Jaen Province - Ubeda

Palacio de las Cadenas and Capilla del Salvador in Plaza de Vazquez de Molina. © Michelle Chaplow .
Palacio de las Cadenas and Capilla del Salvador in Plaza de Vazquez de Molina.

Ubeda

Ubeda (pronounced OO-bay-da), with its wealth of Renaissance palaces and churches, has much in common with its counterpart Baeza.

The outstanding feature is the monumental square, the Plaza de Vázquez de Molina, surrounded with imposing buildings such as the Palacio de las Cadenas (so named for the decorative chains which once hung from the façade).

Ubeda boasts a wealth of Renaissance palaces and churches. © Michelle Chaplow .
Ubeda boasts a wealth of Renaissance palaces and churches.

The Capilla del Salvador also has a chapel screen by the ironworker Bartolomé de Jaen. The Hospital de Santiago, designed by Vandelvira in the late 16th century, with its square bell towers and graceful Renaissance courtyard, is now the home of the town's Conference Hall. Ubeda has a Parador, housed in a 16th century palace which was the residence of a high-ranking churchman of the period.

Both towns, Ubeda and Baeza, have a distinctly Castillian severity, with their granite buildings and plazas, as opposed to the white walls and flower-fill courtyards of Andalucia proper, and in many ways they resemble Segovia and Avila more than Cordoba or Seville. Poetry lovers will be interested to know that the 16th century mystic Saint John of the Cross died in a monastery in Ubeda.

Hotels

Palacio de Ubeda Palacio de Ubeda

A 16th-century Renaissance building in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-recognised town of Ubeda in Jaen province, this palace hotel opened in 2015. The style blends classic and contemporary, with an underground spa, and a rooftop swimming pool offering fabulous views, and gourmet restaurant. Read more

Parador de Úbeda Parador de Úbeda 

Here is a 16th century rennaisance palace in the heart of Úbeda. A lovely way to enjoy an inland city full of monuments.

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Ceramics in Úbeda © Michelle Chaplow .
Ceramics in Úbeda

One of the main seasonal attractions of the town is the annual music and dance festival which is held in May and includes opera, jazz, flamenco, chamber music, symphony orchestra and dance.

Just south east of the town lies the nature park of Sierras de Cazorla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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