Hotel el Postigo
Postigo 5, Ubeda, 23400, Spain
More about Úbeda
Vela de los Cobos Palace
Ubeda -Iglesia de la Trinidad
Travel Tips for Úbeda
Olive trees everywhere
The olive culture provides the main agricultural production in the province of Jaén. No matter where you go, looking around in any direction you will see a sea of olive trees.
Where had I the same feeling?... In Crete Island!
Tower Clock and Old Abbatoir
At the Plaza de Andalucia we can see the Tower clock and the royal butchery or Old abbatoir.
The tower Clock is a clock and a bell at the same time and it was constructed at the 13th century
Teh Old abbatoir is much modern from the 19th century
We will go down Calle Rastro till we find The Palace of the rambla a hotel in this days.
Vela de los Cobos' Palace - Palacio
This is a Renaissance palace, very simple and elegant. It was made in Castilian style, with a few ornaments, just at the upper gallery.
Este es un palacio renacentista, muy simple y elegante. Se construyó en estilo castellano, con poca decoración, sólo en la galería superior.
. . .other things to see
Ubeda is a lovely place to simply wander around and enjoy.
The orange trees are in the main square - Plaza Vazquez de Molina - quite near the town hall, (ayuntamiento). This one appeared to be producing fruit as well as scented orange blossom at the same time.
Flowering cacti - you would not usually notice this scrambling plant which stores moisture in its leaves to enable it to survive the long hot summer, but in May it produces these large bright yellow flowers.
Imagine . . .
I do not have a photograph so I will ask you to imagine the scene. Sitting on an ancient square in old Ubeda on a warm spring evening with a glass of dry white wine or cerveza (beer) together with some olives and almonds. The soft mellow stone of the buildings warmed by evening sunlight. History, stories and legends seeping from the walls – if only the visitor could read the lines. Greenery in the form of shrubs and small trees complimented the buildings. The handsome church of San Pablo with is magnificent entrance graced one side of the square and just nearby stood a bandstand.
The centre of the square was paved and was only for pedestrians. Scattered about the edge of this area were several stone benches where people could meet, chat, reflect on the day’s events, talk about politics, football, their neighbour – or whatever. We watched several couples in their Sunday “best” taking a stroll in the evening light. Across the square were three elderly gentlemen, who had probably known one another many years, having a gossip. Pleasantries were exchanged with passers by. One of them owned a lively little dog who was forever jumping about or prancing up to other dogs, but would always return to its owner, jump onto the seat and pretend to snooze – until someone else came along.
The old city would not be for those who seek a livelier scene, but it has a peaceful style of its own, in an unhurried and timeless way. The ancient saying “irse por los cerros de Ubeda” or “take the Ubeda hill routes” which means getting off a subject or wasting time, and arose when Ubeda lost trade to more commercial routes, can still apply to this peaceful place – but I suspect for not that much longer. I hope to have the chance to re-visit the city one day.
Popular Hotels in Úbeda
Plaza De Vazquez Molina 1, Ubeda, Spain, 23400, ES