Moorish (Nazarids) Route (not operating in 2019)
THE MOORISH (NAZARIDS) ROUTE (RUTA NAZARI)
The route covers a glorious region of Andalusia, and offers contrasting landscapes and environment: from the beauty of the Cazorla Nature Reserve to the Renaissance in the city of Ubeda, and on to discover the traces of the Almoravids in Jaén.
Suggested access airports: Granada/Malaga
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
First night: Parador de CAZORLA
A visit to the Cazorla, Segura y las Villas Nature Reserve, with attractions such as the Torre del Vinagre Interpretive Center, Iruela Castle and Collado del Almendral Game Park, is something that should not be missed during your visit to this mountainous region. In the traditional old quarter of Cazorla, highlights for visitors include the Museum of Arts and Traditions of the Upper Guadalquivir (Museo Artes y Costumbres del Alto Guadalquivir) and Yedra Castle.
Second night: Parador de UBEDA
It was during the Arab period that Úbeda was founded, when Abderrahman II founded the city of Ubbadat al-Arab. In 852 the town was walled, and during the 11th and 12th centuries, it was conquered first by Almoravids and subsequently by the Almohads. But Úbeda is noteworthy above all for being home to the finest examples of the Andalusian renaissance. Of special note are the Holy Chapel of San Salvador and Santiago Hospital, Cadenas Palace and Santa María de los Reales Alcázares Church.
Third night: Parador de JAÉN
The Almoravids added Jaén to their empire in 1091, and the Almohads captured it in 1148. Of special note are the Arab baths in the Magdalena Quarter, built by Ali, and located on the same site as Villardompardo Palace. Other sights for you to discover are the cathedral and other churches including San Juan, San Ildefonso and la Magdalena, and palaces such as Condestable, Quesada-Ulloa, Velez and Vilches.