Travelling with Sara: we visit Cazorla, sierra of Jaén

We start a new section of the website with an article about the Sierra de Cazorla, in Jaén.

The Sierra de Cazorla is a tourist area full of trails in Jaén, province of Andalusia. Do you want to know what you can see? We tell you about it.

1. Travelling with Sara

We are inaugurating this more cultural section to show you Spain. We want to show you the most interesting places in Spain, so that you not only know all the issues related to foreigners or documents required for any procedure, but you can also get to know Spain and its history, its countryside, museums and charming villages.

2.The Sierra de Cazorla

The place full of nature is a natural park declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 1983.

With a mild climate, Cazorla can be visited all year round, although spring and autumn are the best times.

Also known by the names of Alto Guadalquivir or Comarca de Cazorla, most of its territory is part of the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park.

The Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park has a forest complex that is considered one of the most extensive in Spain.

3.What to see in the Sierra de Cazorla?

Collado del Almendral Hunting Park: this is visited by means of a guided tour by tourist train along a 5km route (about 45 minutes by train), where visitors can see animals in semi-freedom in a natural area of 100 hectares. You will see deer, fallow deer, mouflon and mountain goats, among others.

Ruins of Santa María: the Renaissance style of these ruins is built over the river Cerezuelo, which had to be channelled beforehand. It enters in a large vault under the main altar, crossing the entire church, to continue its course under the Plaza de Santa María.

Castillo de la Yedra: This is a construction dating from the Berber period, although it was finished as we know it today by the Castilians. Its origins could be Muslim, possibly from the Almohad period (12th century), although throughout the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries the Christians finished giving it its definitive configuration, which explains why the Gothic style predominates in a large part of its interior rooms.

Vault of the Cerezuelo River: Go inside the church to see the vault which forms the backbone of the church and the square of Santa María, whose fusion of art and nature makes us daydream.

Former convention of the Mercedarias: The complex housed the former Casa de la Merced, convent and church of this order. The temple, now a theatre, was originally a church.

Salvatierra Castle: Also known as the Castle of the Five Corners, it can be seen from most corners of Cazorla. It was built in the last third of the 14th century, on the remains of an old Arab fortification.

Monastery of Montesión: The most architecturally interesting area is the monastery chapel. It is small, with a rectangular ground plan with three naves originally, modified later to a Latin cross plan with a single nave.

Bicycle House: A private building, its façade has a characteristic rural design of cement and wood, embellished with coloured iron bicycles.

In addition to these points of tourist interest, you should visit the area following the trails and routes, which lead to beautiful waterfalls and hermitages from other eras.

You can stop to rest and eat at the picnic areas, three viewpoints located on the road up to Riogazas, which offer spectacular views of the municipality and the countryside.

4.How to get to Cazorla and timetable

You can access the Natural Park via Úbeda, Torreperogil (A-315), and from there to Peal de Becerro (A-315) and Cazorla (A-319). For those coming from the southeast of Andalusia, Murcia and Alicante, you can take the A-92 N to the vicinity of Baza, where it connects with the A-315 which leads to Pozo Alcón.

You can visit the Sierra de Cazorla whenever you like, but the tourist office is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 1.30pm and afternoons from 4pm to 7pm. It is closed on Mondays.

If you don’t want to miss the impressive and varied fauna, don’t hesitate to spend a day in the Sierra de Cazorla with its jays, owls, bearded vultures, hawks, eagles, owls, vultures, wild boars, foxes, polecats, deer, mountain goats, fallow deer, weasels and others.

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