Miller

Miller


This remote village is surrounded by walnut trees, pines and luxuriant orchards and is a veritable spring in its own right: it is home to the sources of at least four bodies of water, meaning that you will be accompanied by the almost-constant burble of fountains, springs and irrigation channels as you pass through the village. The streets of Miller contain fine examples of bread ovens, olive mills and public washing areas, important examples of an ethnological heritage that has enabled many generations to survive in this harsh yet beautiful landscape.

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Los Goldines (Santiago-Pontones)

Los Goldines (Santiago-Pontones)


The overwhelming sense of desolation in the village of Los Goldines, which is easily accessible and situated in the midst of an outstandingly beautiful landscape, can help you understand the terrible events that befell many residents in the mountains and which they still remember to this day. These events were the result of despotic decisions by a government that brooked no dissenting voices and acted with the impunity endowed upon it by Franco’s dictatorship.

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Villages Along the River Madera

Villages Along the River Madera


Nestled within the finest examples of Corsican pine forest in Spain are the farms and villages that dot the valley of the River Madera. Two in particular - Prados de la Mesta and Arroyo Canales – stand out from the rest, although along the entire length of the road you can see other farms and hamlets and their pastures, where livestock will be grazing and where you may spot groups of organically raised pigs.

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Villages Along the River Trujala

Villages Along the River Trujala


Near the River Trujala, in a country of olive groves and forests of Aleppo pine, there are a number of villages all within a short distance of one another: Cortijo del Soto, El Porche and El Batán. They are still inhabited and hold their local festivals on the first weekend in May. Cortijo del Soto boasts two bridges, one new bridge alongside a disused older one made from brick and stone.

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Los Anchos

Los Anchos


From the crossroads at La Venta Rampias a narrow road leads to the village of Los Anchos. For the first 4 kilometres or so it seems as though the road will simply disappear into the mountains, but after a while you will start to see a number of terraced orchards that indicate the frontiers of human presence. After passing the first group of buildings, which includes the Alma Serrana Museum of Ethnology, you will arrive at Los Anchos and be transported back in time to a place of cobbled streets, a communal oven, a small hermitage and a public washing area where the watery reflections transmit an air of tranquillity over the village.

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La Ballestera and Montalvo

La Ballestera and Montalvo


A very narrow, tree-lined road takes you into La Ballestera. You will pass by a bread oven and an old barn, both testament to an earlier epoch and the self-sufficient nature of this village. The orchards also contain pine trees and a number of olive trees, planted due to the great need for oil in times gone by.

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Belerda and Don Pedro

Belerda and Don Pedro


Belerda, or Las Belerdas, is very near to Casillas de Don Pedro, a town with which it has a strong social and historical relationship. Casillas de Don Pedro is situated beneath the series of natural and historical sites and shrines at Tíscar and is notable for the Picón Larguillo, a spectacular, gravity-defying landform that welcomes visitors to the town.

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Burunchel

Burunchel


Burunchel is situated on a slope and still preserves traces of its previous existence as an expanse of pastureland. It is one of the entrance points for the park and is worth visiting just to see the whitewashed facade of the hermitage of San Julián, which dates back to the 15th century.

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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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La Capellanía

La Capellanía


The road to La Capellanía is lined with cistus, rosemary and pine trees, while the land leading up to the village is home to small orchards interspersed with olive trees and more pines. In the centre of La Capellanía is an enormous meadow, from which a number of tracks lead off to the different hamlets.

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Casa de las Cadenas (Cazorla)

Casa de las Cadenas (Cazorla)


The Casa de las Cadenas is situated on land that was once occupied by the house belonging to the Marquess of Camarasa, and still contains a stone plaque that was once part of the old building. This house provides an insight into the architecture of this type that you will find in the park’s towns and villages; an architecture that consists of large manorial houses and which bears little relation to the rest of the structures found in the park. It is the result of the selling-off and privatisation of public property that took place during the 19th century, when a number of major property-owners gained possession of large tracts of land in the mountains.

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Bujaraiza Castle

Bujaraiza Castle


This small fortress was built by the Moors on a hill, which became an island when the water levels in the reservoir rose. As a result, the castle has a certain charm, despite its poor state of conservation. It can be observed from the Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente viewing point at kilometre 60.5.

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Segura de la Sierra Castle

Segura de la Sierra Castle


Segura de la Sierra Castle is one of the most attractive sites in the park, due to its magical location: sitting proudly atop a high hill and looking down on the town below, it will draw your gaze like a magnet as soon as you enter the region. Today the castle houses a themed exhibition entitled “Frontier Territory”. Its chambers will immerse you in medieval life and history, whilst from its battlements you can observe the conjunction of two magnificently fertile worlds: the towns, villages and olive groves in the lowland areas and the large forests in the surrounding mountains, dominated by El Yelmo.

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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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La Espinareda

La Espinareda


La Espinareda is one of the park's most enchanting villages, owing to its location near the ruins of the diminutive Espinareda Castle, which gave the village its name. It features narrow streets, whitewashed walls and small roofs that extend out to touch the sides of the slope itself, in addition to a covered rail that marks a viewing spot with superb vistas out over the rest of the valley.

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