The Sierra de Andújar Nature Reserve is a special place, a wild and infinite place, where the oak covered hills and valleys stretch as far as the eye can see. Eagles, vultures, deer and many other species inhabit this area. These lands are also home to the largest population of the Iberian Lynx, the undisputed master of this area.
The dense forests of oak together with the thick undergrowth explain the name of the Sierra Morena (Brown). Indeed, even today, this area is considered the best example of Mediterranean forest on the Iberian Peninsula. In times gone by, the ravines and gorges provided refuge for bandits and outlaws fleeing justice. Sierra Morena was a dangerous place, where travelers could potentially be robbed at every bend in the road. A historical essence permeates the landscape and culture of one of the most spectacular places in Andalusia. Culture, architecture, nature and astronomy combine to offer those who visit the place a unique and unforgettable experience.
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The town of Andújar is nestled at the foot of the Sierra Morena. It is the quintessential gateway to the Nature Reserve of the same name. Because Andújar is mountains, Andújar is the Guadalquivir River that runs through it and divides the oaks and quiet rocky countryside to the north and the meadows to the south.
Andújar is a town, rich in landmarks and heritage and with an emblematic architecture that tells of a proud past. Among its most important landmarks, we can mention the famous church of San Miguel, whose bell tower stands out on the urban landscape of the town. This Gothic church has the distinction of being the only religious temple in the province of Jaen that once was linked to the bishopric of Toledo, while all the other municipalities were assigned to Baeza.
Next to the church we can find a large number of religious buildings like the church of San Bartolomé, the church of Santa Marina and old convents and administration buildings. Another of the architectural jewels of Andújar is its Town Hall, which is located in the historic center, known for its robust construction and impressive floors.
Special mention must be made of the Shrine of the Virgen de la Cabeza, a large rock sanctuary located in the heart of Sierra Morena. From this privileged location much of the Sierra can be observed. It is the site of a famous annual pilgrimage and it is also known for its great cultural and ethnographic value.
As for its civil buildings, Andujar still has some magnificent pieces of wall that extend across much of its old area, including several watchtowers and remnants of entrances to the old city centre. You should not miss the Roman bridge which is over 310 meters long and with 14 eyes. It is a prime example of this type of structure, with red limestone masonry from the nearby town of Marmolejo being used in its construction.
But if the town of Andujar is famous for anything, it is famous for its Nature Reserve, with an area of over 74,000 hectares. It is the best example of Mediterranean forest in the Iberian Peninsula. Among its hills and valleys, home to many species among which we can list the most numerous population of Iberian lynx, the imperial eagle or the black vulture. Many companies offer guided tours inside the park for visitors? so, who knows ?... maybe you'll run into our very own big cat?