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Top Choice Chapel in Úbeda

Sacra Capilla de El Salvador

This famous chapel, built between 1536 and 1559, is the flagship of Úbeda Renaissance architecture. Commissioned by Francisco de los Cobos y Molina as his family's funerary chapel, it presents a marked contrast betw…
Top Choice Castle in Jaén

Castillo de Santa Catalina

High above the city, atop cliff-girt Cerro de Santa Catalina, this fortress's near-impregnable position is what made Jaén important during the Muslim and early Reconquista centuries. At the end of the ridge stands a…
Top Choice Cathedral in Jaén

Catedral de la Asunción

Jaén's massive cathedral still dwarfs the rest of the city, especially when seen from the hilltop eyrie of Cerro de Santa Catalina. Its construction lasted from 1540 to 1724, replacing a crumbling Gothic cathedral w…
Top Choice Castle in Cazorla

Castillo de La Iruela

In a stunningly picturesque and panoramic perch on a rocky pinnacle towering over pretty La Iruela village, this ancient fortification is well worth the 3km drive or 1.5km uphill walk from central Cazorla. It was fo…
Top Choice Andalucian in Úbeda

Cantina La Estación

The charming originality here starts with the design – three rooms with railway themes (the main dining room being the deluxe carriage). It continues with the seasonal array of inspired fusion dishes, such as wild b…
Top Choice Andalucian in Úbeda

Misa de 12

From the tiny cooking station in this little corner bar, a succession of truly succulent platters magically emerges – slices of presa ibérica (a tender cut of Iberian pork) grilled to perfection, juicy fillets of ba…
Top Choice Spanish in Baeza

Palacio de Gallego

In the atmospheric setting of a 16th-century house, with tables on the delightful patio as well as in an old wood-beamed dining room, the Gallego serves up superb meat and fish dishes, barbecued and otherwise. There…
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. It's a stylistic melange, though the predominant style is 16th-century Renaissance, visible in the f…
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 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…