One of the great attractions Baeza offers is its gastronomy based on history and its peculiar geographical location. In many native dishes, you can find influences from Roman, Islamic Jewish, Moorish, or Mudejar cuisine, civilizations that have marked Baeza culture over the centuries and that have merged with native culinary habits. Traditional cuisine is also closely related to seasonal and festive cycles, as well as to the basic raw materials of the land. All the recipes take as reference the liquid gold from the olive groves of the province of Jaén: Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Of course, olive oil is the great star of cuisine in Baeza and throughout the region. The province of Jaén is the largest producer in the world and its land makes some of the best oils on the planet. The benefits of this wonderful product are innumerable. Science has shown that its characteristics are healthy and medicinal, not to mention its excellent culinary qualities.

Restaurantes y Bares de tapas

What to eat in Baeza

In addition to olive oil, Baeza’s recipe book is wide and varied, where products from the garden and game are combined. The name of some of these dishes can hardly be heard outside these domains: ochío, pipirrana, cuarrecano, hornazo, and morrococo, among others. Others are better known, but in each place, they have a particular and own way of making them: Migas, rags, black pudding in a boiler, cod, orza loin…

Desserts are another gastronomic element inherited from Andalusian and conventual cuisine, so present in our recipe book. The native sweets such as porridge, pestiños, aniseed donuts, or the famous virolos are a delight for the palate.

Baeza is a city with an enormous historical-monumental heritage, an ideal place to cultivate all the senses. Strolling through its streets and squares, full of character and identity, we can find restaurants in a palace, an old convent, or a noble house. Places where you can savor the tradition of Andalusian cuisine from the interior, but which have also evolved to adapt to the demands of a rich, varied and healthy diet.

Baeza tapas

Baeza cuisine can also be enjoyed following one of the most deeply rooted local traditions, tapas. In all the bars and taverns of Baeza, each drink the client consumes will be accompanied by a courtesy tapa, which is a tasting of a small portion of the local cuisine.

As a result of this tradition, the Baeza de Tapas contest is held at the end of February or the beginning of March, in which several local restaurants and bars compete to offer the best tapas. A healthy competition that the client enjoys to the fullest.


  • Taste the virolos and the ochíos.
  • Tapas on the terraces of the pedestrian streets.
  • Try the pastries of the convents.
  • Visit the Olive Tree Culture Museum at Hacienda La Laguna.
  • Visit the food market and oil mills in the area.