Linarejos Recreational Area

Linarejos Recreational Area


Set in the midst of luxuriant vegetation, with the Linarejos stream running through it, this is one of the most accessible and popular recreational areas in the Sierra de Cazorla mountains and an important example of all that awaits you in the mountains: crystal-clear streams surrounded by green forests, luxurious riparian vegetation, refreshing coolness, pine trees and wild animals all around.

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Puente de las Herrerías Recreational Area

Puente de las Herrerías Recreational Area


The Puente de las Herrerías and the surrounding area is one of the most well-known places in the Upper Guadalquivir. It is a wonderful place to start some of the most interesting routes in the Sierra de Cazorla mountains and the recreational area affords a good place to stop for a refreshing break close to the strong currents of the upper reaches of the Guadalquivir river. The bridge, built on a foundation of porous limestone ashlars – known locally as toba – is perfectly integrated into the landscape.

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The Headwaters of the Guadalentín via Fuente Acero

The Headwaters of the Guadalentín via Fuente Acero


The course of the River Guadalentín has carved out a valley of immense beauty. The riverbanks are covered with lush vegetation: maples, ashes, poplars and gall oaks will line your route, while the river itself flows slowly through a series of crystal-clear pools that are home to otters and the native white-clawed crayfish, before quickening its pace through areas in which the banks narrow to form gorges. This is an indispensable excursion for anyone who wishes to become better acquainted with the Nature Park.

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Iberian Funeral Chamber at Toya

Iberian Funeral Chamber at Toya


MUSEUMS AND VISITOR CENTRES
Kilometre 5.5, Peal-Toya road
23460Peal de BecerroJaén (Spain)
Tel: 953 730 011

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Cascada la Escaruela

Cascada la Escaruela


Looking out over the waterfall known as the Cascada de la Escaleruela, you will espy a charming little stream, covered with vegetation to such an extent that you will barely see the water flowing beneath it. Lifting your gaze upwards, between limestone rock-faces, you may spot a gushing torrent with numerous waterfalls that are only visible at times of heavy rain or during thaws. Although this spot is close to the populated areas of Cazorla and La Iruela, the wildness of the natural world makes its presence felt here in the form of this spectacular waterfall, which provides a taste of the sights to come as you head deeper into the park.

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Cazorla

Cazorla


Discovering Cazorla is a gift for any traveller. Its magnificent location showcases, on the one hand, rugged natural mountain ranges, and on the other, extensive olive groves. The old quarters conserve beautiful stone buildings, balconies decorated with flowers, fountains and magnificent viewpoints. These characteristics of an Andalusian mountain town contrast with the modern cultural town that exists today, offering music, theatre, museums and fine cuisine that will make you want to return.

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Cazorla - Plaza de Santa María

Cazorla - Plaza de Santa María


If you travel on foot to the Plaza Vieja or Plaza de Santa María through the old quarter of Cazorla you will be pleasantly surprised. The open spaces, combined with the soaring crags of Peña de los Halcones and Gilillo and the impressive spectacle of La Yedra Castle, are constantly trying to draw your attention away from your immediate surroundings ; however, it would be a shame to let them do so, because in front of you is a beautiful square full of history and charming details, along with the impressive ruins of the church of Santa María which never fail to captivate the many visitors who make their way here.

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Endangered Species Centre

Endangered Species Centre


This small centre promotes the idea that every citizen should participate in the defence and conservation of animals and plants that have been impacted by human activity.


MUSEUMS AND VISITOR CENTRES
Edificio Antiguas Carnicerías. Plaza Santa María, s/n
23470CazorlaJaén (Spain)
Tel: 953 720 923
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Luxuriant Nature Centre

Luxuriant Nature Centre


MUSEUMS AND VISITOR CENTRES
Camino del Ángel, 7
23470CazorlaJaén (Spain)
Tel: 953 721 791
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Cortados el Chorro

Cortados el Chorro


This steep cliff, situated just a few metres from the trail, is an ideal place for observing carrion birds such as griffon vultures and Egyptian vultures. Deep cracks which have formed in the limestone walls of this spectacular gorge are used by a wide variety of birds to nest in: mottled swifts, common kestrels and even peregrine falcons can be seen soaring ceaselessly above the Chorro stream, which is swelled by the meltwater running off the slopes of Gilillo and plunging fully 70 metres down into the ravine below.

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Aguas Negras Reservoir and Lake Valdeazores

Aguas Negras Reservoir and Lake Valdeazores


Although the natural beauty and richness of these two areas has resulted in a countless number of day-trippers coming to visit them in recent decades, they have managed to preserve their uniqueness and splendour. They are located in one of the most heavily protected areas of the park owing to the extremely delicate nature of their ecosystems, a delicacy which has resulted in a veritable explosion of biodiversity: mallards, coots and robins are just some of the many birds which have found ideal homes in these bodies of water and the vegetation which surrounds them.

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Estrecho los Perales

Estrecho los Perales


This remarkable gorge is renowned for its intriguing rock formations, while at its bottom the Valdetrillos stream rushes through a series of energetic rapids, adding its exuberant soundtrack to the landscape. Here it is easy to observe how the agile mouflon and spritely Spanish ibex make their way across the vertical rock faces, and you may even be treated to the majestic sight of golden eagles, booted eagles and griffon vultures soaring high above. At the end section of Calarillas Valley you can take in a view of the highest mountains in the park.

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La Iruela

La Iruela


The road leading up to the mountains from Cazorla passes alongside this small yet remarkable village. Its profile is well known thanks to its castle, a legendary fortress dominating the Guadalquivir valley and which entered into the hands of the Templars. The need for defence led to the construction of a castle that, on its steepest side at least, is utterly impregnable. However, La Iruela is also home to other attractions.

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Almedina Historic Olive Mill Museum, Cazorla

Almedina Historic Olive Mill Museum, Cazorla


MUSEUMS AND VISITOR CENTRES
Kilometre 12 on the A-319 from Peal de Becerro to Tranco
23470CazorlaJaén (Spain)
Tel: 953 720 331
Tel 2: 600 079 829

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Museum of Traditional Arts and Customs of the Upper Guadalquivir, La Yedra Castle

Museum of Traditional Arts and Customs of the Upper Guadalquivir, La Yedra Castle


The most iconic historical building in Cazorla, La Yedra Castle, is also home to this small museum.


MUSEUMS AND VISITOR CENTRES
Camino del Ángel, s/n
23470CazorlaJaén (Spain)
Tel: 953 710 039
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