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Visiting the towns of Santiago de la Espada and Pontones

Santiago de la Espada.

Until 1691, Santiago was a hamlet of Segura de la Sierra known as El Hornillo (the Little Oven) because the founders gathered around an oven where they baked bread. The town has a special atmosphere and a friendly deposition towards visitors owing to its isolation in a remote area of Jaén province. The climate there is more similar to the plains of Castile than Andalusia and it often snows in winter. Orchards and vegetable gardens surround the town, as well as sizeable walnut trees that can be spotted from several viewpoints.


The town is divided into two sections: Pontón Alto, in the upper part of town, and Pontón Bajo, in the lower. The bridges over the Segura river that link the two parts are responsible for the name of the town, for pontón means bridge. The town’s singular layout affords a pleasant walk. If you start at Pontón Bajo and head for Pontón Alto, you come to a curious natural hole in a vertical rock face, known as the Piedra Horadada.

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