The village, well actually it has now been given the title of 'cuidad' meaning town, has been inhabited over the years by the Romans, Cathegians, Phoenicians and Iberians, and now apparently there are a lot of Brits living there.
When we drove through it, it is a very unspoilt kind of place. Unfortunately we didnt have time to explore it.
The castle was a muslim fortress which has been built on roman/byzantine sites from the 6th-15th centuries.
There is an information office on the site at the top but this was closed when we were there.
The outer walls were modified for gun loopholes during the war of independance 1808-1812.
With such a strategic position on top of the hill this castle must have seen many battles over the centuries.
You can walk up the winding streets to the top of the hill to visit the castle grounds but its quite a climb. There is an information shop in the grounds but for some reason it wasnt open when we got there.
The remains of the Castle is situated at the higher part of the town. The entrance is free, well actually there is no one at all there, apart from a couple of hippies who where puffing away admiring the clouds. Don´t know if the clouds where there or they where been formed by what they where smoking! Some of the wall of the castle date to the 7th century. The view over the town and the surrounding area is quite good. You can drive up to the Castle, and the area around the castle seems a nice spot for picnic, or to join those hippies in cloud appreciation !! Hmmm...... LOL
In the Plaza de La Constitucion, also known by locals as El Paseo (The walk) is the tower of what remains of the Church of Santa Maria La Coronada (St. Mary the Crowned). The first mention of this church is in a book by Fray Jeronimo de La Concepcion in 1690. In 1736 it was also mentioned due to the state of disrepair the church was, and in 1946 the church was demolished keeping only the tower. This square seems to be the meeting point of the town where you will see the children playing and the locals having coffee in the bars around this square.
From the castle you will get excellent views over the town of Jimena de La Frontera and the surrounding area. Have a look at the photos, which I must say have lost a lot of quality when uploaded to VT.
Above the village, this old castle looks onto green hills and colourful fields that dot the andalucian scenery. Not many people wander around the ruins inside the castle, therefore, it's a really nice place to go and picnic !!
Au-dessus du village, ce vieux chateau donne sur des collines verdoyantes et des champs colores qui ponctuent les paysages andalous. Il n'y a pas grand monde qui se balade par la, et c'est donc bien sympathique d'y trainer et d'y pique-niquer !
Tiled roofs and white walls.... And, everywhere around, green hills... But you have to know that this picture was taken on the 26th of December !!! That's one of the good qualities of Andalucia : it's sunny when you don't expect it !!!
Des toits en tuile et des murs blancs... Et, partout autour, des collines vertes... Mais, ce qu'il faut savoir, c'est que cette photo a été prise un 26 décembre !!! C'est l'une des qualités de l'Andalousie : il y fait beau quand on ne s'y attend pas !!!
Perched upon the top of this hill, the village of Jimena de la Frontera looks so tiny... And it is !!!
Perché sur le sommet de cette colline, le village de Jimena de la Frontera paraît si petit... Et il l'est !!
The castle is made of local limestone. This round tower is called the tower of homage and is roman.
At the entrance to the castle ruins, this horseshoe entrance is Islamic. An inscription near the entrance is dated 151AD
This church was built in the 15th century and was renovated in the 16th century. It was closed during my visit to Jimena.
The entrance to the castle has a horseshoe arch. This part of the fortifications was built upon an existing Roman wall.