The Tourist Office of Jijona organises cultural tours of the old part of the town so that the visitor can get to learn a little about the history and culture of this “sweet” town while enjoying a pleasant walk.
The present location of the town dates back to the Almohad era, between the end of the XII century and the beginning of the XIII century. The original nucleus was the castle around which the old quarter was constructed, and from where watch could be kept over the coast so the town could defend itself against the Corsair threat.
All the cultures which have passed through the town have left their mark on Jijona. The castle is a tangible example of Arab culture. We can find the Middle-Ages represented in the old quarter where the maze of narrow streets takes us back to the XIV century. An example from these times which stands out is the old church built to honour Saint Mary, possibly on the ruins of an ancient mosque.
Other emblematic buildings are: the parish church built in Renaissance style in honour of Our Lady of the Assumption; the Franciscan convent with its Baroque-style church and its chapel which is unique in the province in being a building adjacent to the convent. Today it houses the Municipal Archive whose oldest document dates back to 1350.