Jimena de la Frontera

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Jimena de la Frontera
Municipality
View of the medieval castle of Jimena de la Frontera as seen from one of its streets.
View of the medieval castle of Jimena de la Frontera as seen from one of its streets.
Coat of arms of Jimena de la Frontera
Coat of arms
Location of Jimena de la Frontera
Location of Jimena de la Frontera
Jimena de la Frontera is located in Spain
Jimena de la Frontera
Jimena de la Frontera
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 36°26′N 5°27′W / 36.433°N 5.450°W / 36.433; -5.450Coordinates: 36°26′N 5°27′W / 36.433°N 5.450°W / 36.433; -5.450
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Andalusia
Province Cádiz
Comarca Campo de Gibraltar
Judicial district San Roque
Government
 • Alcalde Guillermo Ruiz (2011) (PP)
Area
 • Total 345.66 km2 (133.46 sq mi)
Elevation 99 m (325 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 10,330
 • Density 30/km2 (77/sq mi)
Demonym Jimenato, ta
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 11330
11339 (Estación de Jimena)
Dialing code (+34) 956
Website jimenadelafrontera.es

Jimena de la Frontera is a historic town and municipality located in the province of Cádiz, Spain. According to estimates made by the National Statistics Institute of Spain (INE), the municipality has a population of 9,893 inhabitants in 2006. It is surrounded by the Los Alcornocales Natural Park.

History[edit]

The town has been inhabited by the Phoenicians, Iberians, Carthaginians, and the Romans. The Moors used the town's position on the hill to their advantage, using it as a strategic military position.

The village of Jimena de la Frontera became a town in 1879, during the reign of Alfonso XII. [1]

Today[edit]

Today, Jimena's population of around 10,000 has been made up of an increasing number of British ex-pats.

The town is served by road and rail. The main road stretches north to Ronda, and south to San Roque. The railway station is situated just outside the town in nearby Estación de Jimena. Several trains a day stop at Jimena on the line between Algeciras and Granada.

Castle[edit]

The castle was built on the hill by the Moors around 750 A.D. as part of making Jimena a strategic military position, today it is known as Castillo de Jimena. Views stretch as far Gibraltar to the south. It is believed that the castle was built on Roman ruins, constructed using locally sourced limestone.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1999 2,006 —    
2000 9,127 +355.0%
2001 9,109 −0.2%
2002 9,182 +0.8%
2003 9,200 +0.2%
2004 9,343 +1.6%
2005 9,355 +0.1%
Source: INE (Spain)

Town Festivals[edit]

  • Town Carnival - February
  • Agricultural Fair - Second week of May
  • Annual Village Fair - Second week of August
  • Devotion to the Reina de los Angeles - First week of September

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimena". andalucia.com. Retrieved Mar 2010. 
  2. ^ Jimena Music Festival

External links[edit]