Along with its bigger sister Ubeda, Baeza is a lovely little town for a leisurely early morning or early evening stroll. Blocks of well-preserved renaissance architecture line its narrow streets built by artisans during the 16th century. Don't miss the cathedral, church of Santa Cruz, Palacio Jabalquinto and the beautiful squares and fountains reminiscent of Italian towns.
Baeza, Spain has been a town since the Romans control of Spain. In the 700's when the Muslims took Spain, it is said to have had 50,000 residents. Today the town has over 16,000 residents. It is a Unesco site recognizing the importance of the Italian Renaissance architecture, the many palaces and university buildings of the 1500's. The town has an immense amount of charm and the medieval streets invites the visitor to explore. The Cathedral is beautifully constructed and sits high upon the hill overlooking the city. The viewpoint on the ridge allows the visitor a clear view of the valley for miles. It is wonderful to stand and imagine the history the town has seen since the days of the Romans, through Muslim occupation, into the reconquest and through to the present day. Nearby is the city of Ubeda, another must see city.
A compact city with interesting history. Most churches, old university etc are open for a visit.Free city wifi at the main square..
A nice old town to walk around, lots of nice medieval buildings to view. Nice atmosphere. Nothing to dislike.
I was booked into the Parador in Ubeda (a must-see) and so Baeza was a half-day visit to the heart of this historic city. It is quite small and a few hours are probably long enough to appreciate its beauties. Ubeda is more spectacular, bu t as they are so colse to each other I would always suggest taking them both in when in that part of Spain.
Here is undiscovered gem of a town. Buildings show the influence of different centuries of culture; medieval, mudejar, renaissance architecture abounds. Walk around, get lost, find hidden gems everywhere. Best of all, you can do this without dealing with hordes of other tourists.
Baeza is a small city but its old town is wonderful: it is pure Renaissance, it seems one goes back in the time to the XVI century. Also, the old town and the new one is separated and well delimited.
Great mix of old and new: the old is next to the new unlike Ubeda where the old town is on its own. As in Bologna you have arcades to keep off the sun and rain, and a train and a bus to tour round in: both great value, as there is much to see over a wide area. We loved Baeza unreservedly. Very Very Spanish.
Beautiful old town with lots of old walls and buildings in Renaissance style. The tourist office is in a lovely old building and the man who spoke to us was so helpful and enthusiastic. He spoke amazing English too. We visited the cathedral which was beautiful and inexpensive! An audio guide was included in the entrance fee of 4 euros and was very informative.Just walking around the historic centre was a really pleasant way of spending an afternoon and enabled you to really soak up the atmosphere.
We stayed in beautiful Ubeda, but spent one afternoon in Beaza (10 km away). The old town is like a big lovely museum with breath taking houses all around.
It is rich in history with a beautiful university to view. Typical in your thoughts of Spain for city streets with much to explore. A must is the cathedral and very beautiful . This city plays an important part in the history and development of Spain to reclaim parts of Andulcia . It's about 4 hours south of Madrid by car but worth the trip if you have time and enjoy viewing pre renaissance and Renaissance Spain .
It's worth a couple of hours to take a stroll through the old town portion of Baeza. We just followed a walking tour laid out in one of our guidebooks and we really enjoyed it. It's a beautiful little town with lovely old buildings featuring a variety of architecture.
In winter it was a sleepy town but it was a nice visit. Please Visit the University (open for public) to see a beautiful patio. You and also see some of them in e.g open hotels or banks.
A lovely place to visit for a weekend. Our hotel (Puerta de la Luna) had those little mp3 audiodguides with headphones which were excellent for an hour-and-a-half walk around the old quarters (we took more than 2 hours stopping for lunch and coffee and cakes), fantastic explination and stories.
This is a terrific place and the first weekend in May is the perfect time to mingle with the beautiful men in this beautiful town. But gratitude really goes to the wives and mothers of the Holy Family Fraternity for the Galician Octopus and the Paella.