The capital of the province with the largest number of protected areas in Spain is in a landscape surrounded by olive trees. Its origin as a centre for Arab caravans, its importance as a strongpoint on the Castilian-Muslim frontier during the Reconquest and its current dedication to producing olive oil make it a must for visitors.
At its feet, the oldest districts of the Andalusian city unfold, spread around the churches of La Magdalena, San Juan and San Ildefonso. But the core of this historic quarter is Santa Iglesia Cathedral. It is a monumental Renaissance building from the 16th century, which contrasts with the popular-style white houses surrounding it. As well as the main façade, the chapter house, the main chapel, the choir and the sacristy make good examples of the art of this period.
Address: C/Corredera De San Marcos, 46 Linares / Jaén
Telephone: 953 60 72 54