Úbeda Things to Do

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    Iglesia de San Pablo

    by Aitana Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    This is one of the oldest churches in Ubeda, possibly built in the Visigoth period.
    One of the fronts (on Cervantes st.) is Romanesque and the other (Plaza 1 de Mayo) is Isabeline Gothic. The tower is Renaissance. There is a Renaissance fountain attached to the apse.
    Inside, the predominant style is late Gothic and outstand the Plateresque grillwork of the chapels.
    Until the XV century the city Council used to meet there. The old Town Hall is in the same square in the centre of the old city.

    Gothic front Detail of the Gothic gate

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    Casa de las Torres

    by Aitana Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    The house of the Towers is a civil palace that was rebuilt ca. 1520. It seems a medieval castle flanked by towers but the façade is fully Renaissance style.
    Today it houses the School of Arts.

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    Museo arqueológico

    by Aitana Written Apr 7, 2009

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    The museum occupies a Mudéjar house. There are findings from the prehistory, the Agaric culture, Iberian and Roman periods and Visigoth and Muslim times. For me, the most interesting was the museum itself: the patio and the upper gallery of this nice mudéjar house.

    Entrance Gallery

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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 21 - Trinidad

    by alucas Written Oct 22, 2006

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    Just before you get to Plaza de Andalucia, you will pass on your right the Iglesia de la Trinidad. This imposing church with its tower is one of the few Baroque buildings in the city. Note the imposing doorways, and the detail of the carvings above the door. This is another church that we did not manage to enter - we really must start sightseeing earlier in the day !

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    This tip is one of a sequence describing a walking tour around the heart of Ubeda. If you reached this tip from the Travel Guide and haven’t read the tour from the beginning please click on the link above to go to my Ubeda page.

    Ubeda -Iglesia de la Trinidad Ubeda - Iglesia de la Trinidad - west door Iglesia de la Trinidad - carving over south door

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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 20 - Puerta del Losal

    by alucas Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    At the bottom of Cuesta del Losal you will come to the Puerta del Losal - a fine example of a medieval gate, with a substantial portion of the old city walls still standing.

    Bear left through the gate and follow the walls back to Plaza de Andalucia, passing along Calle Corpedrea de San Fernando. In front of the wall, for a large part of its length are buildings, but halfway back to the Plaza, you will find the Torre Octogonal - the only remaining original tower of the old walled precinct. (Sorry, no picture, as the sun was right behind it !). We saw the floral decorations in several places in this area - perhaps for a saint's day ?

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    This tip is one of a sequence describing a walking tour around the heart of Ubeda. If you reached this tip from the Travel Guide and haven’t read the tour from the beginning please click on the link above to go to my Ubeda page.

    Ubeda - Puerta del Losal

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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 19 - Cuesta del Losal

    by alucas Written Oct 22, 2006

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    Leave Plaza del Mayo in the north-east corner and turn into Calle Losal. This steep street is typical of the buildings in this older part of Ubeda and leads down to the area of San Milan. Don't forget to look up the side streets - the second picture shows Calle Carmen (I think !) with the bell tower of the Oratorio de Sn Juan de la Cruz in the background.

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    This tip is one of a sequence describing a walking tour around the heart of Ubeda. If you reached this tip from the Travel Guide and haven’t read the tour from the beginning please click on the link above to go to my Ubeda page.

    Ubeda - Cuesta del Losal Ubeda - Calle Carmen

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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 18 - Plaza 1 Mayo

    by alucas Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    Plaza del Primero De Mayo is one of the few larger squares in historic Ubeda. It is lined with trees, has a bandstand, and is a pleasant place to sit and rest those aching feet. There are a couple of bars on the east side, but in early May they didn't seem to be open much (but it was midweek and quiet). I expect trade is much better at the weekends and in the summer - there were certainly plenty of tables and chairs around !

    On the north side of the square is the Iglesia de San Pablo - one of Ubeda's bigger churches. Unfortunately, despite being just round the corner from our hotel, we didn't manage to go in - each time we walked past it was either closed or there was a service about to start. Another one for the list of places to go back to !

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    This tip is one of a sequence describing a walking tour around the heart of Ubeda. If you reached this tip from the Travel Guide and haven’t read the tour from the beginning please click on the link above to go to my Ubeda page.

    Ubeda - Plaza del Primero De Mayo Iglesia de San Pablo Ubeda - Plaza del Primero De Mayo

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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 15 - Casa de las Torres

    by alucas Updated Oct 7, 2006

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    Casa de las Torres was built in 1520, and is named because of the two fortified towers in the front façade. It was probably the first palace built in the town, and was originally owned by Davalos Condestable. Have a close look at the second photo, and admire the front door with its studs and fittings, and the fine carvings in the stone columns and frieze, and the gargoyle in the third photo.

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    This tip is one of a sequence describing a walking tour around the heart of Ubeda. If you reached this tip from the Travel Guide and haven’t read the tour from the beginning please click on the link above to go to my Ubeda page.

    Casa de las Torres Casa de las Torres - front entrance Casa de las Torres - gargoyle
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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 14 - Plaza San Lorenzo

    by alucas Updated Oct 7, 2006

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    Plaza San Lorenzo is a quiet square, away from the normal traffic routes. The Church of San Lorenzo, on the east side of the square, lies just outside the line of the old city walls, facing out to the view over the valley. On the opposite side of the square is Casa de las Torres - which is featured in the next tip.

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    This tip is one of a sequence describing a walking tour around the heart of Ubeda. If you reached this tip from the Travel Guide and haven’t read the tour from the beginning please click on the link above to go to my Ubeda page.

    Plaza San Lorenzo Looking across to S. Maria de los Reales Alcazares

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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 16 - Iglesia San Pedro

    by alucas Updated Oct 5, 2006

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    From Plaza San Lorenzo walk on up Calle de Jurado Gomez, and then turn sharp right into the tiny square of Plaza del Marques. Go up Calle de Antonio Medina, and you will reach Plaza San Pedro, with Iglesia San Pedro on the far side. (Notes on church to follow). Have a look at the fine doorway with its delicate columns and wonderful stone carvings over the door

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    This tip is one of a sequence describing a walking tour around the heart of Ubeda. If you reached this tip from the Travel Guide and haven’t read the tour from the beginning please click on the link above to go to my Ubeda page.

    Plaza San Pedro Iglesia San Pedro

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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 17 - Calle Juan Pasqual

    by alucas Updated Oct 5, 2006

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    If you continue north-east from Plaza San Pedro along Calle de Juan Pasqual you will be back on Calle Real, just by the Palacio del Conde de Guardino, with its distinctive tower. Juan Pasqual is lined with these lion heads, which prevent parking in this pretty street.

    Turn left and walk up Calle Real, and you will get back to Plaza de Andalucia. There are some bars round the corner, where you can get a well-earned drink, and maybe a snack after your long walk.

    Alternatively, turn right instead and walk down Calle Real, and turn left up M de Molina, and you will reach Plaza del Primero De Mayo.

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    This tip is one of a sequence describing a walking tour around the heart of Ubeda. If you reached this tip from the Travel Guide and haven’t read the tour from the beginning please click on the link above to go to my Ubeda page.

    Calle de Juan Pasqual Calle de Juan Pasqual - lion's head

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    A palace or church on every corner !

    by elucas Updated Oct 4, 2006

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    Palacio Vela de los Cobos - the handsome family seat of the Cobos family. The palace has an elegant loggia on the top floor and most unusual windows on the corner of the building. Ask at the tourist office for opening hours.

    Not far away is the early 17th century Palacio de Conde Guadiana - another impressive building with corner windows - all very useful as the important families could then "keep an eye on one another".

    The church of San Pedro is one of several ancient churches in the old city.

    If you enlarge the picture of the sundial on a palace wall you can clearly see the date - 1604.

    Tourist office: Palacio Marques de Contadero, C/Baja del Marques 4 (off Piazza del Ayuntamiento).
    Tel: 953 75 08 97. Open Mon-Sat 8-3. Closed Sunday.

    Palacio Vela de los Cobos Palacio de Conde Guadiana Church of San Pedro Sundial

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    Ubeda - high in the hills

    by elucas Updated Oct 4, 2006

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    There are wonderful views from the city walls across miles of unspoilt Andalucian countryside. Mile upon mile of olive trees – olive oil always has been a crucial source of income to this area – and was an important source of wealth to the aristocratic families of Ubeda.

    View from the city walls

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    Imagine . . .

    by elucas Updated Sep 19, 2006

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    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.

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    Some details . . .

    by elucas Updated Sep 19, 2006

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    Many of the buildings are decorated with figures, gargoyles, family crests or saints, which all add to the character of the town and emphazise the wealth of their original owners.

    This little gargoyle is one of four on the top of the front facade of the Casa de las Torres on Plaza San Lorenzo. Behind and around are a selection of mythological creatures. The Casa was commissioned by Andres Davalos, who was a Governor of Ubeda, in the early 16th century. The facade of the Casa is shown in the second picture in this tip.

    The other pictures show a couple sitting on either side of the top of an archway - the lady appears to be holding a bunch of grapes, another shows a small tower, and finally the family crest over the front door of the Palacio de las Cadenas in Plaza Vazquez de Molina.

    Gargoyle Casa de las Torres Typical archway decoration Decorative tower Crest over Palacio Cadenas
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