Reservoir in the Sierra de Segura

Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Nature Reserve


The largest protected nature area in Spain

This nature reserve includes most of the Sierras de Cazorla y Segura Biosphere Reserve, designated by the UNESCO in 1983 and with an area of 190,000 hectares. The Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Nature Reserve has an area of 200,000 hectares and spectacularly beautiful scenery, as well as being home to various species which are unique in the world.

This is the largest protected nature area in Spain. These 200,000 hectares of mountains are located to the northwest of Jaén, with leafy pinewoods containing unique species such as the Cazorla violet, the Valverde lizard, a narcissus that is claimed to be the smallest in the world, and a particular carnivorous plant. This is the birthplace of the Guadalquivir (in the site known as the Cañada de las Fuentes, at a height of over 1,330 metres) and Segura rivers. The Reserve covers lands from 23 municipal districts in the regions of Cazorla, Segura, Quesada and Las Villas, and has the privilege of being home to various species such as the Spanish ibex, red deer and wild boar, as well as mouflons, which can be seen living in semi-captivity in the Collado del Almendral game park.

Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Nature Reserve

Jaén  (Andalusia)

Type of area:Natural Park Area:209,920 hectares Tel.:+34 953 711 534 Website:Sierras de Cazorla Website: Segura y Las Villas Nature Reserve

Granada (Andalusia):

  • Puebla de Don Fadrique
  • Jaén (Andalusia):

Carretera de Cazorla a El Tranco (A-319), km. 47 (a 1,5 km. en el desvío hacia Loma de Maiángela y el río Borosa)

23478  Santo Tomé, Jaén  (Andalusia) Tel.:+34 671 596 098 Website:Visitor centre website

VISITOR CENTRE Torre del Vinagre

Carretera A-319, PK. 48,5.

23290  Santiago-Pontones, Jaén  (Andalusia) Tel.:+34 953 890 158 Website:Visitor centre website
Useful information

What you need to know

  • Cultural information

    Other places worth visiting are the village of Coto Ríos and the Tranco de Beas reservoir, in addition to the historic-artistic site of Segura de la Sierra, San Miguel castle in Bujaraiza, the Arab and Christian castles in Cazorla and the castle and lookout tower in Tíscar.

  • Environmental information

    The flora in the reserve is one of the richest in Europe, with over 1,300 recorded species. Of these, at least 24 are exclusive to these lands, including the Austrian pine, a native species found growing at altitudes of over 1,200 metres.

  • Information for visits

    Check with the visitor centres.