Málaga Province - Jimera de Líbar

Beautiful rich Autumn colours in the village of Jimera de Libar. © Michelle Chaplow
Beautiful rich Autumn colours in the village of Jimera de Libar.

Jimera de Líbar is an excellent destination for anyone wishing to enjoy the wonders of rural tourism in Andalucia. This town is one of the white villages in the Ronda mountains (Serranía de Ronda). It is nestled in the Guadiaro Valley right across from the Líbar mountain range and – best of all – it is inside the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

Sights to See

Within the actual town of Jimera de Líbar the sights centre around the town hall and religious buildings. With the village divided into two separate parts, you have the town hall and the Our Lady of the Rosary Church in one area. The other part of town is actually two kilometres away. It’s called the “Barriada de la Estación” (The Train Station Neighbourhood) and includes the Hermitage for the town’s patron saint, the “Virgen de la Salud” (Virgen of Health).

Outside of the town limits there are also many things to see – possibly more than you’ll find inside the village itself. There is a an archeological site about 4 kilometres from Jimera de Líbar called Finca El Tesoro (Treasure Estate). This is believed to be a Phoenician necropolis. There are also many paths for trekkers outside the town. You can follow one of these to the Pico Martín Gil (Martin Gil Peak) which is the high point of the Sierra de Líbar at around 1,400 meters above sea level. Another interesting sight to see outside of town is the La Flor Mill (Molino La Flor). This old mill rests on the remains of a Roman bridge in amazing natural surroundings. There are also numerous paths running along the river along the old Roman road that linked the Campo de Gibraltar area with the ancient Roman city of Acinipio.

Shopping

If you’d like to bring something back from Jimera del Líbar look for items woven from natural fibres along with carved wooden products like wooden bowls, spoons and other utensils.

Gastronomy

Like all of Andalucia’s mountain villages, you can expect hearty, good cooking in this village. Try the vinegar soup, esparrogus egg tortillas, fried bread crumbs (migas) or desserts like the rosemary honey pastry, snowy eggs (huevos nevaos), muffins or “roscos de vino”. Villagers also produce traditional beverages called “mistela” and “zarzaparilla”. At the end of the station platform look our for the restored good shed which is now the Quercus Restaurant, sitting on the terrace you are next to the railway lines.

Fiestas

When it comes to festivals, the most outstanding celebrations in Jimera del Líbar take place in August with the annual fair, the patron saint day and a fiesta called the “Chorizada”, which takes place the second Sunday of August. In May there is a pilgrimage (romería) for the Virgen de la Salud (Virgin of Health). At Christmas locals celebrate the “Candelaria”. On the first of November there is a “Tostón” (toast) in honour of All Saint’s Day. And in February there is an enthusiastic “Paseo de las Brujas” (Witches’ Parade) as part of the local carnival celebrations.

Jimera de Líbar is 134 kilometres from Málaga city and just 26 kilometres from Ronda, which is also the capital of its “comarca” (like a county or district). You can reach the town on the train that runs between Algeciras and Bobadilla or by car on the MA-508.

TRAIN

Jimera de Libar is on the Algeciras to Ronda railway.  Three stopping trains a navigate the scenic route up the Genal valley over a series of viaducts and through tunnels. A description of the routes and the interesting history can be read about  'Mr Henderson's railway'.

 

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