On a rocky crag 5km (3 miles) from the center of Jaén, this restored castle dominates the city. Today it is the site of the Parador de Jaén, reason enough for many visitors to stop over here. Originally the Moors constructed the fortress, although it is said that Hannibal's men built the first watchtower here. The Nasrid caliph, Alhamar, builder of the Alcázar at Granada, ordered construction of the castle. Later King Ferdinand III captured it and took the Castillo in 1246 in time to celebrate the Feast Day of patron saint Santa Catalina (St. Catherine). Of course, you can stay or dine at the parador, but the reason many sightseers trek up here is to enjoy the finest and most panoramic view in the province.