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Standing above Jaén like an everlasting defender of the city, the Santa Catalina Castle is of original Arab design extended and modified after being conquered by Ferdinand III. A short distance away is a cross monument which was erected by the order of the aforementioned king after he entered the city in the spring of 1246.
The Santa Catalina Castle or Alcázar Nuevo is a walled, almost triangular, enclosure defended by six towers. Inside, there is a Tourist Information Centre, offering visitors the chance to discover the history of the castle and the city.
It has magnificent views and a Parador attached to it.
Type of visit: Monuments - Castle, Other Visits - Reception and Interpretation Center, Monuments - Historical Complex, Museum - History
Winter-spring opening times (up to 30 June):
Monday to Saturday: 10am to 6pm. Public admitted: Until 5.45pm.
Sunday: 10.am to 3pm. (Days before public holidays 10am to 6pm) Public admitted until 2.45pm and days before public holidays until 5.45pm.
Days before public holidays open during same hours as Monday to Saturday.
Summer opening times (July, August and September):
Monday to Saturday: 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm. Public admitted until 1.45pm and 8.45pm
Sunday 10am to 3pm (Days before and between public holidays 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm) Public admitted until 2.45pm (Days before and between public holidays until 1.45pm and 8.45pm)
Children, students and retirees: €1.5
Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Free free entrance