Places like Baeza evoke moments of poetry thanks to its narrow streets, squares full of life and monuments born from the southern renaissance. Baeza, north of Jaén, is a Castilian city within Andalusia, a city where the illustrious writer Antonio Machado lived where he worked as a French teacher in a very intimate and literary era.
Visiting the city
To understand Baeza, you have to know it both from its most religious aspect to its most poetic and university side. Baeza was a noble city and one of its vestiges that testify most is itsCathedral, chaired by the source of Santa Maria. Behind the cathedral are the famous narrow streets of Baeza between stone walls, a journey through time and place where both series and films have been filmed. In front of the Cathedral, you can admire the picturesque facade of the San Felipe Neri Seminary, where the medieval graffiti made by university students of the time stand out.
Villalar Arch and the Puerta de Jaén
On the most poetic and university side we have the Jabalquinto Palace, headquarters of the International University of Andalusia, of Elizabethan Gothic architecture. In front of him, the Plaza de Santa Cruz where stands a Romanesque church of the same name. If we turn left it leads us to the old university, today a public institute, where is the classroom where Antonio Machado He taught French grammar between 1912 and 1919.
If we leave the old university behind, we can end up at the point where most of the tours or visits that take place in Baeza begin, in the Pópulo Square, where the sculpture of Himilce, princess of Cástulo and wife of the Carthaginian general Hanibal.
But not everything is culture and a nice walk in Baeza, there are also good places to tapas (you can see them at the end of the article) and have a good evening tasting the products of the region such as olive oil.
What to see in Baeza?
From Baeza we highlight 7 places, a tour that can be done in the middle of the morning and that is very worthwhile.
- Populo Square
- Machado classroom
- Church of the Holy Cross
- Jabalquinto Palace
- Professor Juan Cruz Cruz Street
- Santamaria Fountain
- Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady of Baeza
1 Plaza del populo, Arco de Villalar and the Puerta de Jaén
We start at the Pópulo Square the visit, where it is judged and it was a butcher shop by 1548. On the other side, the tourist office, next to the Arco de Villalar and the Puerta de Jaén.
Villalar Arch and the Puerta de Jaén
2 Machado Classroom
It was a privilege to be a student in an institute like the one he was teaching Antonio Machado, since the school remains intact and the playground where they play today is not only a memory of that time, but something that remains intact despite the past tense. He Machado classroom You can find it as soon as you enter on the right, next to the main courtyard. It is preserved as a mini museum of what the classrooms were like in Machado's time.
3 Church of Santa Cruz
Church of Santa Cruz, example of the little Romanesque What's in Andalusia It is a show of artistic virtuosity in which the diamond points in stone, the bald, ties and pinnacles stand out.
Church of the Holy Cross
4 Jabalquinto Palace
In front of the church of Santa Cruz and with an Elizabethan Gothic facade we have this picturesque palace with a spectacular interior courtyard. On the facade look at the door arch, since there are 14 figures nothing less than masturbating. The column on the left represents the male organs and the right one the female ones. Obviously if you do not notice, these peculiarities of Baeza go completely unnoticed ...
5 Alleys of Baeza
The alleys of Baeza, located mainly in the Professor Juan Cruz Cruz Street, are one of the most colorful places in the city, a place where multiple series or movies have been filmed as Sad Wing and that evoke you to a medieval past.
Alleys of Baeza
6 The Fountain of Santamaria and graffiti
One of the most characteristic things of both Baeza and Ubeda are their graffiti on the facades of universities, graffiti of the seventeenth and eighteenth century students with honors, since only they had the privilege of writing about those walls. The most photographed, in front of the Santamaría fountain, is a dedication of a student of Ubeda and the mockery of another of Baeza using a potty, a potty, as those of Baeza usually call those of Ubeda.
7 Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady of Baeza
Built on a missing mosque, in the fifteenth century this construction began to be built Gothic cathedral, where the rose window and its three ships stand out. The main chapel is the work of Manuel García del Alamo, baroque style ,. It is worth noting the Golden and the Animas chapels, the latter separated by a superb fence from 1513.
Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady of Baeza
How to get?
Baeza is 30 minutes from Jaen and 3 hours from Madrid. The best way is to arrive by car, although there is the possibility of arriving by bus or even by train from Madrid, since the nearest station is in Linares, a few kilometers from Baeza.
Where to eat?
Baeza is a great place to tapas and restaurants. We recommend these three, although there is a very good offer in general throughout the city.
- The barbershop
- New Casino of Baeza
- Taberna el Arcediano
Where to sleep?
If you are going on a getaway, which this city deserves, we recommend the following hotels.
- Puerta de la Luna Hotel, a 17th-century mansion with pool
- TRH City of Baeza. In the center, it occupies an old convent of 16th-century Carmelite nuns
- Round Source Apartment. At an unbeatable price, with all kinds of amenities