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Jaen Experiences? (vs. Cordoba)

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Jaen Experiences? (vs. Cordoba)

Has anyone been to Jaen and if so, what was your impression and experience? We have a week (of a 3 week trip in Spain) in Andalucia and we are thinking of spending 3 nights in Seville, 2 in either Cordoba OR Jaen (staying in the Parador), and then 2 nights in Granada. Any thoughts on the middle portion would be appreciated.

thank you!


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Oswestry, United...
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1. Re: Jaen Experiences? (vs. Cordoba)

Same answer I gave on your Lonely Planet and Fodor's posts.

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2. Re: Jaen Experiences? (vs. Cordoba)

I much prefer Córdoba as it offers more to do sight seeing and restaurants ect. Jaen is more of a working city unless I have gone to the wrong areas? I have a holiday home 45 minutes away for 10 year. If your travelling by car stop on route to Granada and have lunch. The castle is a ruin we like to pop in the parador hotel for a coffee. You would see it in a few hours and cover both

Ronda is also lovely and one of my favourites, the views are incredible

We have stayed in Granada many years ago now we tend to head to the retail parks out of town as we usually want furniture or household items

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3. Re: Jaen Experiences? (vs. Cordoba)

There is a lot more to see in Cordoba than Jaen. Spend your time there.

Malaga, Spain
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4. Re: Jaen Experiences? (vs. Cordoba)

Yes, there is much more to see in Cordoba than Jaen. The parador in Jaen is not a place I would stay. It is quite far from downtown and is gloomy and unfriendly.

For Seville:

Seville is one of the cities in Spain with the most charm. A very good hotel in Seville is the Hotel Becquer (which has a garage), walkable to most sights. Use Booking.com to look at other hotels.

Must see places in Seville:

1. Cathedral/Giralda Tower - The Cathedral is the third biggest church in Europe.

2. Alcazar - The palace rivals the Alhambra.

3. Plaza de España - The most beautiful plaza in Spain.

4. Palacio de las Dueñas - This palace is beautiful and has just opened up for the public. This is the residence of the Duke of Alba. A wonderful place to see.

5. Casa de Pilatos - Beautiful palace with wonderful gardens. See the upstairs apartment.

6. Museo de Bellas Artes - One of the most important art museums in Spain.

7. Church of El Salvador - One of the most beautiful Baroque churches. The ticket from the Cathedral allows one to see this church for free.

8. Museum-Palace of the Countess of Lebrija - Has some of the best Roman mosaics in Spain. See the upstairs apartment.

A good flamenco place is Los Gallos (Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11). The main shopping streets are Calle Tetuan and Calle Sierpes.

Restaurant hours: Lunch is between 1 and 4 pm. Dinner is between 8 pm and midnight.

Good restaurants:

1. Cuna 2 (Calle Cuna, 2;Tel 954-211-107) is a large, elegant restaurant with traditional Andalusian decoration and with beautiful ceramic tiles lining the walls of the dining rooms. There is a beautiful bar at the top of the building.

2. El Gallinero de Sandra (Pasaje Esperanza Elena Caro, 2;Tel 954-909-931) is a small restaurant with very tasty food.

3. Casa Robles (Calle Alvarez Quintero, 58; Tel: 954-213-150) is an elegant restaurant near the Cathedral.

4. Taberna del Labrador (Calle Zaragoza, 20; Tel: 954-502-721) - This restaurant looks like the dining room of a very elegant house.

5. Restaurante Manolo Leon (Calle Guadalquivir, 12; Tel. 954-373-735) - Located in a remodeled house, with very nice patio.

6. El Cairo (Calle Reyes Catolicos, 13) - An elegant restaurant.

7. For tapas, go to Mercado Lonja del Baranco (Calle Arjona, 24; Tel. 917-582-420).

At restaurants, a tip of 5% is considered generous.

There is an art fair every Sunday at the Plaza del Museo between 10 am and 2:30 pm. About 50 artists from Seville display their art for sale at very inexpensive prices.

Dress code for churches: Shorts or bare shoulders are not allowed for either women or men.

For Cordoba:

Use Booking.com to look for hotels and apartments in The Real Heart of Cordoba. For those making a day trip to Cordoba, the train station does not have luggage lockers but the bus station beside it has luggage lockers. A taxi to the Mezquita will cost only about 5 euros.

The best sights in Cordoba:

1. Mezquita/Cathedral - The most important architectural feature of the Mezquita are the double horseshoe arches, made of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite. There are 856 columns in the church and they seem to be a sea of arches and columns to the visitor.

2. Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos - Has beautiful gardens.

3. Palacio de Viana - The palace has important artwork and there are 12 different patios, all beautiful.

Restaurant hours: Lunch is between 1 and 4 pm. Dinner is between 8 pm and midnight.

Good restaurants near the Mezquita:

1. Casa Pepe de la Juderia (Calle Romero, 3; Tel: 957-200-744).

2. El Caballo Rojo (Calle del Cardenal Herrero, 28; Tel: 957-475-375).

Shopping streets are the area around the Mezquita, Calle Jose Cruz Conde, Ronda de los Tejares, Conde de Gondomar and Avenida de Gran Capitan.

For Granada:

Read Buying Alhambra Tickets Online and BOOK EARLY (at least 2 months in advance). Downtown Granada is the Realejo Barrio. Use Booking.com to screen hotels and apartments in the Granada City Center. A good hotel downtown with parking is the Vincci Albayzin. The Plaza Bib-Rambla has many restaurants.

Best sights besides the Alhambra:

1. Cathedral and Royal Chapel

2. La Cartuja Monastery

3. Alcaiceria (shopping)

Shopping streets are Calle Reyes Catolicos, Calle Gran Via de Colon, Calle Mesones, Calle San Anton, Calle Recogidas, and Calle Alhondiga.

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5. Re: Jaen Experiences? (vs. Cordoba)

Cordoba is much better but if you do go to Jaén if I'd recommend eating in Templario. There you'll get great customer service and better food. There's nor much to see in jaen apart from the castle. Don't stay in the parador hotel, its far too expensiveand isolated. Jaén is really best as a day trip.

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