Jimena de la Frontera

Jimena de la Frontera is a municipality in the eastern part of the province of Cádiz (Andalusia, Spain). The 10,412 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013) spread across the center and the districts belonging to Jimena de San Pablo Buceite, Estación de Jimena ( with the station) and San Martin del Tesorillo. The place is located in the comarca of Campo de Gibraltar on the edge of the Natural Park Alcornocales on the road Ronda - Algeciras and is one of the starting points for visiting the park.


The place dates back to prehistoric settlement, from the evidence, among other Bronze Age rock carvings in the nearby Laja Alta. At the time of the Romans coined Oba, the Roman Jimena own coins. The Moorish Ximena was part of a system of fortifications between the Moors and Christians, which ranged from Algeciras to Torre Alháquime.

Sights and culture

The Castillo de Jimena de la Frontera can be visited and offers a beautiful view of the resort.

Another attraction in the town are the ruins of a munitions factory, the Real Fábrica de Artillería de Carlos III. The factory was in 1777 by Charles III. built to cannonballs - especially for use in America - to produce. The water supply from the Rio Hozgarganta which dries up in the summer, however, proved to be so unreliable that the operation was reinstated in 1786. In addition to the factory 's extensive channels are to be mentioned on the river bank, where the water was passed to the factory.

The cultural highlight is the every year in July held international music festival.