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“Unbelievable views”

Castillo de Santa Catalina
Ranked #3 of 58 things to do in Jaen
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

We never got to go into the castle as it was closed when we arrived, but the views down to the city and across the valley were breathtaking. Walk up, get a taxi down, or the other way around, if you feel fit enough! It's a lovely walk, if slightly strenuous, just avoid the heat of the day, a killer in Jaén!!

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Reviewed 13 September 2012

Interesting to visit the old Moorish castle but the eis not much to see and all the information is in Spanish which is fine if you speak the language!

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Reviewed 10 September 2012

The views, overlooking the city, are just impressive. You need to go if you are in Jaén. If you want to get to the cross, which is highly recommended due to the amazing views to the cathedral, be careful if you are with kids. It is safe, but keep them under control.

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

There is a mountain in the background of Jaen, and on top of it is the Castillo de Santa Catalina. There is a legend that under the foundations of the castle there is a tower that Hannibal ordered built, but there is no proof of that. The Romans came and built the fortress, which the Moors then added to. It was known to be an impregnable fortress. However Fernando III, the Holy, laid siege to the fortress in 1246 and conquered it after two months. The castle was named after Santa Catalina because it was on her feast day that the fortress fell into the hands of the Christians. Near the fortress is a huge cross to remember that Fernando III stuck a cross into the ground after his conquest of the fortress.

Today there is a parador on the grounds of the castle. The castle is nice to visit, but a stay in the parador will be inconvenient because the drive up the back of the mountain is too long on a very narrow and curvy road, and it is too far from downtown. What is very nice are the views of the city below, which are spectacular.

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Reviewed 10 February 2012

views of the surrounding lands and the city of Jaen. don't miss the prison.

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