Castle of Santa Catalina, in Jaén.


The castle played a major role in the battles between Moors and Christians. The Castle of Santa Catalina acquired special relevance in the Peninsular War, when it was turned into an important base of operations for Napoleon’s troops. Its excellent location afforded phenomenal views over most of the province, the city of Jaén and the city’s cathedral, in particular.

Location map
Location and Access

The castle can be reached via the ring road to the west of the city of Jaén. To get to the ring road from Cordoba, go through the Barrio de la Magdalena neighbourhood. Coming from Granada, start at the Plaza de Santa María (where the City Hall and cathedral are) and take Carrera de Jesús, which continues along Travesía Tiro Nacional until it links up with the ring road. From Madrid, circle the city from any of the accesses described.

  • Latitude:  37.767373
  • Longitude:  -3.799535
Visiting Times
  • Winter, 15 October to 15 May: Morning, 10:00 – 14:00. Afternoon, 15:30 – 19:30
  • Summer, 16 May to 16 October: Morning, 10:00 – 14:00. Afternoon, 17:00 – 21:00
  • Closed Sunday afternoon and Monday, except on holidays.
Other Services
  • Car park in the vicinity of the Parador, with capacity for coaches.
  • Castle of Santa Catalina Visitor Centre.