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Review: Sierra Sur de Jaen



Jaén the Olive Growing Capital

  • By SilverTraveller Andaluza

    10 reviews


  • Jan 2011
  • Husband

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The province of Jaén sits on top of the provinces of Cordoba and Granada, this is one of the least known areas in Andalucia yet it is the largest olive growing region in Spain.

The olive-growing capital is Martos a smalllish town overlooked by a hill which is visible for miles, topped-off by the remains of a Moorish fort.

Martos is part of eight towns in the mountainous area known as the Sierra Sur de Jaén. Located on the dual-carriageway, the A316, it´s a great base for exploring here but also puts the cities of Baeza, Cordoba, Granada, Jaén and Úbeda within easy day-trip drives.

As much of Andalucia, the Sierra Sur, has stunning and far-reaching views and miles of olive groves interspersed with small white towns, each worthy of an exploration or a free tapas and cold beer.

For a touch or rural Spain Jaén has loads to see, within its borders is Spain´s largest Natural Park, Sierra de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas and the city itself, though fairly small and hilly is delightful. A huge Renaissance cathedral and well-restored Arab Baths among its gems.

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