Jimena de la Frontera
Tourist zone: Campo de Gibraltar
Distance from the capital (km): 112
Altitude above sea level (m): 99
Area (Km2): 345.66
Nº of inhabitants: 10480
Name for people: Jimenenses o Jimenatos
Postal code: 11330
Situated between the Sierra de Ronda and the Bay of Algeciras, its fortress overlooks the hill on the slopes of which sit the white houses of this village. Occupied since Prehistory, cave paintings are still to be seen at the archaeological site of La Laja Alta, and are the only example of maritime scenes from the Bronze Age in Spain. With the Muslim invasion, Jimena was fortified and became a strategic site.
Its heritage is dominated by the castle dating from the 13th and 14th centuries (Property of Cultural Interest). Apart from the battlemented walls, features of interest include the Keep, the Albarrana Tower, the cisterns and the gateways such as the Arco del Reloj. Behind the castle, there is the Baño de la Reina Mora (The Moorish Queen’s Bath).
Other jewels of religious architecture include the Nuestra Señora de la Victoria Church, the bell-tower of Santa María la Coronada Church, La Misericordia Church and, on the outskirts, the Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles Sanctuary (15th-17th century).
The town hosts two cultural events of great importance. The first is the International Music Festival in July, which is surprising for the quality of those taking part and the stages set up in green areas, as well as in the magnificent Historical Centre of the town.
Also worthy of mention is the Jimena Station Flamenco Festival.
As Jimena is within the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, top activities include hill-walking, bicycle-touring and horse-riding. Particularly beautiful is the walk which follows the banks the River Hozgarganta, taking approximately three to four hours.
Interesting web pages with more information on this place:http://www.jimenadelafrontera.es/
Official Web of Jimena de la Frontera http://www.alcornocales.org/
Official Web of Alcornocales Natural Park http://www.mancomunidadcg.es/
Mancomunidad del Campo de Gibraltar