Jaen, "La Capital del Santo Reino", with its steep, narrow maze of streets in the center of the city, is situated in south-central Spain amidst a landscape of olive groves. The old city center contains beautiful squares with statues and fountains, and the street cafes and restaurants give the city a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Cultural tourism is increasing in Jaen due to its Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and the imposing St Catherine's Castle and Jaen Cathedral. As an expatriate living in Jaen, you will need to speak fluent Spanish to get by, despite Jaen having an international student population. English is not widely spoken or understood! The InterNations global community of expats can offer friendship and support to fellow members living in Spain, and registering as a member grants you, for example, access to the online forums and discussion groups with thousands of threads on many subjects of interest to expatriates. As a member, you should easily be able to find other InterNations members in Spain and Jaen in particular for mutual friendship.
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The nearest airport is in Granada, and regional trains from Madrid, together with buses from Malaga and Granada reach Jaen. With limited parking facilities, the city is best negotiated on foot or by bicycle. Expats moving to Jean will find that properties in Jaen are very reasonably priced, especially when compared to the tourist areas to the south. Spain has strict rules on residency and issue of driving licenses, so for advice, turning to fellow InterNations expats in Jaen or other Spanish cities who understand the legal system is often the best option. The InterNations community members can be trusted to give up to date information and tips on moving to Jaen. For more general advice on the process of relocating to a new country as an expatriate, InterNations has its own online publication, the Expat Magazine which contains a range of topics and a wealth of information to guide you through the process of relocation itself, and expatriation in general.
Surrounded by olive groves, Jaen's economy is heavily dependent on the olive crop, though leather tanning, distilling, textiles, and confectionery are also established industries. As an expatriate working in Jaen, meeting other InterNations members is certainly possible, and networking to establish business and social contacts should help make your time in Jaen a pleasant and productive one. The Renaissance city of Jaen has much to offer InterNations members, for example, with fine dining at the Castle of Santa Catalina and its views across the city, and the impressive Jaen Cathedral and other Renaissance buildings to visit. For the more energetic, the Via Verde del Aceite, the "Oil Train Greenway" allows cyclists and walkers to enjoy the beautiful countryside around Jaen.