The castle played a major role in the battles between Moors and Christians. The Castle of Santa Catalina acquired special relevance in the Peninsular War when it was turned into an important base of operations for Napoleon’s troops. Its excellent location afforded phenomenal views over most of the province, the city of Jaén and the city’s cathedral, in particular.
Visit: Castillo de Santa Catalina, Jaen, Province of Jaen, AndaluciaStanding above Jaén like an everlasting defender of the city, the Santa Catalina Castle is of original Arab design extended and modified after being conquered by Ferdinand III. A short distance away is a cross monument which was erected by the order of the aforementioned king after he entered the city in the spring of 1246. The Santa Catalina Castle or Alcázar Nuevo is a walled, almost triangular, enclosure defended by six towers. Inside, there is a Tourist Information Centre, offering visitors the chance to discover the history of the castle and the city.It has magnificent views and a Parador attached to it.