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Free Tour Jaén: The Lizard's Path

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Guru: Josué
Quality Verified Registered on February 03, 2020

Hi everyone!!! My name is Josué and I am an Official Tour Guide from the old mining town of Linares (Jaén). I have a full tourism formation and experience achieved during the last 11 years, working as an entertainer and a tour guide. I truly love to share with people experiences as well as to show around different places, spots and landmarks that belong to my beautiful region where all my roots are. A few years ago I moved to the wonderful village of Baeza where I prepared a brand new adventure within the Tourism World and... what's better than showing around the different jewels that your whole region own? If you want to have a real fulfilling experience and find out something more about the history of our beautiful Renaissance cities and all the richness they both hold, please, you're welcome to come by anytime and I'll be more than pleased to show you around. I'll be waiting for you all, see u soon!!! Best regards Josué

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Tour description

Welcome to the Free Tour Jaén: The Lizard Route!!!

It is a real pleasure to welcome you to the capital of the so-called Holy Kingdom of Jaén , which led the safeguarding and protection of the Christian kingdoms after the Reconquest carried out by King Ferdinand III "The Saint" back in 1246.

We will start our tour in the Plaza de San Ildefonso , an old square outside the walls where we will talk about the oldest Christian religious temple in Jaén, the Basilica of San Ildefonso , founded in 1248. Right in this same square we will find a small slab where we can see the figure of the fearsome Magdalena Lizard , a powerful reptile that has terrorized the people of Jaén since time immemorial and we will begin a path that will lead us to the place where its lair was located: The Magdalena Neighborhood.
 
A few meters away we will reach the Cathedral of La Asunción , unique in the world as it is the only cathedral on the entire planet that has balconies everywhere since it is also a Cathedral-Reliquary that houses one of the most important relics. important of Christianity, The Holy Face . We will also talk about some of the most disturbing mysteries of this paradigmatic temple, among them, that of the popular Mona of the Cathedral , which today represents one of the most disconcerting enigmas of said temple.

We will walk along Maestra Street and stand in front of what was the Palace of Constable Miguel Lucas de Iranzo and we will talk about his figure, his excessive ambition that transformed Jaén and turned it into his personal court where he entertained the elitist world with great parties in his palace. This lifestyle would arouse great jealousy and the occasional enemy. We will talk about these palace intrigues.

Later, we will arrive at the Arch of San Lorenzo, vestiges of the old medieval church of San Lorenzo that was erected in the 13th century but would end up disappearing in the 19th century. It represents one of the emblematic places of the capital where its interior also houses the fantastic story in which the body of King Ferdinand IV "El Empladodo" was laid to rest. We will tell the intriguing story that led the king to die in Jaén as a result of a particular curse...

On the way to the Magdalena neighborhood we will pass by the Civil War Anti-Aircraft Shelter , and we will talk about one of the darkest episodes in Spanish History that also affected the city with a terrible bombing that took hundreds of human lives one fateful April afternoon, 1937.

We will stop in front of the Arab Baths of "El Niño", with its 450 m2, which makes them the largest Arab baths in Spain. We will talk about the use that they were given and we will also be overwhelmed by the story of Sultan Ali, whose murder caused the legend to abound for a long time in which his ghost is still present in the warm room of these same baths.

We will end our Lizard Trail in the popular Barrio de la Magdalena , the most historic neighborhood in the capital where we will tell the story of the Magdalena Lizard and reveal the reason why our steps have taken us from San Ildefonso to La Magdalena.

What kind of connection exists between these iconic temples of the City of Jaén ?!

Join us on this mysterious and magical tour through the historic streets of the Capital of the Holy Kingdom .



I hope to see you all in Jaén , see you soon!!!

Josue

IMPORTANT:
For the tour to take place, 5 walkers must attend. If the agreed minimum is not reached, it may be canceled a maximum of 2 hours in advance prior to the start of the event.

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Pl. San Ildefonso, 23001 Jaén, Spain
    Pl. San Ildefonso, 23001 Jaén, Spain
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    You will be able to recognize me by my white Vivatia Tours jacket and by my qualification as an Official Guide of the Junta de Andalucía. I wait for you with a beard and a big smile!!! :D

  • 1
    Free admission
    Plaza San Ildefonso
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Catedral de Jaén
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Palacio del Condestable Miguel Lucas de Iranzo
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Arco de San Lorenzo
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Refugio Antiaéreo
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Centro Cultural Baños Árabes
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Fuente del Lagarto de Jaén
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Iglesia de la Magdalena

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

14 ratings
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4.79
Fun
4.71
Expression
4.64
Quality
4.93
Route
4.85
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María 06 May 2024
Madrid

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Un guía genial.
Raquel 04 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Muy ameno y divertido. Una visita llena de curiosidades!! Gratamente sorprendida.
Belén 02 May 2024
Jaén

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Muy buen documentado y entretenido
RAFAEL 28 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Muy bien Josué. Entretenido, educado y con gran conocimiento.
Rafael Jesús 28 Apr 2024
Seville

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Travelled in family - Apr 2024
Muy buen profesional
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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