The town of Jimena lies 20km north of Castellar via the A369. Jimena de la Frontera is a hill town that is larger and more open than Castellar with an impressive Moorish castle sporting its entrance with a triple gateway.
You can get by at Jimena easily with the necessary amenities offered. There exists several bars and a lovely albeit old fonda that is without sign. You can view old castles like the Casa Maria or stay in expensive hotels to chill out. There are wonderful restaurants for your feasting delight and rooftop pools that give you a picturesque view of the natural landscape surroundings.
You can also choose to stay at hostels with one located right at Los Arcos train station for your traveling convenience although it is a bit out from Jimena.
Things to do
Staying at Jimena offers you many interesting activities to take on for a great adventure holiday. Further 23km along its A369 highway, you can enjoy a 16km climb across cork oak woods and olive groves before coming out to Gaucin which is a mountain village offering spectacular views of the Gibraltar as well as the Moroccan coast when the day is very clear.
You can do a day trip to Gaucín and visit its charming Nacional fonda which is now closed after 125 years of business. It still serves delicious meals with lots of history exuding from it.
It is possible to reach Gaucin by bus or walk up 13km from the train station previously known as El Colmenar. It is located just at the edge of the nature reserve of Cortés. You can rest along your hike at the several bars, hostal and restaurants available with taxi rides arranged at the hostal to take your back to town.
You can get to other parts of Spain from Jimena or Gaucín by train like making a trip to Ronda while passing by quaint tiny villages to visit some of its more prehistoric sites.
Jimena is delightfully located for many hiking adventures for the tourists who would like to see more of the countryside on foot at their own leisure.