Jimena de la Frontera

Hozgarganta, river, Jimena

Jimena de la Frontera is a little dreamy village situated on a hill towering 200 meters above sea level and surrounded by the beautiful Los Alcornocales Natural Park, with one of the biggest cork oak forests in Europe.[codepeople-post-map]

Perched high above the village centre, there is an old castle fortress, a National Monument since 1931, with magnificent panoramic views of the surround area. The fortification does attract much attention these days, yet, in the past it witnessed many bloody battles. While there are not many attractions in the elevated centre of Jimena itself, you fill find the little maze made of narrow and steep cobbled streets most enjoyable to walk or, if you dare, to run around!

One of the main attractions of the ancient Jimena is a walking trail along the picturesque Hozgarganta river with unmatched views of waterfalls and quiet Andalucian countryside. If during your hike you feel like cooling off from summer heat, take advantage of the river’s clean water and plenty of safe spots for swimming.

If what you are looking for is getting close to Andalucian nature and indulging in marvelous and varied hikes, at a cheap price, plan a trip to Jimena de la Frontera. Recommended time to visit: spring and early autumn.

Jimena de la Frontera – nearest destinations: Castellar de la Frontera, Ronda

Grazalema

Located at a height of 800m, Grazalema is a small white village situated in the foothills of the craggy Sierra del Pinar mountain range, only 15 km south of the beautiful Zahara de la Sierra.

The village is located in the middle of Sierra de Grazalema national park, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. It’s a real unspoilt mountainous paradise for hikers, climbers, photographers and bird watchers. Since 1977, the park is UNESCO’s “Biosphere Reserve” UNESCO due to the exceptional variety and wealth of its fauna and flora. Griffon vultures, four species of easgles, more than 80 butterfly species and over thirty species of orchids can be found in the park.

The area between Grazalema and Zahara is full of walking trails of varying length and degrees of dicciculty. If you want to explore it on foot, Grazalema is the right place to stay. Best time to come: spring and autumn (October, November)

Grazalema – nearest destinations: Zahara de la Sierra, Arcos de la Frontera.

Closest airport: Jerez de la Frontera.

TOP HIKING TRAILS NEAR GRAZALEMA:

  1. The summit of Simancon at 1560 m – climbing the seconf highest peak in the region can be a challge but worth rhe effort, beautiful forests, bretataking panoramic views from the top
  2. Puerto de Boyar (Boyar Pass) at 1264 m – 9,5 km long, amazing limestone rock formations, rich flora
  3. Garganta Verde – 5 km both ways, spectacular views of the famous deep gorge, different species of birds including griffon vulture the trail is located in the reservation area, a permission from park offices in El Bosque or information centre in Grazalema is always required to access