Castle of Jimena de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera

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The Castle of Jimena de la Frontera is a castle located in Jimena de la Frontera, Spain. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1931.The castle is situated on the outskirts of Jimena de la Frontera in the Province of Cádiz, Spain. The castle was originally built by the Grenadian Moors of the Umayyad Caliphate ruling over the area of Hispania Baetica in the 8th Century. It served as one of many castles guarding both the approach to the fortifications around Gibraltar and the Bay of Algeciras where the strategic and important Moorish stronghold and fortress of Algeciras was located.HistoryThe fortress was likely build over the ruins of the ancient city of Oba which dated to pre Roman Celtiberian period. Given its strategic location on the frontier of the Gibraltar region, this fortress proved an important Moorish stronghold throughout the Muslim domination of the Iberian Peninsula.The castle was taken by the Jerezanos in 1430 and retaken by the Moorish Kingdom of Granada in 1451. In 1465, it was integrated into the Kingdom of Castille as the property of the crown. It was declared a national monument of Spain in 1931, described as the building that best represents the town of Jimena de la Frontera.
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  • It is worth climbing to the top of the village of Jimena the border to visit this castle, in regular condition, but still you can see its shape and stroll along its walls.
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  • Their views are unmatched. Beautiful place with great history, located in a wonderful village. Surrounded by the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, its spectacular surroundings.
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  • We didnt expect these breathtaking views from the top of the castle. Definitely worth a visit. 5 stars