On 1 November, Tosantos (a contraction of todos los santos, or "all the saints") is celebrated throughout Andalucia, particularly in the villages of Cadiz and Malaga. It is traditional to visit the cemetery and place flowers or light candles on the graves of departed loved ones.
Jimena de la Frontera is a historic village located in the Campo de Gibraltar region, inside Los Alcornocales National Park. The town has a long and interesting history, encompassing Phoenician, Iberian, Carthaginian and Roman civilisations. Cave paintings found in Laja Alta cave (located just to the north of the town) date back up to 6,000 years.
Jimena de la Frontera is a historic village located about 35 kilometers inland from San Roque on the road and railway to Ronda. Surrounded by the Los Alcornocales Natural Park and at around 200 meters above sea level, Jimena is a surprising contrast to the coastal affluence of the nearby golf and polo belt in the exclusive area of Sotogrande below. Many British people have chosen to settle there.
The bus stop in Jimena is on the circular turn round at the top of Avenida de Deportes near Calle Roma. There is another bus stop in 'Estacion de Jimena' district on the A-405 near Calle Gaucin. There is a bus service four times a day Monday to Friday from Jimena de La Frontera to San Pablo and to Castellar, Estacion San Roque and Algeciras; and another service once a day to La Linea.
Being surrounded by stunning countryside and located next to the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, as well as being a place of great historic and cultural significance, it is no surprise that Jimena de la Frontera welcomes many tourists all year round. A popular destination for expats too, there is an abundance of hotels and villa self-catering holiday accommodation in Jimena.
It's best to start off at the museum, for an introduction to the area and its rich cultural and geological history. Housed in the former British hospital, the museum displays models, documents, rock samples, artefacts and actual machinery, tracing the long history of the Rio Tinto mines.
This is the mine which is open to visitors. It is10 km from Minas de Rio Tinto village - you drive in convoy leaving from the mining museum, following your guide in his vehicle (it's too complicated to explain on a map).
Jimena de la Frontera is a classic example of a traditional Andalusian pueblo blanco (white village), with all of the character that one can expect. The village is situated next to the Alcornocales Natural Park to the west, with open fields and green spaces of countryside to the east.
The Rio Tinto railway was built in 1875 and consited of 300km of narrow gauge track (1067mm) to various points in the mining complex. The 84km line down to and ending at the Muelle de Rio Tinto in Huelva. It had eight bridges, five tunnels and 12 stations, providing transport to miners and the general public.
If you are considering visiting Las Minas de Rio Tinto you may find our maps a useful tool, we provide three maps, one of the region of Andalucia with Las Minas de Rio Tinto highlighted. The second handcrafted map gives the location of Las Minas de Rio Tinto with the corresponding local road network.
The iconic hilltop castle occupying the highest point overlooking Jimena is the village’s main attraction. Start your visit at Plaza de la Constitución, where you can stop to eat and admire the bell tower of Santa María la Coronada church, all that remains of the building (originally built in the 17th century as San Sebastian).
In 1990 the new Atalaya golf course was built next to the village of Minas de Rio Tinto; the original was founded in the 19th century within the Rio Tinto copper mine. The course is 2,300 metres long, with grassed greens but the fairways are bare earth, reminiscent of the original course used by miners and engineers.
Being surrounded by stunning countryside and located next to the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, as well as being a place of great historic and cultural significance, it is no surprise that Jimena de la Frontera welcomes many tourists all year round. A popular destination for expats too, there are various accommodation options available.
The Rio Tinto area of Huelva boasts 3,000 years of mining history, from the Phoenicians then Romans, right up to to the 1990s. Today, as part of the Rio Tinto Mining Park you can visit the museum in the old hospital, the Peña de Hierro mine, and a Victorian-era British house; and take a 22km train ride.
If you are considering visiting Jimena you may find our maps a useful tool. We provide three maps, the first is of the region of Andalucia with Jimena highlighted. The second handcrafted map gives the location of Jimena with the corresponding local road network. Thirdly, in order to help our readers we have also embedded a Google map which is centered on Jimena.
Being surrounded by stunning countryside and located next to the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, as well as being a place of great historic and cultural significance, it is no surprise that Jimena de la Frontera welcomes many tourists all year round. There are plenty of hotels and self-catering rental accommodation in Jimena to choose from.
Casa Number 21 is a three-storey villa built in 1885, that was carefully restored in 2013 to show how a British family would have lived in late-Victorian Andalucia, complete with furniture, toys, jars of food and other domestic accoutrements. Its owner was a middle-ranking engineer, and his children, who lived there, helped advise on its decoration for the period restoration.