Castillo de Santa Catalina, Jaen

4.5
#2 of 14 in Historic Sites in Jaen
Originally built by the same Moorish king who constructed the Alhambra, the majority of today's Castillo de Santa Catalina was commissioned by Alfonso X and Ferdinand IV. One of the five towers is occupied by the Chapel of Saint Catalina, and the rest stand tall over the castle's newer east wing and the remains of the original building in the west. In 1965, a parador, a hotel owned and run by the Spanish government, was installed in the space, leading to the destruction of most of the original remnants. However, the foundations of the first castle are still visible on the western part of the hill. Take a tour of the parador and enjoy a coffee in the spot where Charles de Gaulle wrote his memoirs, all while taking in the view over the valley. A visit to Castillo de Santa Catalina represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Jaen road trip tool to plot your vacation.
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  • Great views from the castillo. Welcoming and informative introduction on arrival (also in English if you need it). Not as unsympathetically restored as many of the other castles in Spain. Spoilt...  more »
  • This was a lovely place to visit on our drive from Granada to Marbella. It was surprisingly pretty empty when we arrived. The views were spectacular! Getting there and driving past the hotel (under...  more »
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  • This is a great site and quick stopover for any travellers traveling to or from Madrid and Granada. By no means a huge castle but it is very nicely preserved, great signage and beautiful view. The staff here are clearly very proud and take great care to make sure your visit is worthwhile.
  • Spectacular views! Hotel currently under refurb. Looking forward to having a glass or two in such peaceful and beautiful surrounds

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