Top Choice Palace in Baeza

Palacio de Jabalquinto

Baeza’s most flamboyant palace was probably built in the late 15th century for a member of the noble Benavides clan. Its chief glory is the spectacular facade in decorative Isabelline Gothic style, with a strange ar…
Top Choice Cathedral in Baeza

Catedral de Baeza

As was the case in much of Andalucía, the Reconquista destroyed Baeza's mosque and in its place built a cathedral. This was the first step towards the town’s transformation into a Castilian gem. The cathedral is a s…
Top Choice Park in Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Top Choice Ruins in Rodalquilar

Gold Mines

There is something very evocative about the old gold mines, which were at their peak of activity in the mid-20th century; a fascinating bit of industrial wreckage in a barren red-rock landscape. Stop first at La Cas…
Top Choice Castle in Segura de la Sierra

Castillo de Segura

This lofty castle dates from Moorish times but was rebuilt after the Christian conquest in the 13th century. Abandoned in the 17th century, it was restored in the 1960s and has now become a 'frontier territory ' int…
Top Choice Olive Oil in Baeza

Oleícola San Francisco

These fascinating tours of a working oil mill near Baeza will teach you all you could want to know about the process of turning olives into oil, how the best oil is made and what distinguishes extra virgin from the …
Church in Baeza

Iglesia de Santa Cruz

This 13th-century church was one of the first to be built in Andalucía after the Reconquista. It may be the only Romanesque church in Andalucía.
Historic Building in Baeza

Antigua Universidad

Baeza’s historic university was founded in 1538. It became a fount of progressive ideas that generally conflicted with Baeza’s conservative dominant families, often causing scuffles between the highbrows and the wel…
Nature Reserve in Parque Natural Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas

Centro de Fauna Silvestre Collado del Almendral

On a spur of land between the Embalse del Tranco and the A319, 7km north of Coto Ríos, this is a 1 sq km enclosed animal park where you can see ibex, mouflon, deer and wild boar in semi-liberty. Visits are by minitr…
Aviary in Almuñécar & La Herradura

Parque Ornitológico Loro-Sexi

Just behind the Peñón del Santo this is a tropical bird aviary full of squawking parrots. Entry price is rather steep for what you get.