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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  • Hardly any tourists! Pretty town and interesting castle, with panoramic views, and tons of atmosphere!  more »
  • Great evening stroll up to Castle, views of Gibraltar and Africa, best with a westerly blowing. Bruite Leonado ( I think) on most days flying above you, sometimes up to 10-12.  more »
  • Nice walk for about 1 hour. The view from there is perfect. Old castle walls show the history. Some stairs to climb but nothing to fear. You can take a picnic up there to enjoy the view. Behind the wh...  more »
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  • I love to go up to the Castle, it is a beautiful place since you can see all the people and that naravilloso landscape that surrounds you.
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  • Great views and great building of last time of Al - Andalus. I loved the entrance door prepared for possible attacks on the fortress.
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  • Great place
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  • A castle that is worth a visit with a view that you can not pass. It is worth to deviate. Eye with the rise in car because it is pronounced! Lol
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