With a population of less that 350, Hinojares is the smallest municipality in Jaen. Hinojares can really be described in one sentence . . . a group of pretty dwellings surrounding the Plaza Constitucion and the Iglesias de San Marcos.
Its real value is its location, in the southern foothills of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas National Park.
The village provides a wonderful, relaxing respite after a hard day walking, cycling or canoeing in the Sierras.
Traxinum to Hinojares
As with many of the settlements in this area, Hinojares has ancient roots. It was called Traxinum during the Roman period and that name was probably applied to the nearby Ibero-Roman settlement. Its modern name derives from the amount of fennel, hinojo, that was produced in the area during the Moorish period.
Life in most villages revolves around the local bar – it’s no different in Hinojares.
Our favourite bar, Bar Social is a few short strides down the road (closed Mondays) has a lovely large terrace area, ideal for watching the sun go down whilst enjoying a cold drink & tapas or try something from their menu – I love their fried chicken wings or the lomo con patatas
We also have an ice cream/drinks kiosk with shaded seating, that also serves alcohol and coffees (Summer opening only).
And now we have a municipal pool – just 5 minutes walk from the house!
Relax and slow down to the pace of life in Hinojares.
The village might be small but there is lots to see and do.
- Visit the local church – Iglesias de San Marcos
- Walk the windy, narrow village streets
- People watch in the village square
– Plaza de la Constitución
- Take a wine and a tapas at our favourite bar
– Bar Social
- Go riding from the local stables
- Swim at the local municipal pool