Arroyo del Ojanco

Arroyo del Ojanco


This town, situated outside of the Nature Reserve, is in an exceptional spot on a vast olive-growing plain traversed by the main N-322 road. It is the youngest municipality in Jaen Province, owing to the fact that the long drawn-out process of separation from the town of Beas de Segura did not end until 2001. The ancient olive tree of Fuentebuena, over a thousand years old, is not far from the town. It is ten metres tall and four metres in diameter, which merited it a listing as a Singular Andalusian Tree for its size.

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Beas de Segura

Beas de Segura


The history of this town, population 5500, was marked by the visit of two great Spanish mystics: Saint Teresa of Jesus and Saint John of the Cross, leading figures in the “16th Century and Mysticism” themed space. The memorable Carmelite Convent, founded by Saint Teresa, keeps relics of the two saints. The town also has a 16th century Convent of the “Clarisas”.

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Benatae

Benatae


A small town of white-washed houses and a peaceful ambience, Benatae lies at foot of Peñalta, a mountain with several forest tracks and paths suitable for delightful excursions. The summit, an airy rocky outcrop at an elevation of 1400 m, is crowned by a small forest fire lookout hut that affords glorious views.

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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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Chilluévar

Chilluévar


Chilluévar is a town half-way between the mountain and the open countryside. It is one of the historical settlements in this region, a small agricultural town given over to growing olives and garden produce on the banks of the Cerezuelo and Cañamares rivers and in the lowlands.

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Génave

Génave


Génave, with a population little more than 600 inhabitants, pioneered the production of organic extra virgin olive oil in Andalusia. The international success of this exquisite product shows that commercial viability is compatible with environmentally friendly agricultural practices. The Sierra de Génave Co-op has an Organic Olive Growing Visitor Centre where visitors can learn more about the co-op’s experience and the traditional olive culture in this area.

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Hinojares

Hinojares


The first human settlements in Hinojares date back to the 7th and 6th centuries BC, as the remnants of the 4th century BC Iberian archaeological site of Castellones de Ceal show.

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Hornos de Segura

Hornos de Segura


Situated in the heart of the Nature Reserve, perched aloft a crag, Hornos de Segura staggers visitors with its strategic and defensive position overlooking the entire valley, which evidences the human need for protection against attack. The monuments, viewpoints and narrow irregular streets, a legacy of its Moorish past, secured the town’s declaration as a Historical-Artistic Site. Mention should also be made of the clean streets and the colourful flowerpots hanging on the walls and windows of the houses.

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Huesa

Huesa


Huesa is defined by the Guadiana Menor river valley, which is divided into two very different types of scenery: lush mountains and a sub-desert landscape. Few places can boast such as stunning landscape as the mountains of Sierra del Caballo (1460 m), to which this town seems to cling. The recently remodelled town centre of Huesa focuses attention on the mountain views that almost seem to be within reach from the main square.

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Iznatoraf

Iznatoraf


The silhouette of this small town stands out aloft the hilltop on which the town is perched, 1000 m above sea level. This privileged location forms a vantage point between the large depressions formed by the rivers Guadalquivir and Guadalimar. Enjoy strolling through the maze-like streets of this medieval town with a Moorish-sounding name, decorated with flowerpots in the form of beautiful hanging gardens with geraniums, carnations, basil and jasmine. However, the town’s most captivating feature is afforded by the magnificent views of the olive groves and mountains in the nature reserve, which you can enjoy from several points equipped with information panels on the scenery.

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La Puerta de Segura

La Puerta de Segura


La Puerta de Segura is divided by the river Guadalquivir, where a promenade known as El BARCO follows the riverbed. At the top of the town, next to the old road to Orcera, there is a path signposted as PR-A 197. It goes through the sheltered valley of Arroyo de Las Cañadas in a gentle climb past vegetable gardens, olive groves, almond trees and little farmhouses in a country setting harmoniously transformed by human activity.

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Orcera

Orcera


Orcera, population 2000, lies in the shadow of the Peñalta mountain, on the borderline between pine forests and olive groves. It is right in the middle of the north end of the Nature Reserve. The historical centre, known as El Pensacola, is full of narrow winding streets, hanging flowers and steps that lead to charming little squares. The Armijo bathing area, surprisingly large and in a natural setting, is open in summer.

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Peal de Becerro

Peal de Becerro


The place known today as Peal de Becerro was once occupied by flourishing Iberian settlements: The Toya burial chamber is one of the most fascinating legacies from that period.

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Pozo Alcón

Pozo Alcón


Pozo Alcón is the link between the provinces of Granada and Jaén, between the Guadiana Menor river valley and the heart of the Nature Reserve, and between the highest peaks and forests and the source of the Guadalquivir river. Pozo Alcón is a regional point of reference as the place that centralises certain services, and therefore it is one of the most important towns in this sparsely populated territory.

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Puente de Génave

Puente de Génave


Puente de Genave is on the banks of the Guadalimar river, in the midst of olive grove country, and it is very well communicated by the N-322 main road that passes right next to it. Although it is a relatively modern town – it gained town status in 1933 – it still preserves some traces of its historic past, embodied in the Roman bridge of Puente Viejo and in the new bridge, Puente Nuevo, which was built next to it in the 19th century. The controversial Unicaja bank building, that has been considered an example of kitsch architecture, also draws visitors’ attention. The parish church of San Isidro Labrador was erected in the 19th century.

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