Introduction

Tucked away in crinkled hills on the eastern edge of the Parque Natural Los Alcornocales, Jimena sits in prime cork-oak country. Its blanched whiteness and crumbled Nasrid-era castle look out towards Gibraltar and Africa, both magnificently visible. Property-seeking Brits have discovered the town, but, so far, it's retained its Andalucian feel and makes a great base for exploring the park (though it could use a bit more loving care from the municipal maintenance department). The trails here are lovely, including treks along the Tarifa–Andorra GR7 (part of the 10,000km cross-continental E4) path, and forays out to Bronze Age cave paintings at Laja Alta.