Concerning the Route

THE CASTLES AND BATTLEGROUNDS ROUTE JAÉN

A kingdom of active tourism, gastronomy, culture and nature is at stake, you must not miss the opportunity.  Numerous adventures, taking in imposing medieval castles with re-enactments and dramatised tours within the world’s largest expanse of olive trees, bring to life episodes that changed the course of history.

The Castles and Battlegrounds Route is a tourist and cultural offering that runs from the north to the south of the western area of the province of Jaén, encompassing magnificent castles located at strategic points of extraordinary beauty. This territory boasts the largest concentration of castles and fortresses in Europe and provided the setting for two of the most important battles in the history of Spain: the Battle of Bailén (1808, which marked the beginning of the end of French presence on Spanish soil and represented the first defeat of Napoleonic troops on the battlefield) and the Battle of Navas de Tolosa (1212, wherein the Christians proved victorious, hastening the end of Moorish hegemony in the Iberian Peninsula).

Moreover, the Castles and Battlegrounds Route allows you to enjoy hiking expeditions or bicycle trips along the Olive Oil Green Route; become acquainted with and savour extra virgin olive oil in the region that is the world’s largest producer; visit ranches dedicated to the rearing of fighting bulls or thoroughbred horses; take in the pasturelands of transhumant shepherds; or journey through Natural Parks on horseback, riding donkeys or driving in a 4×4. Photographers, birdwatchers and those wishing to sight the Iberian lynx are afforded magnificent opportunities in the mountain areas. Becoming acquainted with the mining tradition that lasted for centuries in the area between Linares and La Carolina, visiting the new towns of Charles III of Spain, or enjoying the gastronomy and culture of tapas that are so deeply entrenched in the region number amongst the possibilities offered by this destination.

In short, we are dealing with a quiet region, largely devoid of urban sprawl with a great deal of rural authenticity, boasting singular historical attractions, that is easy to get to, lying halfway along the motorway that connects Madrid and Seville.

Now, enjoying this kingdom, amidst castles and olive groves INVOLVES A PRIZE: two trips for three days and two nights for two people. Obtain your Castles and Battlegrounds Route Passport and discover direct discounts, offers, gifts and prize draws for trips by producing it in collaborating establishments.

Amongst the attractions of this destination, attention must be drawn to the following:

  1. The Museum of the Battle of Navas de Tolosa, Santa Elena.
  2. Castle of Baños de la Encina.
  3. Battle of Bailén Visitor Centre.
  4. Castle of the Troubadour Macías, Arjonilla.
  5. Castle of Santa Catalina, Jaén.
  6. Castle of Lopera.
  7. Tower of Boabdil, Porcuna.
  8. Castle built by the Order of Calatrava, Alcaudete
  9. Fortress of La Mota, Alcalá la Real.
  10. Santa Elena. Castle of Castro Ferral.
  11. La Carolina. Castle of Navas de Tolosa.
  12. Vilches. Castles of Vilches and Giribaile.
  13. Linares. Castle of Santa Eufemia. Cástulo Archaeological Site.
  14. Andújar. Walls of Andújar.
  15. Arjona. Cistern and Defensive Walls of Arjona.
  16. Torredelcampo. Castle of Berrueco.
  17. Torredonjimeno. Castle of Torredonjimeno.
  18. Martos. Castles of the Town and of the Rock
Mapas Ruta de los Castillos y las Batallas