Castle of Jimena de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera

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 built 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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  • Despite dodging the rain showers was well worth the hike up the STEEP cobbled streets to visit. Great views from the two "ends" of the castle and also an interesting cemetery to visit.  more »
  • A typical Andalusian city, white houses, decorated with forged iron facade... The Castle has a fascinating view. In one day clear North Africa can be seen. Free entrance. My big complaint, call it somehow, the Junta de Andalucía-esque does not protect a monument with such features. Open to the public, without security, painted in an old well abandoned to their fate... It is that the town if you have that consideration to our Andalusian Governors missing.
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  • At the top of the hill is a castle, and a cemetery both are worth the visit. It’s been sympathetically restored and is a fantastic vantage point to espy eagles, vultures and hawks circling above. It’s...  more »
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  • Lovely scenery. Great views of Gibraltar and Africa on a clear day.
  • Good access walking, leave buggies or pushchairs in the car as the cobble stone paths are steep and rough. Great views from the walls.
  • An amazing view over the countryside and town of jimena on the one side, spectacular views on the other side of the national park. Paired with the ancient history of this Moorish castle, you feel like you are in a medieval movie set. Definitely a must see when around.
  • It's a great day trip to visit this please the wives are stunning
  • This place is amazing!
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