Úbeda attractions

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 Historic Building in Úbeda

Sinagoga del Agua

The medieval Sinagoga del Agua was discovered in 2006 by a refreshingly ethical property developer who intended to build apartments here, only to discover that every swing of the pickaxe revealed some tantalising pi…
Top Choice Historic Building in Úbeda

Palacio de Vázquez de Molina

Úbeda's ayuntamiento (town hall) is undoubtedly one of, if not the, most beautiful town halls in Spain. It was built by Vandelvira in about 1562 as a mansion for Juan Vázquez de Molina, whose coat of arms surmounts …
Plaza in Úbeda

Plaza Vázquez de Molina

The lovely Plaza Vázquez de Molina is the monumental heart of Úbeda's old town and the perfect place to start exploring. An early case of Andalucian urban redevelopment, the plaza took on its present aspect in the 1…
Museum in Úbeda

Casa Museo Andalusí

This fascinating private museum comprises a 16th-century house that was inhabited by conversos (Jews who converted to Christianity) and a huge, diverse collection of antiques assembled by owner Paco Castro. The info…
Plaza in Úbeda

Plaza 1˚ de Mayo

Broad Plaza 1º de Mayo was originally Úbeda's market square and bullring. It was also the grisly site of Inquisition burnings, which local bigwigs used to watch from the gallery of the Antiguo Ayuntamiento in the so…
Historic Building in Úbeda

Palacio Vela de los Cobos

This fascinating Vandelvira-designed 16th-century mansion, elegantly restored in the 19th century, is still a private home, fully furnished and replete with paintings, antiques and books. The owner guides tours hims…
Historic Building in Úbeda

Hospital de Santiago

Andrés de Vandelvira’s last architectural project, completed in 1575, has been dubbed the Escorial of Andalucía in reference to the famous monastery outside Madrid, built in a similarly grand, austere late-Renaissan…
Church in Úbeda

Iglesia de Santa María de los Reales Alcázares

Úbeda's grand parish church, founded in the 13th century on the site of Islamic Úbeda's main mosque, is a conglomerate of Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance, baroque and neoclassical styles. The main portico, facing Plaza…
Museum in Úbeda

Museo de San Juan de la Cruz

This sizeable museum, part of the Convento de San Miguel, is devoted to the famous mystic and religious reformer St John of the Cross, who died here in 1591. The many memorabilia and relics include some of St John's…