San José del Valle
Tourist zone: La Janda
Distance from the capital (km): 71
Altitude above sea level (m): 130
Area (Km2): 22
Nº of inhabitants: 4447
Name for people: Vallenses
Postal code: 11580
Its origins date back to the Muslim occupation, specifically to a site called “Hisn Tanbul” where a defensive fortress was built on an ancient Roman settlement. The development of the modern town is closely related to religious orders that settled in this area in search of peace and retreat, thus attracting the first colonists. San José del Valle lies on the crossroads between the White Towns Route and the Bull Route. Approximately 6 km from the town centre stands Gigonza Castle (13th-14th Centuries). This is one of the most important and best conserved monuments in the area. Although it is a medieval fortress, it occupies the site of the town of Saguntia, which was founded by the Turdetans and was later annexed
In 1695, the Discalced Carmelites settled in the Cerro de la Cruz hillside where they built a convent; today only the ruins of the church remain. It became a municipal district of Jerez de la Frontera and achieved independence as a municipality in its own right in 1995.
San José is very near to the reservoirs of Guadalcacín II and Los Hurones. The former has an artificial beach where visitors can go swimming and practice different water sports such as kayaking, rowing, surfing, or sailing. The “Charco de los Hurones” reservoir, as the latter is popularly known, is surrounded by beautiful mountain landscapes and exuberant vegetation, an ideal spot to spend the day in contact with nature or fishing.
Interesting web pages with more information on this place:http://www.alcornocales.org/
Official Web of Alcornocales Natural Park http://www.sanjosedelvalle.es/
Official Web of San José del Valle http://www.comarcalajanda.org/
Web de la Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Janda