Iglesia de Santa María


Nowadays housing Cazorla's tourist office, this picturesque shell of a grand church, attributed to the great 16th-century Renaissance architect Andrés de Vandelvira, was wrecked by Napoleonic troops in reprisal for Cazorla’s tenacious resistance. Guides at Casa de la Luz, a few paces uphill, offer interesting 20-minute tours through the bóvedas (vaults) that channel the Río Cerezuelo underneath the church.

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1. 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…

2. Centro Temático Frondosa Naturaleza

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If you're pressed for time, this visit takes you through a little of Cazorla's natural and human history, showing a restored water-driven flour mill and…

3. 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…

4. Balcón de Zabaleta

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Canyonlike streets lead south from Plaza de la Corredera to the Balcón de Zabaleta. This little mirador has stunning views over the southern part of town…

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

4.13 MILES

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