San José del Valle

San José del Valle

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San José del Valle
Parque Natural de Los Alcornocales.
San José del Valle
San José del Valle
San José del Valle
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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

to Rome as a stipendiary town. Very near the castle are the ruins of the Gigonza Baths. Their sulphurous waters made them very popular in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. Paterna de Rivera has an enviable environmental heritage. Just one step away from the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, it has many beautiful spots such as the source of the El Tempul spring or the Sierra de Cabras, as well as interesting animal species like roe deer, deer, genets, foxes, imperial eagles, eagle owls or kites. This is a genuine hunters’ paradise. Visitors can stop at any of the local roadside restaurants to sample traditional game dishes or buy tasty country-style bread. There are also sign-posted hiking and mountain bike routes.


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.

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Interesting web pages with more information on this place:
Official Web of Alcornocales Natural Park
Official Web of San José del Valle
Web de la Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Janda


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