Situated in the very heart of this UNESCO Heritage of Mankind town´s historical quarter. This new Baeza hotel is housed in a Renaissance-Gothic building from the 16th century, and is one of the town´s most important and emblematic buildings; formerly the Salcedos´or Count and Countess of Garciez´s Palace.
The renovation work has carefully transformed it into a very comfortable hotel equipped with the latest technology expected from a hotel of this luxury category. The result is a harmonious and engaging setting, with a marked line of continuity throughout its communal areas, but which at the same time is in keeping with each room´s character, giving the areas a touch of elegance and originality. The rooms are fitted out with restored period furniture.
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Baeza, in the province of Jaen, stands on a little promontory, dominating a landscape of olive trees, in the centre of the county of La Loma. This town which has been declared a historic-artistic site, has an incredible legacy from the Renaissance, where carved stone contrasts with whitewashed houses. Set on the Andalusian Renaissance Route and the Nazarite Route, it is a wonderful place for touring the whole region and tasting its pure olive oil, focus of the Mediterranean diet.
In the Cathedral you will find one of the city's most precious jewels. Built on the site of a mosque, the present Renaissance building of Santa María preserves Gothic elements like the Puerta de la Luna (13th C.), and Mudejar ones, like the pointed horseshoe arches in the chapels. You can see this combination of styles in its robust cloister. Adjoining the Cathedral are the High Chapter Houses and, opposite them, the fountain of Santa María, whose construction was ordered during the reign of Philip II.
Another monumental site is the one formed by the Jabalquinto Palace and the Seminary of San Felipe Neri. The palace has profuse Isabelline decoration on its façade, while in the cloister you can admire the transition from Renaissance to Baroque. It is worth visiting the Function Room, where the Romanesque capitals of the old church of San Juan are preserved.
A visit not to be missed is to the Antonio Machado Site of the International University of Andalusía, housed in the former university. This 16th century building was also the Education Institute where the distinguished poet, Antonio Machado, gave French classes for many years. Before stopping at the Posito and the Alhóndiga - the grain store and former corn exchange building (16th C.), you should visit the church of Santa Cruz, one of the exceptional examples of Romanesque architecture preserved in Andalusía.
Among many aristocratic houses and small palaces is the Plaza del Populo, a site made up of the Casa del Populo (Civil Courts and Public Court Office), the Los Leones fountain, the old Butcher's, the Jaén Gate and the Villalar Arch. It is one of Baeza's most charming corners where, beside noble buildings, parts of the old walls and their gate remain.
In the Plaza de Candido Elorza is another group of historic monuments, both religious and civil. The Palaces of Elorza, Cerón and the Counts of Garcies and the houses of the Cabrera and Acuña families tell us of the many noble and aristocratic families in Baeza in the 17th century. To this is added the elegant shape of the church of San Pablo, situated nearby.
The olive trees that surround it, game from the nearby Sierra de Cazorla, an exceptional range of wild mushrooms in season, meat from the local lambs and kids and some well cared for restaurants enable you to discover that the Jaen countryside offers a very tasty, authentic and high-quality cuisine.
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