The casita is on the edge of the village of Estacion de Jimena (also known as Los Angeles) and the centre is less than 5 minutes’ walk away. Estacion de Jimena is the railway town for Jimena de la Frontera which is on the hill above. Estacion has good local facilities – bakery, butcher, mini-supermarkets, bank, petrol station, chemist, local bars and restaurants. It also has the station on the Algeciras-Ronda line for trips to Algericas and connections there, or outings to Ronda and the villages between.
Jimena de la Frontera is an Andalusian white village (pueblo blanco) situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is one of the gateways to the Parque Natural de Los Alcornocales, a densely wooded forest with the largest number of cork oak trees in the world. The forest has an abundance of flora and fauna and makes for wonderful walking and exploring. In autumn it is renowned for its wild mushrooms which can be tried in the local restuarants.
On the top of the hill above Jimena there are the remains of a Moorish castle, itself built over a Roman hill fort, that continues to be explored archaeologically and was covered in a BBC documentary in 2016.
The river Hozgarganta runs through the valley below the hill. The river is clean and unspoilt and paths run alongside for some miles making for perfect walking. It also becomes a wonderful place to swim and cool off in late spring/early summer.
Jimena has good facilities – supermarkets, banks, Post Office, general shops, public swimming pool, bars, restaurants, hotels, health centre, market, square for public events, etc.