Jimena de la Frontera


Andalucia is famous for its "White villages” and there is no prettier nor more interesting example than Jimena de la Frontera situated in the province of Cadiz on the very edge of the Natural Park El Alcornocales and bordered by the river Hozgarganta. The town itself nestles beneath a Moorish castle perched on top of a hill and the influence of the Moors, Romans and Phoenicians who occupied the town at one time or another have created a fascinating place to visit and explore for visitors and locals alike. Today, with a population of just 10,000   the old traditions are still celebrated during ferias, rocios and fiestas non more notable than the Mushroom and Fungi 3 day event each November when folks take to the hills and collect mushrooms including the famous Chanterelle, to identify and then learn how and what to cook. Although steeped in history this "pueblo” offers all mod cons for  modern day living such as Western Union, banks, supermarkets, a deli, 24 hr medical centre,schools, fabulous bars and restaurants etc.

Road links now place Gibraltar with its airport a mere 40 mins away with Jerez 1 hr 30 and Malaga 1hr 25. A nearby rail link also enables travel to anywhere in Europe so Jimena is in the country but not isolated. The resort of Sotogrande and the beautiful Mediterranean is only 25 minutes away and offers an International school, polo, top class golf courses, sailing etc and for those who like to shop ,the designer shops of Marbella are only 45 mins away.

This area is renowned for its natural unspoilt beauty and is criss-crossed with trails for walkers or riders. From here the sporty or just the lovers of nature can indulge in most kinds of outdoor activities.