About Jimena de la Frontera

Jimena de la Frontera is a historic town and municipality located in the province of Cádiz, Spain. It is surrounded by the Los Alcornocales Natural Park with stunning views of the surrounding country side and Natural park. The village is perched on a hill side crowned by it’s Moorish castle. It is also on one of the main paths for migratory birds. Ideal for bird watchers, walkers and lovers of fauna and flora, good food and great atmosphere. Jimena still retains it’s very Spanish feeling.

Today, Jimena’s population including San Pablo and Tesorillo is around 10,000 has been made up of an increasing number of europeans, including Norwegians, Belgiums, French, German and British, many of which have tastefully restored many of Jimena’s traditional houses.

Jimena offers a well equipped health centre (open 24 hours), nursery, primary and secondary schools also the international school of Sotogrande (25min). A municipal swimming pool, sports pavilion, paddle, football and horse riding available locally. Ideal for bikers, hickers and walkers.

The town is served by road and rail and bus. The main road stretches north to Ronda, and south to San Roque. The railway station is situated just outside the town in nearby Estación de Jimena. Several trains a day stop at Jimena on the line between Algeciras and Granada. Only 30 minute drive to the Mediterranean coast and a 40 minute drive to the white sands of the Atlantic Costa de la Luz and Tarifa famous for kite, wind surfing and night life.

The village of Jimena de la Frontera became a town in 1879, during the reign of Alfonso XII. The castle was built on the hill by the Moors around 750 A.D. as part of making Jimena a strategic military position, today it is known as Castillo de Jimena. Views stretch as far Gibraltar to the south. It is believed that the castle was built on Roman ruins, constructed using locally sourced limestone.

Geographical boundaries:

To the North: Cortes de la Frontera and Gaucin in the Malaga province.
To the South: Castellar de la Frontera y San Roque.
To the East: Gaucín and Casares.
To the West: Alcalá de los Gazules.

Jimena de la Frontera - historical map

Traditions & Fiestas

Traditions & Fiestas

Costa del Sol - 25 mins

Gibraltar - 40 Mins