It seemed like it had rained the whole night and the rest of the morning sunshine and showers would alternate. After breakfast we checked out and I once again volunteered to drive to Cordoba. Since tomorrow seemed more than enough time to visit all the sights in that city we decided to take a detour into the Jaen Province and visit the two sister cities Baeza and Ubeda. This is where the Christian conquest over the Muslims began in the early 13th century and from where the Muslims had fled to Granada. So, from the medieval Moslim past we stepped into the Christian Renaissance and Gothics from the 16th century after a 1,5 hour drive through seemingly endless hills filled with olive trees.
We arrived in Baeza around half past 10 and after a cup of coffee took a stroll through the old town, checking out the fountains, catherdal, nice façade of the Palacio de Jabalquinto and the Iglesia de la Santa Cruz, one of the first churches in Andalusia to be build after the 'Reconquista'.
At a certain moment there was a series of loud bangs, like gunshots. Fortunately we realised that they weren't shooting tourists but were lighting fireworks from the catherdal, for whatever reason.
Around noon we continued to Ubeda, located only 9 km further eastwards. Waiting for the rain to stop while drinking more 'cafe con leche' at the lovely courtyard of the Palacio del Dean Ortega, we later explored the older part of this much larger village.
The most interesting buildings were located around the Plaza Vasquez de Molina, among which the Capilla de El Salvador church with its 3D façade and other buildings designed by Renaissance master Vandelvira. However, the highlight of the visit to Ubeda was the moment when an enormous motor gang of at least 100 bikers arrived at the Plaza under police escort, making it look like the Hell's Angels had gone back in time to the 16th century!