Castillo de la Yedra

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Cazorla's dramatic Castle of the Ivy, a 700m walk above Plaza de Santa María, offers superb views and houses the interesting Museum of the Upper Guadalquivir, whose diverse collections include traditional agricultural and kitchen utensils, religious art, models of an old olive mill, and a small chapel featuring a life-size Romanesque-Byzantine crucifixion sculpture. Interior visits are by guided tour only. The castle is of Muslim origin, comprehensively rebuilt in the 14th century after the Reconquista.

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2. Iglesia de Santa María

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3. Plaza de Santa María

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From the Balcón de Zabaleta, a narrow street leads down to Cazorla's most picturesque square, Plaza de Santa María, overlooked by the shell of the Iglesia…

4. Balcón de Zabaleta

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5. Plaza de la Corredera

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The heart of town is Plaza de la Corredera, with a number of busy bars and the elegant ayuntamiento (town hall), in a 400-year-old former monastery…

7. Castillo de La Iruela

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8. Puerto de las Palomas

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