Santiago - Pontones

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Santiago - Pontones

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 to 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 considered the ‘capital’ of the Nature Reserve’s livestock area, where sheep farming has played a decisive role in shaping the countryside and local customs.


Near Santiago de la Espada there are several rock shelters with cave paintings and a multitude of hamlets, some of which are only inhabited in the warmer months.

Nearby Pontones, which was the leading town in its municipal district until the 1960s, was integrated into the municipal district of Santiago de la Espada under the name Santiago-Pontones. Pontones is divided into two parts: Pontón Alto, the upper part, and Pontón Bajo, the lower part. 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. The source of the Segura river is very close to Pontones.



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