A View of Jimena de la Frontera from a Hill
Many of the pueblos blancos retain their Roman and Moorish fortifications, ruined castles from a time when defence was everything. It’s a steep climb to the top of Jimena and up through craggy rocks to the summit, but the views from the 13th century remains are wonderful. The massive rock of Gibraltar lies to the south… The town is surrounded by Los Alcornocales Natural Park, vast groves of cork oak trees that still produce much of the world’s cork supplies. They have smooth rusty red trunks to the bottom where the cork has been stripped off until at around head height there’s an abrupt cut off point. Up from there the remaining cork bark is thick and gnarly and it seems incredible they can survive such a brutal ‘haircut’.