Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park

The Sierra de Cazorla, located in the east of the province of Jaén, gives its name to the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park. Its 214,300 hectares make it the largest protected area in Spain.

It was declared as Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO, forming a huge natural territory that stretches to the nearby Natural Parks of Sierra de Castril (Granada) and Calares del Río Mundo y de la Sima (Albacete).

The sierra de Cazorla is formed by a rough sequence of mid-altitude sierras that have their highest heights in the 2,107 meters of the hill of Las Empanadas or the peaks Cabañas and Yelmo, of 2,026 and 1,809 meters respectively.

The sierra de Cazorla has a rugged terrain with great drops, deep valleys, high walls and lush forests. Rivers such as Guadalquivir, Segura, Madera, Tus and Borosa begin to flow within this area.

Vegetation and fauna

The limestone rock that makes up most of the Sierra de Cazorla has undergone long erosive processes that have resulted in several examples of karstic landforms such as the Cerrada de Elías, the Toba, the waterfalls of Los Órganos and Chorro Gil or the cave of Las Maravillas. These minor sierras also house numerous forms of architectural and popular heritage.

Most of the protected area is dominated by holm oak, oak tree, maple tree and pine forests. By the side of the river, ashes, willows and black poplars. It is also important to mention the presence of several endemic species such as the Viola cazorlensis (Violeta de Cazorla).

The fauna of the park is the usual one in these latitudes. Large predators such as golden eagles, peregrine falcons or griffon vultures flight around. On the other hand, Iberian ibexes, foxes, wild boars, deers, roe deers, bucks or European mouflons roam freely through the forest.

Sierra de Cazorla

Hiking and how to get there

Among the wide range of paths and marked itineraries that cover the Sierra de Cazorla, the most famous might be the one of the GR-247 “Bosques del Sur” (forest of the south), with an amount of 478 kilometres distributed into 21 stages. In general, the Sierra de Cazorla has suitable terrain for all kinds of mountain activities, hiking and even water sports (in the reservoir and some river courses).

The Sierra de Cazorla is located on a land that includes 24 municipalities. Some of these places have a great historical and architectural heritage such as Cazorla or Segura de la Sierra. The road N-322 between Úbeda and Albacete runs close, leaving several detours to the protected terrain.

Find out next some recommendations on where to sleep around Sierra de Cazorla, Segura and Úbeda.

Recommendations on where to eat and where to sleep around

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In Benatae

Mesón Peñalta restaurant

In Cazorla

Mesón Leandro restaurant

Mesón Don Chema restaurant

La Sarga restaurant

La Yedra restaurant

In La Puerta de Segura

Venta San José restaurant

Casa Paco restaurant

In Orcera

La Montería restaurant

Antonio restaurant

In Quesada

Asador Casa Luciano restaurant

El Curioso restaurant

In Santiago – Pontones

Mesón Escobar restaurant

San Fernando restaurant

Los Monteros restaurant

Mesón El Cortijo restaurant

In Segura de la Sierra

La Tiná restaurant

Mirador de Peñalta restaurant

La Mesa Segureña restaurant

El Mirador de Messía de Leiva restaurant

In Siles

Siles restaurant

Mesón La Serradora restaurant

In Torres de Albánchez

Mesón El Picardo restaurant

Zahara de los Olivos restaurant

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In Benatae

El Serbal holiday cottages

In Cazorla

Cazorla tourist hotel

Ciudad de Cazorla hotel

Puerta de Cazorla hotel

Coto del Valle hotel

Puente de las Herrerías camping

San Isicio camping

In Coto-Ríos

La Chopera camping

Fuente de la Pascuala camping

Llanos de Arance camping

In Hinojares

Casería Fuentes hotel

Casas Cueva Cazorla holiday cottages

Tío Jose María holiday cottage

In Hornos de Segura

Montillana camping

In La Puerta de Segura

Los Yegüerizos holiday cottage

In Orcera

La Montería hotel

Cortillo la Julia holiday cottage

In Pozo Alcón

La Bolera camping

In Quesada

Sierra de Quesada hotel

Rural & Personal holiday cottages

In Santiago – Pontones

Río Zumeta inn

Mirasierra hotel

Refugio del Segura rural apartments

El Nacimiento holiday cottage

Las Cobachas holiday cottage

In Segura de la Sierra

Río Madera hotel

Morciguillinas hotel

Cortijo de Ramón holiday cottage

Los Huertos de Segura holiday cottage

Garrote Gordo camping

El Robledo camping

In Siles

Cruz hotel

Molino de Arriba hotel

Cortijo La Ajedrea holiday cottage

Fuente de la Canalica camping

Río Los Molinos camping

In Torres de Albánchez

Zahara de los Olivos hotel

Fuente de la Mujer holiday cottages

La Piedra holiday cottage

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Cazorlaventur  active tourism (Arroyo frío)

Olivair Flying paragliding (Beas de Segura)

Turisnat  active tourism (Cazorla)

Extreme Nature active tourism (Cazorla)

Aventura Cazorla  active tourism (Cazorla e Iruela)

El Contadero Aventuras active tourism (Cortijos Nuevos)

El Yelmo paragliding (La Puerta de Segura)

Aventura Sport active tourism (Quesada)

Cazorla Activa active tourism (Quesada)

Guadalkayak active tourism  (Villanueva del Arzobispo)

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Cazorla information point. C/ Martínez Falero, 11. Cazorla. Spain. Phone: +34 670 943 880. GPS coordinates 37º 54′ 58.02″ N – 3º 0′ 12.55″ W.

Cerrada del Utrero  information point. Ctra. del Valle – Puente de las Herrerías, km. 7. Vadillo Castril. Spain. Phone: +34 953 124 235. GPS coordinates 37º 55′ 24.86″ N – 2º 55′ 36.17″ W.

Torre del Vinagre visitor center. Ctra. A-319, km. 48,5. Santiago-Pontones. Spain. Phone: +34 953 721 351. GPS coordinates 38º 0′ 49.11″ N – 2º 52′ 22.59″ W.

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