Cazorla is a town that belongs to the province of Jaén that you will fall in love with. The panoramic views of this place are spectacular and, within it, you will find plenty of hidden places that you cannot miss. If you have decided to make this the next destination for your trip, you have chosen well.
This place, with an area of more than 300 Km2, belongs to the 'comarca' or smaller regional subdivision of Cazorla too. It is also the largest locality of this 'comarca', with a a population of almost 8,000 inhabitants, who are lucky to enjoy of the dreamlike views of this place.
Tourism is one of the main economic activities of this area, which is especially aimed at mountain and nature-themed activities, thanks to its Natural Park, a key feature of this place.
More and more, rural tourism seems to be taking over a large proportion of the accommodation you will find here, which gives visitors the chance to witness the vastness and beauty of this place and which will also allow you to discover other lesser known but equally interesting, hidden spots within this area.
There is something magical about Cazorla, a city of many stories that you will love learning about. Wherever you go, there is a legend and something to tell, that make of this place a very curious and lovely place to stay for a few days.
As a homage to Spanish naturalist Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, the regional government has inaugurated a special hiking route that relives his famous recordings of the deer bellows in this area. A path that, apart from allowing you to take into the magnificent views of the natural surroundings, will discover to you lakes and large greenery extensions, that make of this route something truly special.
Another aspect to take into account is that the Natural Park of Sierra de Cazorla, Segura, y Las Villas, is the biggest natural reserve in Spain.
With all of this to offer, who wouldn't like to explore Cazorla some more? Here you will discover the most special spots within this area.
In the first place, we recommend visiting the Castillo de la Yedra, one of the first sights that will greet you once you step in here and which is located up in the hill of Salvatierra, the highest peak of this region. The building you will see is a more recent, Christian construction built on top of what was left of an Arab castle from the 11th century and which is, without question, one of the places you must visit if you come to Cazorla.
Another emblematic view of this town si the Castillo de las Cinco Esquinas, very close to the other castle and also built on top of the hill.
Amongst other religious heritage sites you will find here several churches and many chapels, most of them dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
But apart from this more representative, popular, sights of Cazorla, there are also unique and less explored parts which are also as beautiful and spectacular themselves, such as the gorge of the Borosa river, which is within the reserve of the mountains of Cazorla, and whose mouth is met by the river Guadalquivir.
The climate in Cazorla is slightly changeable depending on the area you are staying. If there is a place that rigorously presents its weather according to the seasons, that place is Cazorla.
The winter months are quite cold, and usually accompanied by rain, especially in the highest spots in the mountains. Nevertheless, this changes a lot in summer, usually very hot, which means that the gap between the weather during one season and that of another another season, is very big.
Now that you know a little bit more about its climate, don't forget to pack the right clothes for your next holidays.
But if there is something that always catches the tourist's eye, that is the local gastronomy of this place, and the great variety of traditional dishes it offers.
Amongst the most popular products of this cuisine are, no doubt, olive oil and pork-based products like Spanish cured ham, or 'chorizo', that are very common in most of the local recipes.
One of the most popular and typical dishes is 'gachamigas', which is a potato and flour pap, accompanied with some dried peppers, 'chorizo' and the typical Spanish blood sausage, morcilla.
Talarines are very thin pancakes elaborated with salt and water, and are usually accompanied with game meats such as rabbit or hare.
Rin Ran, 'gachas dulces', or 'venado en salsa' are some other traditional dishes that you will usually find in Cazorla's menu. Don't forget to try them out!
Now that you have learnt all you need to know before travelling to Cazorla, all you have to do is plan how you will be coming .
If you would like to travel by car, you will be able to do so without any complications if you choose any of the state roads that will easily take you here.
Nevertheless, you also have the option fo coming here by bus, which will leave you right at the center of the town, and where buses from all Spanish provinces arrive.
You can also come by train, something that will take you to the train station of Linares-Baeza, approximately some 55 Km away from Cazorla.