292 Kms from Jaén
Where: SpainWhat to do: The golden triangle of the big three galleries, Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, should be on top of your list. If you still have some appetite left for art, head to the Museo Lázaro Galdiano, to see what the locals of Madrid lust after. Plan your trip to reach on a Sunday when the El Rastro is open, this market is known for great bargains on souvenirs and hidden gems. Don't leave Madrid without dining at the oldest restaurant in the world (as recognized by Guinness), Restaurante Sobrino de Botín.
196 Kms from Jaén
-Trying local cuisines
165 Kms from Jaén
Turning right out of Gaucin onto the A369 leads straight to the crown jewel of the Malaga province. Built atop a canyon that is hundreds of feet deep, Ronda’s three scenic bridges are world-famous. There are ruins of a fortress and a beautiful 16th century church, but Ronda is perhaps best known for its famous visitors. Ernest Hemingway, who spent much time in Ronda, claimed that if one were only to see a single bullfight, Ronda would be the place to do it (I’ll pass on that). Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls (about the Spanish civil war) is said to be based on the executions of Nationalists who were thrown off the hills of Ronda into the canyon below. Orson Wells, Rainer Maria Wilke and the English writer, George Eliot also spent time in the spectacular town of Ronda. Several charming hotels and B&B’s are available in Ronda, so if you have the chance, stay the night.