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Standing 10km south of the Parque Natural de Despeñaperros, La Carolina owes its name to the Sierra Morena repopulation plan instigated by Charles III (1767), which made this town the focal point of a number of settlements scattered across the mountain. Its wide and straight streets are typical of the orderly town planning of the Age of Enlightenment. St John of the Cross stayed here for a short time, an event commemorated by the statue on Plaza del General Moscardó.

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  • La Inmaculada Concepción

    E - 23200 La Carolina

    Built on the remains of the former convent of La Peñuela, where St John of the Cross once stayed, this vast church with its simple portal houses a fine 15C statue of the Virgin of Pain and the Martyr of St Dominic, of the Ribera school.

  • Palacio del Intendente Olavide

    E - 23200 La Carolina

    Former property of Don Pablo de Olavide, who helped raise the profile of the whole region. Note the neo-classical monumental façade with a large royal coat of arms.

  • Former prison

    E - 23200 La Carolina

    In this former neo-classical prison, General Rafael del Riego (1785-1823) was held before being sent to Madrid for his execution. In 1820, he forced King Ferdinand VII to accept the Constitution of Cadiz, then fought against French intervention inten..

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  • Hotel la Perdiz

    Autovía de Andalucía, Km. 268 E - 23200 La Carolina

    Featuring a swimming pool surrounded by gardens, Hotel La Perdiz is located in the Andalusian countryside, in the town of La Carolina. The hotel offers free onsite parking and free Wi-Fi. Decorated in a traditional style, the air-conditioned rooms a..

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