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Jaen is the capital of the province of Jaen in the southern Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia.



Sights and Activities

Cathedral from the Castillo viewpoint

Cathedral from the Castillo viewpoint

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  • Cathedral and museum of sacred art.
  • Castillo de Santa Catalina on a hilltop looking out over the city and with a viewpoint down on the cathedral. Opening hours of the castle during July, August and September are: 10am-2pm and 5pm -9pm, except Sundays 10am-3pm; the rest of the year 10am-6pm except Sundays 10am-3pm. Cost EUR 3,50, children and seniors pay EUR 1,50.
  • Villardompardo Palace, a Renaisance palace built over former Arab Baths. The palace houses the "Manuel Moral" Naif Art Museum and the Popular Traditions Museum. The Arab Baths were rediscovered in 1913 and can also be visited. Entrance to the palace and baths is free. Hours: 9am to 10pm, except Mondays (closed) and Sundays (9am to 3pm). The website is in Spanish.




The Parador next to the Castillo is currently being refurbished (2019).



Keep Connected


Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.


If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.


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