The city of Jaén Cazorla, located in the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park, has become the 2022 Rural Capital, an initiative promoted by the Escapada Rural rural housing platform. He managed to defeat nine other finalists – Chinchon (Madrid), Esterri d’Aneu (Lleida), Tinajo (Lanzarote), Blanca (Murcia), Graus (Huesca), Neva de Cameros (La Rioja), Tiedra (Valladolid). , Sineu (Mallorca) and El Robledo (Ciudad Real) – with 20.9% of almost 100,000 votes cast in the VI edition of the competition.
Cazorla takes over from another Andalusian city, the municipality of Cádiz Olvera, which became the capital in 2021 after receiving 18% of the votes received. His name is added to the cities of Potes (Cantabria), Santillana del Mar (Cantabria), Ainsa Sobrarbe (Huesca) and Sigüenza (Guadalajara), awarded in previous years. This award is designed to draw the attention of municipalities to the development of rural tourism. Cazorla Mayor Antonio José Rodríguez Viñas thanked them for awarding this award “in recognition of the work done over the years in terms of communication, dissemination and promotion of the tourist destination by the local administration and the business community of Cazorla”.
A male deer in the forests of the Sierra de Cazorla. Daniel Garrido Getty
La Yedra Castle, built in the Andalusian period in front of a sea of olive trees, and the ruins of the Renaissance church of Santa Maria, attributed to Andrés de Vandelvira, are its main tourist attractions. But above all it attracts travelers through the Natural Park of Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, an extensive vegetal mosaic of black and Aleppo pines, holm oaks and cork oaks, olive trees and wild olive trees, where it is not difficult to spot large ungulates such as mountain goat, mouflon, fallow deer, deer or wild boar, especially in spring and autumn, during furs. The natural park, the second largest protected area in Europe, is also home to large birds of prey such as black and griffon vultures; royal eagle, Bonelli’s eagle and serpent eagle; Egyptian vultures, falcons and owls.
Serrada de Elias, a wooden flyover across the Borosa River in the Sierra de Cazorla. Miguel Perfectti Getty
Cazorla can serve as a base for numerous hiking and mountain biking trails such as the GR-247 Bosques del Sur.which goes in a circle in 21 stages along the marked paths. One of the most popular sites, due to its scenic beauty, is the one that follows the gorge of the river Borosa, halfway between the center of interpretation of Torre del Vinagre and the area of Aguas Negras. From the Boroza fish farm, a forest path begins, which goes up the river to the so-called Elias Ridge, where the river waters have cut a narrow gorge. A series of wooden footbridges nailed to the rock allows you to cross the interior of the gorge until you reach the source of the river in the fields of Aguas Negras. Before your eyes is the waterfall of the Organs, and even higher than the Valdeazor lagoon.
Noguera de la Sierpe, tranquility in the Sierra de Cazorla
This five-hectare hotel on the banks of the Guadalquivir, in the heart of the Natural Park of Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas in Jaen, promises an oxygenated and relaxing holiday surrounded by a Mediterranean forest.
24 hours in Jaén: what you need to know to fully enjoy the Andalusian city
Crowned by Santa Catalina Castle, Jaén stretches over the hillsides in such a way that the main street of its historic center seems to run between the cork decorations of the nativity scene.
Camino de San Juan de la Cruz, a magical journey inland
This is not a mystical path or a pilgrimage. This is the path itself, a journey deep into Spain in the footsteps of St. John of the Cross, a Carmelite who, in the 16th century, illuminated this great path full of nature.
What to see in the Sierra de Andujar
On land, in water and in the air, the Sierra de Andújar exhibits biodiversity. It is not difficult to encounter birds of all sizes and colours, from the small robin to the large imperial eagle, flying over deer, fallow deer, bulls, foxes or the phenomenal and elusive Iberian lynx.
For those who come to Cazorla, there are four nearby pistes to continue enjoying the province of Jaén.
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