The conquest of al-Andalus.

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1. Arrival and a guided tour of the Museum of the Battle of Navas de Tolosa. Check-in to the selected hotel from 12:00. Lunch. In the afternoon, guided tours of Burgalimar Castle, the “Torreón del Recuerdo” visitor centre and the old quarter of the town of Baños de la Encina. Dinner at the hotel.
  • DAY 2. Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, guided tours of the Museum of the Battle of Bailén and an olive-oil mill with opportunities to learn about, taste and purchase superior quality olive oil. Lunch on the route at a tapas bar in Bailén. In the afternoon, a visit to a pottery workshop in Bailén, including a pottery workshop. Dinner at the hotel.
  • DAY 3. Breakfast at the hotel. Unaccompanied tours of the Cástulo archaeological site, as well as the Raphael Museum and the Mining Museum in Linares. Lunch along the famous route of tapas bars in Linares.

INCLUDES

Two nights at a hotel half board (breakfast and dinner). Entry to the museums and visitor centres on days 1 and 2. Guided tours in Baños de la Encina. Entry and tasting session in the olive-oil mill. Visit to the pottery workshop. A list of recommended restaurants and taverns in Bailén and Linares will be provided. Important: Unless expressly stated otherwise, the average duration of the visits is 2 hours and this does not include the transfers between the towns.

IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

Despeñaperros and Sierra de Andújar Natural Parks, as well as the towns of Úbeda and Baeza, which have been inscribed on the World Heritage List.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The Cimbarra Waterfall during the rainy season. The mining town of El Centenillo and the region of NuevasPoblaciones. Visit an equestrian centre and go for a ride on horseback through the Natural Parks. Visit a ranch which breeds fighting bulls (check dates and availability).

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

Visit to a ranch which breeds fighting bulls and a meal at the same farm (€30/person). Pottery workshop (€5/person). 4×4 tour in the Sierra de Andújar during September and October to spot deer during mating season (€30/person). Horseback riding (€20/person/hour). These optional activities require a group of at least 8 people and their average duration is approximately 3 hours.  Confirm prices, dates and availability. You can also stay overnight at a first-class campsite.

REGARDING STAYS IN ANY BOOKED ACCOMMODATION

- The prices stated are final, including V.A.T.

- The programmes listed are the same throughout the year. However, depending on the season, activities that complement those which have been described in detail may be included as optional or recommended to make your stay along the Route of the Castles and Battlegrounds of Jaén as appealing and varied as possible, as well as being authentic.

- The timetables may be adjusted according to the availability of the party providing the service.

- Except for those expressly stated, the activities do not require a minimum number of people.

- It is recommended that you check availabilities and prices according to dates, the number of days that you are staying and the number of travellers.

- The majority of the accommodation is three-star hotels.

- Depending on availability, the accommodation can be changed to a hotel of a similar or higher class.

- Foreign visitors can be provided with a guide who speaks English, from their arrival at the destination. Service available at an extra cost.

- Should you require it, there is a pick-up and transfer service available from Granada-Jaén Federico García Lorca Airport. Service available at an extra cost.

- Check prices, conditions and availability for special dates, a supplement fee for individuals, discounts for children, cot service and internet connection, amongst other options.

History and Nature in Sierra Morena.

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1. Arrival and a guided tour of the Museum of the Battle of Navas de Tolosa. From 12:00, check-in to the selected hotel. Lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to the Peñalosa archaeological site walking along the path known as the Sendero del Bronce. Dinner at the hotel.
  • DAY 2. Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, guided tours of Burgalimar Castle and the Territorial Museum in Baños de la Encina, and a visit to a ranch which breeds fighting bulls in Vilches, with an optional lunch at the same farm.

INCLUDES

One night at a hotel half board. Guided tours of the Museum of the Battle of Navas de Tolosa (a group of at least 20 people is required) and Burgalimar Castle. Hiking trip along the GR48 to the Peñalosa site (3 hours approx.). Guided tour of the ranch which breeds fighting bulls (3 hours approx.). Important: Unless expressly stated otherwise, the average duration of the visits is 2 hours and this does not include the transfers between the towns.

IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

Despeñaperros and Sierra de Andújar Natural Parks. The towns of Úbeda and Baeza, which have been inscribed on the World Heritage List.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The Mining Museum and the Raphael Museum in Linares. The path known as the Sendero “El Empedraillo”, the Muñecos Cave and the Castle of Castro Ferral in Despeñaperros Natural Park. The Cimbarra Waterfall in Aldeaquemada.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

Outdoor meal at a farm which also has a ranch that breeds fighting bulls (€20/person). Equestrian centre (€20/person/hour). 4×4 tour in the Sierra de Andújar during September and October to spot deer during mating season (€30/person). These options require groups of at least 8 people. The average duration of these options is 3 hours. You can also stay overnight at a first-class campsite.

REGARDING STAYS IN ANY BOOKED ACCOMMODATION

- The prices stated are final, including V.A.T.

- The programmes listed are the same throughout the year. However, depending on the season, activities that complement those which have been described in detail may be included as optional or recommended to make your stay along the Route of the Castles and Battlegrounds of Jaén as appealing and varied as possible, as well as being authentic.

- The timetables may be adjusted according to the availability of the party providing the service.

- Except for those expressly stated, the activities do not require a minimum number of people.

- It is recommended that you check availabilities and prices according to dates, the number of days that you are staying and the number of travellers.

- The majority of the accommodation is three-star hotels.

- Depending on availability, the accommodation can be changed to a hotel of a similar or higher class.

- Foreign visitors can be provided with a guide who speaks English, from their arrival at the destination. Service available at an extra cost.

- Should you require it, there is a pick-up and transfer service available from Granada-Jaén Federico García Lorca Airport. Service available at an extra cost.

- Check prices, conditions and availability for special dates, a supplement fee for individuals, discounts for children, cot service and internet connection, amongst other options.

Jaén, capital city of the Holy Kingdom.

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1. Check-in to the selected hotel from 12:00. In the afternoon, a guided tour of the old quarter of Jaén and its monuments, including the Cathedral of the Asunción and the Arab Baths. An olive-oil-tasting workshop and the opportunity to buy a selection of typical products. Dinner in one of the typical taverns in the old quarter of the city.
  • DAY 2. Breakfast at the hotel. Visits to the Castle of Santa Catalina and the Provincial Museum of Jaén.

INCLUDES
One night in a hotel with bed-and-breakfast. Guided tours of the old quarter and the Cathedral of the Asunción. A visit to the Provincial Museum. Olive-oil tasting. A list of recommended restaurants and taverns will be provided. Important: Unless expressly stated otherwise, the average duration of the visits is 2 hours and this does not include the transfers between the towns.

IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

The Olive Oil Green Route for bikes through several municipalities in La Campiña. Sierra Mágina Natural Park. The towns of Úbeda and Baeza, which have been inscribed on the World Heritage List.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The Church of the Sagrario, the Church of San Ildefonso and the Chapel of San Andrés.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

Tasting menu in a restaurant serving typical food (€30/person).

REGARDING STAYS IN ANY BOOKED ACCOMMODATION

- The prices stated are final, including V.A.T.

- The programmes listed are the same throughout the year. However, depending on the season, activities that complement those which have been described in detail may be included as optional or recommended to make your stay along the Route of the Castles and Battlegrounds of Jaén as appealing and varied as possible, as well as being authentic.

- The timetables may be adjusted according to the availability of the party providing the service.

- Except for those expressly stated, the activities do not require a minimum number of people.

- It is recommended that you check availabilities and prices according to dates, the number of days that you are staying and the number of travellers.

- The majority of the accommodation is three-star hotels.

- Depending on availability, the accommodation can be changed to a hotel of a similar or higher class.

- Foreign visitors can be provided with a guide who speaks English, from their arrival at the destination. Service available at an extra cost.

- Should you require it, there is a pick-up and transfer service available from Granada-Jaén Federico García Lorca Airport. Service available at an extra cost.

- Check prices, conditions and availability for special dates, a supplement fee for individuals, discounts for children, cot service and internet connection, amongst other options.

To the Middle Ages along the Olive Oil Green Route.

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1. Check-in to the selected accommodation from 12:00. In the afternoon, guided tours of the visitor centre focusing on the Military Order of Calatrava in the Castle of Alcaudete and the old quarter of the locality, or of the Fortress of la Mota in Alcalá la Real and the old quarter of the city.  Dinner at the hotel.
  • DAY 2. Breakfast at accommodation. During the day, a bike ride or a hike along the Olive Oil Green Route (55 km), crossing the municipalities of Martos, Torredelcampo, Torredonjimeno, Jaén and returning to Alcaudete.

INCLUDES

One night’s accommodation half board. Guided tours of the Castle of Alcaudete and the old quarter of the town, or of the Fortress of la Mota in Alcalá la Real and the old quarter of the town. Important: Unless expressly stated otherwise, the average duration of the visits is 2 hours and this does not include the transfers between the towns.

IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

Small hamlets and villages in the southern mountains near to Alcaudete and Alcalá la Real.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Craft shops, a dairy, natural artisanal cosmetics and the Hilandera Museum in Alcalá la Real.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

Bicycle hire not included. Medieval dinner in the Stables of the Castle of Alcaudete (€25/person), for groups of at least 20 people. Theatrical tours of the Castle of Alcaudete and the Fortress of la Mota in Alcalá la Real.

REGARDING STAYS IN ANY BOOKED ACCOMMODATION

- The prices stated are final, including V.A.T.

- The programmes listed are the same throughout the year. However, depending on the season, activities that complement those which have been described in detail may be included as optional or recommended to make your stay along the Route of the Castles and Battlegrounds of Jaén as appealing and varied as possible, as well as being authentic.

- The timetables may be adjusted according to the availability of the party providing the service.

- Except for those expressly stated, the activities do not require a minimum number of people.

- It is recommended that you check availabilities and prices according to dates, the number of days that you are staying and the number of travellers.

- The majority of the accommodation is three-star hotels.

- Depending on availability, the accommodation can be changed to a hotel of a similar or higher class.

- Foreign visitors can be provided with a guide who speaks English, from their arrival at the destination. Service available at an extra cost.

- Should you require it, there is a pick-up and transfer service available from Granada-Jaén Federico García Lorca Airport. Service available at an extra cost.

- Check prices, conditions and availability for special dates, a supplement fee for individuals, discounts for children, cot service and internet connection, amongst other options.

The Order of Calatrava through la Campiña.

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1. Check-in to selected accommodation, from 12:00. Lunch. In the afternoon, guided tours of the Castle and La Tercia House in Lopera, and the Castle of the Troubadour Macías in Arjonilla. Dinner.
  • DAY 2. Breakfast at accommodation. Guided tour of the Museum and the City Walls in Arjona. Guided tours of the factory that produces the traditional Productos Campos sweets in Arjona and of the Tower of Boabdil in Porcuna.

INCLUDES

One night in a bed-and-breakfast hotel. Guided tours of the Castle of Lopera and La Tercia House. A guided tour of the Castle of the Troubadour Macías. Guided tours of the Productos Campos sweet factory and the Museum and City Walls in Arjona. Important: Unless expressly stated otherwise, the average duration of the visits is 2 hours and this does not include the transfers between the localities.

IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

The Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Cabeza in the Sierra de Andújar Natural Park.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Bird and Iberian-lynx watching, as well as bike and hiking routes through the Sierra de Andújar Natural Park. Civil-War Trenches in Lopera. An air-raid shelter in Arjonilla. The Cerrillo Blanco archaeological site and visitors centre and the Casa de Piedra (House of Stone) in Porcuna. Check visiting times.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

A trip through the Sierra de Andújar Natural Park in a 4×4 (€30/person). Duration: 3 hours. Groups of at least 8 people.

REGARDING STAYS IN ANY BOOKED ACCOMMODATION

- The prices stated are final, including V.A.T.

- The programmes listed are the same throughout the year. However, depending on the season, activities that complement those which have been described in detail may be included as optional or recommended to make your stay along the Route of the Castles and Battlegrounds of Jaén as appealing and varied as possible, as well as being authentic.

- The timetables may be adjusted according to the availability of the party providing the service.

- Except for those expressly stated, the activities do not require a minimum number of people.

- It is recommended that you check availabilities and prices according to dates, the number of days that you are staying and the number of travellers.

- The majority of the accommodation is three-star hotels.

- Depending on availability, the accommodation can be changed to a hotel of a similar or higher class.

- Foreign visitors can be provided with a guide who speaks English, from their arrival at the destination. Service available at an extra cost.

- Should you require it, there is a pick-up and transfer service available from Granada-Jaén Federico García Lorca Airport. Service available at an extra cost.

- Check prices, conditions and availability for special dates, a supplement fee for individuals, discounts for children, cot service and internet connection, amongst other options.

The Borderlands.

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1. Check-in to selected accommodation, from 12:00. In the afternoon, guided tours of the visitor centre focusing on the Military Order of Calatrava in the Castle of Alcaudete and the old quarter of the locality. Dinner at accommodation.
  • DAY 2. Breakfast at accommodation. In the morning, a visit to the Fortress of la Mota and a craft-beer factory. Tapas in one of the typical taverns in Alcalá la Real. In the afternoon, a trip without a guide to the handicraft shops in the locality. Dinner at accommodation.
  • DAY 3. Breakfast at accommodation. A hike or bike ride along the Olive Oil Green Route and a visit to a winery.

INCLUDES

Two nights’ accommodation half board. Guided tours of the Castle of Alcaudete and the Fortress of la Mota in Alcalá la Real. A visit to a craft-beer factory (1 hour approx.). A visit to a winery. A list of recommended restaurants and taverns will be provided. Important: Unless expressly stated otherwise, the average duration of the visits is 2 hours and this does not include the transfers between the localities.

IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

The Olive Oil Green Route, as well as the hamlets and villages around Alcaudete and Alcalá la Real in the Sierra Sur de Jaén area.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Craft shops, a dairy, natural artisanal cosmetics and the Hilandera Museum in Alcalá la Real.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

Medieval dinner in the Stables of the Castle of Alcaudete (€25/person), for groups of at least 20 people. Theatrical tours of the Castle of Alcaudete and the Fortress of La Mota in Alcalá la Real. A visit to the Marcelino Serrano Winery and a wine-tasting session (€15/person), for groups of at least 10 people.

REGARDING STAYS IN ANY BOOKED ACCOMMODATION

- The prices stated are final, including V.A.T.

- The programmes listed are the same throughout the year. However, depending on the season, activities that complement those which have been described in detail may be included as optional or recommended to make your stay along the Route of the Castles and Battlegrounds of Jaén as appealing and varied as possible, as well as being authentic.

- The timetables may be adjusted according to the availability of the party providing the service.

- Except for those expressly stated, the activities do not require a minimum number of people.

- It is recommended that you check availabilities and prices according to dates, the number of days that you are staying and the number of travellers.

- The majority of the accommodation is three-star hotels.

- Depending on availability, the accommodation can be changed to a hotel of a similar or higher class.

- Foreign visitors can be provided with a guide who speaks English, from their arrival at the destination. Service available at an extra cost.

- Should you require it, there is a pick-up and transfer service available from Granada-Jaén Federico García Lorca Airport. Service available at an extra cost.

- Check prices, conditions and availability for special dates, a supplement fee for individuals, discounts for children, cot service and internet connection, amongst other options.

Discover the Route of the Castles and Battlegrounds of Jaén

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1. A guided tour of the Museum of the Battle of Navas de Tolosa. Check-in to the selected accommodation from 12:00. Lunch. Guided tour of Baños de la Encina and its Castle. Dinner.
  • DAY 2. Breakfast at accommodation. A bike ride or a hike, without a guide, through the Sierra de Andújar Natural Park. In the afternoon, a guided tour of the Museum of the Battle of Bailén and a handicrafts workshop. Dinner following the Bailén tapas route.
  • DAY 3. Breakfast at accommodation. A guided tour of a ranch which rears fighting bulls and pure-bred Andalusian horses. In the afternoon, a visit to the open-air shopping centre in Linares or to one of its museums (the Raphael Museum or the visitor centre focusing on mining). Dinner on the famous route at a tapas bar in Linares.
  • DAY 4. Breakfast at accommodation. A guided tour of the old quarter of Jaén, its monuments and the Cathedral of the Asunción. Olive-oil tasting. Lunch in one of the taverns in the old quarter. In the afternoon, guided tours of the visitor centre focusing on the Military Order of Calatrava and of the Castle of Alcaudete. Dinner.
  • DAY 5. Breakfast at accommodation. A guided tour of the Fortress of la Mota in Alcalá la Real. Lunch.

INCLUDES

Four nights in a bed-and-breakfast hotel. Guided tours of the Museum of the Battle of Navas de Tolosa; Baños de la Encina and its Castle; the Museum of the Battle of Bailén; a ranch which rears fighting bulls and pure-bred horses; the old quarter of Jaén, its monuments and the Cathedral of the Asunción; the visitor centre focusing on the Military Order of Calatrava and the Castle of Alcaudete; and the Fortress of la Mota in Alcalá la Real. A handicrafts workshop. Olive-oil tasting. Important: Unless expressly stated otherwise, the average duration of the visits is 2 hours and this does not include the transfers between the localities.

IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

Sierra de Andújar, Despeñaperros and Sierra Mágina Natural Parks. The Olive Oil Green Route. The towns of Úbeda and Baeza, which have been inscribed on the World Heritage List.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Handicraft shops, wineries, a craft-beer factory, pottery workshops, sweet factories, 4×4 tours, hiking, birdwatching and Iberian-lynx watching, equestrian centres, the Peñalosa and Cástulo archaeological sites, museums and other activities included in the guidebook and itinerary of the Castles and Battlegrounds Route.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

The Route gives you the opportunity to discover the rich and varied cultural and natural heritage of Jaén and to experience its castles and fortresses. You can enjoy hikes or bike trips along the 55km of the Olive Oil Green Route and discover the olive-oil culture in the land which is the largest producer in the world, as well as its popular Easter celebrations, the romerías (religious processions) and the traditional fairs in its villages. You can visit the Natural Parks and ranches that rear fighting bulls and pure-bred horses and take part in activities such as 4×4 trips across its mountains, photography, bird-watching and Iberian-lynx watching. You can discover pastures of migrating shepherds, the mining heritage linked to centuries of mining and the Nuevas Poblaciones of Carlos III or enjoy the gastronomy and the tapas culture which is so strongly rooted in these lands. These are all some of the examples of what this destination can offer.

REGARDING STAYS IN ANY BOOKED ACCOMMODATION

- The prices stated are final, including V.A.T.

- The programmes listed are the same throughout the year. However, depending on the season, activities that complement those which have been described in detail may be included as optional or recommended to make your stay along the Route of the Castles and Battlegrounds of Jaén as appealing and varied as possible, as well as being authentic.

- The timetables may be adjusted according to the availability of the party providing the service.

- Except for those expressly stated, the activities do not require a minimum number of people.

- It is recommended that you check availabilities and prices according to dates, the number of days that you are staying and the number of travellers.

- The majority of the accommodation is three-star hotels.

- Depending on availability, the accommodation can be changed to a hotel of a similar or higher class.

- Foreign visitors can be provided with a guide who speaks English, from their arrival at the destination. Service available at an extra cost.

- Should you require it, there is a pick-up and transfer service available from Granada-Jaén Federico García Lorca Airport. Service available at an extra cost.

- Check prices, conditions and availability for special dates, a supplement fee for individuals, discounts for children, cot service and internet connection, amongst other options.

Enjoy Leisure & History. Room and tickets to Fortresses

DESCRIPTION AND TERMS

  • Discover the territory that boasts the largest concentration of castles and fortresses in Europe and that provided the setting for two of the most important battles in the history of Spain: The battles of Bailén and Las Navas de Tolosa.
  • A ticket that costs only €8 per person gives you admission to the Castle of Calatrava in Alcaudete and the Fortress of La Mota in Alcalá la Real, as well as their visitors centres and museums.
  • Please consult the terms and conditions and visitors’ hours at http://castillosybatallas.com/en/castillo-de-alcaudete/ or at http://castillosybatallas.com/en/fortaleza-de-la-mota/

SPECIAL TERMS OF THIS OFFER

  • Valid for stays up to 31/12/2015.

HOW TO BOOK

  • Go to www.hoteleuropajaen.es to make your reservation.
  • Enter “Castillos y Batallas entradas a fortaleza” in the Comments box.
  • The hotel will charge you for the booking:
    • €8 per person.
    • Children up to the age of 12 are free, providing they are accompanied by two adults paying for admission.

RESERVATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Please request the offer when making the booking.
  • The hotel makes the offer directly to this group, so the special price only applies to bookings made at www.hoteleuropajaen.es. The special price does not apply to bookings made by any other channel or tour operator.
  • The discount is applied to the current rate when you make your reservation and always before your arrival.
  • Over age 18.
  • Please give your credit card information. The Hotel may carry out pre-authorisation on your credit card to confirm that it is valid.
  • You can verify the rest of the general terms and conditions and our policies for cancellations and/or changes to bookings at www.hoteleuropajaen.es.

Call our Hotel (+ 34 953 222 700) or make your booking on our website: www.hoteleuropajaen.es. You can also check our latest price instantly.