La Rabita – Jaen

La Rabita in Jaen province is placed on the outskirt of Sierra de San Pedro, located northwest of Alcala la Real. Its origin dates back to the Muslim era when it was called Asbatit and todays name came from ribat which is an Islamic religious, military construction.

Local information

Ayuntamiento de La Rabita
Pedania de Alcala la Real
Crta. de Alcaudete 31, 23684 La Rabita, Alcala la Real (Jaen)
Telephone: 902-505-061 / 953-599-617

Health Clinic Bars, shops, restaurants Schools Municipal pool Beach
1h 40 min
Golf nearby Malaga 153km Granada 70km Jaen 63 Km Bus and train
Malaga airport
Granada airport
Seville airport


Main information

Its origin, as its name “ribat” (Islamic religious-military construction), goes back to the Muslim era, during which it was called Asbatit or Asbit. During the Middle Ages, La Rabita in Jaen was one of the most important villages of the territory as it was located on the border with the Kingdom of Granada and they could control the road from Granada to Cordoba.

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At the end of the 9th century, the conflict between Arabs and Muladies provoked the fragmentation of the territory. Ibn Mastana, governor of the strongholds located between Jaen and Cordoba and one of the main leaders of the Muladies followers of Omar ibn Hafsun received the support of the Banu Asin, who remained in fact independent until they were dominated by the caliph of al-andalus Abd al-Rahman III.

Conquered Alcala on August 15th, 1341 by Alfonso XI de Castilla, the territory gradually lost its strategic value, but this did not make the enclave disappear and in 1826 there are references to ‘Alcala la Real with its villages of Frailes, Charilla, Santa Ana and La Rabita in Jaen’.

Town video


  • Feria Virgen del Carmen – In May takes place the festivity of the Virgen del Carmen and it lasts for several days, with sports and religious events and finishes whith the procession of the Virgen del Carmen.
  • Festividad de San Jose – This is a religious festivity celebrated in March.

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