We left you when we were just about to leave to Granada from Cordoba. On the way to Granada though, we took a minor diversion and stopped in Jaen. The Rough Guide didn’t really picture it too nicely, but we have friends there so we stopped for part of the afternoon. It’s impressive how useful Facebook could be sometimes. It has been seven years I had not seen my friend Antonio but thinking about all the good times we had going out together during his Erasmus in Sardinia, it sounded like a good idea to get in touch and try to meet.
It was somehow an unexpected surprise because of our “guide” (a friend, a local and an archeologist), but the town is very nice and has some interesting stories to tell especially if you are after catholic little gems and very nice tapas. I took the opportunity to ask some questions about why is it ok to throw cigarettes and olive bones on the floor, as well as the difference between aceituna and oliva (whilst in Italian and English the word is the same): aceituna is the fruit and the oliva is the tree. We strongly recommend to reach Jaen’s parador which on a nice day is stunning. Locals go there for drinks at night, and people go for special occasions to the hotel which still conserves medioeval features and can be visited.
We pretty much only stayed for the afternoon, and then left for Granada.