Vilches - Giribaile

GIRIBAILE FORTIFIED CITY


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Giribaile is located at the confluence of the rivers Guadalimar and Guadalén, in the municipality of Vilches. The archaeological zone occupies a prominent position at the edge of a plateau, the fortified drop providing both the boundary and the main access to the Iberian city. Covering 18 hectares it is considered to be one of the largest Iberian settlements in Jaén province.

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Today, you can go to the Visitor Centre in Viches and see how this important site developed throughout history.
In the archaeological site you can visit a prehistoric sanctuary, an Iberian settlement, an Early Christian or Visigoth monastery or hermitage and an Almohad castle, all set amidst beautiful surroundings of olive groves and mountains.

Scenery, culture, heritage, history, nature and hiking converge in Giribaile, where traces of the peoples and cultures that have lived here over the centuries can still be found. Next to the remains of the castle, travellers can also see the ruins of the great wall that encircled the Iberian oppidum, an important city in a strategic location on the road that linked Cástulo and the east. It was abandoned after being razed to the ground by the Romans. The numerous caves scattered on the sides of the hill, known as the Cuevas de Espeluca, are also intriguing.

Visiting times

SATURDAYS FROM 10:00 TO 14:00.
TELEPHONE TO BOOK VISITS
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Contact

  953 630 075

  616 311 128 / 637 784 927

  juventudvilches@gmail.com

Advice for visitors

  • A trip to the Visitors Centre is recommended before visiting the site.
  • Comfortable footwear is recommended for visiting the site.

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Location and access

The Iberian city can be reached along the A-312 regional road that links the towns of Linares and Arquillos. Go past the Guadalén turnoff and turn onto a road on the right. Continue straight on for four kilometres until you arrive at the foot of the settlement.

The visitors centre is located in calle Cerrillo, s/n de Vilches.