we'll head towards the charming neighbourhood of San Ildefonso, walking along its picturesque streets such as Cuatro Torres and Reja de la Capilla. Just in front of the Gothic entrance, we will share the fascinating legend of the Virgen de la Capilla and show you the exterior of the chapel of the patron saint of Jaén. We will continue to the Plaza de San Ildefonso, where the Basilica Menor, the second most important church in Jaén, is located. We will go up Bernabé Soriano street, known as "La Carrera", and we will take a walk around the Cathedral, passing by San Francisco Square and Almenas street. There, you will discover the different stages of our cathedral and the most iconic legends that surround it. When we arrive at the Plaza de Santa María, you'll be left speechless as you admire its impressive façade and hear the story of the haunting ghost of the Cathedral's child. You'll experience chills as you learn about the terrifying legend of Father Canillas at the Arch of San Lorenzo and the tragic stories of the Civil War at the War Shelter. We'll stop at the Plaza de la Audiencia to explore the city's oldest theatre and finish our tour by working up an appetite in the local taverns. Are you ready to be captivated by these haunted stories?

Jaén: Legends and Mysteries Walk

10. Jaén: Legends and Mysteries Walk

This tour will open your eyes to the old town of the Andalusian city, introducing you to its most iconic places and the most mysterious stories that surround its streets. You'll also get to know the exteriors of the Cathedral, the Barrio de la Merced, the Arco de San Lorenzo or the Plaza San Francisco. Following your local guide on this fascinating route, you will visit several of Jaén's secret corners, the ones that tell the most intriguing and unknown stories and legends of the city. It's not all dark and gloomy though, you will also be entertained with love stories that hide in palaces, squares and monuments. The city's Iberian, Islamic and Jewish past makes Jaén host to a large number of haunted houses, amazing treasures and incredible legends. Did you know that in the Magdalena neighborhood there was a lizard that attacked people passing by? Or that the ghost of an orphan child runs through its Cathedral? Enjoy a different walk under the starry mantle of Jaén.

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based on 91 reviews

We were lucky and were the only participants on 10/11/22 (10/12 is Spanish national holiday). So we had a very relaxed guide who always answered our questions in detail. The explanations regarding the entire production process were also detailed and very detailed. We were completely satisfied and can definitely recommend this tour.

Our guide, José, a fourth generation worker in this family business was extremely knowledgeable, kind, and generous with his time. We were lucky enough to be traveling at the time of olive harvest and saw the process up close. We learned so much and enjoyed the tasting - thank you Aires de Jaén!

En mi reciente visita a Jaén, contraté una visita guiada a la catedral, baños árabes y el casco antiguo. Recomiendo la visita a todo el mundo. Natalia nos explicó todo detalladamente y de una forma muy amena. Gracias Natalia

José was a wonderful guide, excellent host explained us everything about olives, oil extraction. Mariza was also very kind and taught us a lot about different oils and the tasting was amazing! We really enjoyed the tour!

David is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Very enjoyable. Definitely recommended.