Jaen Journals

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A travel journal to Jaen by Niiko

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Quote: The better-known delights of the lesser-known Andalucian province of Jaen, in the south of Spain.

Los Pincelines de Andujar

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Restaurant | "Fancy Favourites"

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Despite its unpromising location – tucked away on a side-street behind the fire station and nearer the motorway exit than the centre of town, Los Pincelinos is one of Andújar’s better restaurants, serving a relatively traditional, unsurprising fare, but doing it well. Accordingly, it’s also one of the pricier options around, and is something of a novelty in that it’s a regular, full-service restaurant, as opposed to the tapas bars which make up much of the rest of the town’s eateries.The restaurant is split between two rooms – the first an amiable, friendly bar area that feels pretty cosy in winter, the section a larger dining room with long tables and partitions (the place is often used f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2011

Los Pincelines de Andujar
C/ Escritor Alcalá Venceslada, 36
Andujar, Spain
953 511 154

Ubeda

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Attraction | "A Renaissance Gem in Andalucia"

Food! Photo, Ubeda, Spain
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Imagine a great beast of Renaissance architecture tramping across southern Spain – a great dome for a head, thunderous columns for limbs and triumphal arches shielding its eyes from the blazing sun. A chateau on its back and a cloth hall for a belly, it scars the scrubby earth with its pilaster-claws and gobbles up the terrain with a red-brick tongue. Greedy and gross, it eats something that disagrees with its delicate innards – a Moorish castle why not – and with a twitch and a gurgle, a shudder and a grumble, it is violently sick, spewing out Renaissance buildings across the hilltop. It belches, shakes its head and slowly shifts its deafening footsteps in a northerly slant.This, to paint...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2010

Museum of the Battle of Bailen

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Attraction | "Backwater Battle"

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Although Bailen itself is nothing much to look at today, and offers little more to the passing visitor than any other provincial town of comparable size, its historical significance rather overshadows its latter-day contributions to the undoubted appeal of Andalucía. Here in 1808, Napoleon’s troops, looking to none-too-gently persuade disgruntled Spaniards to see the bright side of French occupation, came badly unstuck. To cut the short version of the long story into finer chunks, the French floundered in the inhospitable height-of-summer countryside and found themselves outflanked by the Spanish troops. Further manoeuvres failed to shift the bulk of the home forces at Bailen, and the French wer...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 23, 2011

Museum of the Battle of Bailen
Calle De Pérez Galdós
Andalucia, Spain 14930

Jaen

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Andalucía is a destination positively bursting with treasures cultural, architectural and gastronomic, as millions of holidaymakers and their glowing testimonies bear witness. However, in a region groaning beneath the collective weight of its visiting hordes, few of these find their way to Jaen, and fewer still sing its praises.In truth, this is perhaps unfair – although the city lacks the natural grandeur of Granada (which outshines it an hour down the A44) or the architectural finesse and pomp of Cordoba and Sevilla, it’s not without its own slightly shabby charms. Visitors tend to tell me they’re glad they’ve seen something like the "real" Spain when they leave, and although that’s esse...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2011

Sierra de Andujar Natural Park

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Attraction | "The Lynx Effect"

Sierra de Andujar Natural Park Photo, Andalucia, Spain
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Tucked away between folds of greenish-yellowish hills (depending on the season), the Parque Natural Sierra de Andújar is a rugged, 750-square-kilometre chunk of the Sierra Morena, the modest mountain range which runs along the northern limits of Andalucía, separating the region from the plains to its north that stretch up towards the centre of Spain. Little-visited by tourists, it’s home to not only the majority of the local towns’ residents during the scorching summer months, but has a year-round wealth of animal life, including being one of the last remaining habitats of the Iberian Lynx, an extremely rare, endangered creature that only tends to emerge from the forests to get run over by cars twisti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2011

Sierra de Andujar Natural Park
Sierra Morena, Jaen Province
Andalucia, Spain

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Niiko

Niiko
Andújar, Spain