Battle of las Navas de Tolosa.

Santa Elena

In 1212, the Christian troops, led by Alfonso VIII, were victorious against the Almohad troops in the Battle of Navas de Tolosa (in Santa Elena, Jaén). Eight centuries after the battle, very close to where the events took place, stands a Museum dedicated to the combat, a turning point in the Christian conquest of Al-Andalus that initiated the decline of the Almohad empire’s power.

Location map
Location and Access

The Museum of the Battle of Navas de Tolosa.
Autovía Madrid-Cádiz A-IV, salida 257.
Ctra. de Miranda del Rey, s/n.
Santa Elena, Jaén

  • Latitude:  38.342809
  • Longitude:  -3.548855
Visiting Times
  • Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00 (October to May) and 17:00 to 20:00 (June to September).
  • Sundays, 10:00 to 14:00 and 15:30 to 18:30.
  • Monday, closed, except for public holidays and the eve of public holidays.
Other Services
  • Guided tours
  • Audio guides
  • Shop
  • Café
  • Conference and function rooms
  • Picnic and playground area
  • Car park
  • Cloakroom and left-luggage office
  • Tourist information on the province
  • Walks around the battleground
  • Routes through Despeñaperros Natural Park
  • Educational workshops for schoolchildren