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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 Spanish in Jaén

Casa Antonio

This elegant little restaurant, in an unpromising street off Parque de la Victoria, prepares top-class Spanish fare rooted in local favourites, such as partridge in escabeche (an oil-vinegar-wine marinade), lamb cho…
Bathhouse in Jaén

Palacio de Villardompardo

This Renaissance palace houses one of the most intriguing collections of historical, archaeological and artistic exhibits found under one roof in Andalucía: the beautiful 11th-century Baños Árabes, one of the larges…
Andalucian in Jaén

El Gorrión

Lazy jazz plays in the background, old newspaper cuttings and lopsided paintings hang from the walls, and it feels as though local punters have been propping up the bar ever since 1888 (when it opened). But all ages…
Seafood in Jaén

El Pato Rojo

No-frills but often packed to the gills, the 'Red Duck' concentrates on one thing – top seafood tapas. Unless you've grabbed one of the few tables out on the narrow pavement, it's a matter of squeezing up to the bar…
Andalucian in Jaén

Taberna La Manchega

La Manchega has been in action since the 1880s; apart from enjoying the bocadillos (long bread rolls with fillings including five types of tortilla) and raciones (full plates of tapas items) such as chorizo de cierv…
Architecture in Jaén

Palacio del Condestable Iranzo

This much altered 15th-century palace now houses the city culture department and a library, but it's worth finding your way to the Salón del Condestable inside to see its colourful original artesonado (latticed wood…
Cafe in Jaén

Colombia 50 Café

A large cafe with a sort of tropical-colonial ambience, Colombia is busy most of the day and a fine place for breakfast. Try one of their blankitas (toasted bread with assorted toppings, including partridge-and-toma…
Bar in Jaén

Deán

The interior is small and cramped with punters spilling out on to the leafy square, but Deán has a pulsating late-night vibe with its industrial-steel piping and pumping music. During the day it's more of a cafe, wi…