Jimera de LíbarAyuntamiento, C/ Fontana, 8, Jimera de Líbar, 29392
Stroll through labyrinthine streets and whitewashed houses, two natural parks enjoy unparalleled ecological value or do canoeing on the river Guadiaro, they are just some of the attractions that make you fall in love with Jimera of Líbar. The narrow, winding street circuit has clear Moorish influences that will take you to the time of Al-Andalus. The town is divided into two distinct nuclei: the town, which is perched on the hillside, and the neighbourhood of the station, on the banks of the river Guadiaro, station that was built in the XIX century by a British company.
It also worth mentioning the hospitable nature of the residents of this town in the Serrania de Ronda, which has a long tradition as a destination for active tourism. When preparing your trip to Jimera of Líbar, you will find a large number of villas, hotels and campsites that cater to your needs.
IN JIMERA DE LÍBAR YOU CANNOT MISS
The fields Jimera de Líbar are clear evidence of the history of these lands. At about 4 kilometres from the town, Finca del Tesoro is located, a Phoenician site of the VII or VI A.C centuries. In it they found several pieces of pottery and jewellery belonging to a funeral trousseau.
From the Roman era, there are the remains of the bridge next to Molino La Flor. This former watermill has been recently restored and converted into tourist accommodation, and its natural environment is exceptional.
In urban core, one of the first monuments that you will find is the parish church. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Health, patron saint of the town, and has an image of the Virgen Del Rosario. You'll also find references to the patron saint of the town in the ruins of the chapel that bears its name, the shrine of the Virgin of Health. The temple is situated on the banks of the river Guadiaro and is the place where, according to legend, the image of the patron appeared. Between May and August, the image of the Virgin can be visited in a chapel in the area of the station.
Other places you cannot miss in Jimera of Líbar are the panoramic views of the valley of Guadiaro from the Cross of Ventura, Public Source, 1789 and the old Public Utility Room, situated next to it, and the railway station, built by British company The Algeciras-Gibraltar Railway in 1892.
Jimera de Líbar is nearly 130 kilometres away from the city of Málaga, which is about a two-hour car-ride. We recommend taking the A-7 Mediterranean Motorway to Manilva, then getting off at the exit towards the A-377 heading towards Casares/Gaucín. Then continue on the A-369 and the MA-508 until you reach the town.
Jimera de Líbar is located between two natural parks of great ecological value, the Natural Park of Sierra de Grazalema and the Natural Park of Los Alcornocales. The National Park Sierra Grazalema has over 50,000 hectares and offers unique landscapes of valleys, canyons and caves. In this area, we will find one of the places of pilgrimage of cavers from all over Spain. The Natural Park of Los Alcornocales is national reference because it is the largest cork oak forest in the country, with an area of 170,025 hectares.
Jimera of Líbar front you see one of the emblems, in the Sierra de Líbar town, the peak Gil Martin. This town of Serranía de Ronda is the perfect destination if you like outdoor sports such as trekking, canoeing and speleology.
Recommend you to visit the town especially during Carnival. One of the oldest traditions of Jimera de Líbar is the celebratuon of the Exit of Halloween. Around midnight, the locals of the town disguise themselves with blankets and old sheets and scare the neighbours sleeping with the noise of a particular caceroleada.
During the summer, the most popular Jimera de Líbar festivals are celebrated the fair of the Virgin of Health. This celebration in honor of the Saint takes place during the month of August and you can enjoy parties, music and the procession of the Virgin, among other activities.
Other important dates in the calendar of Jimera de Líbar are the pilgrimage of the Virgin of Health in the neighbourhood of the station in May, Easter, and Tostón of all Saints, a massive roast chestnut eaten later among all neighbours.
The characteristic cuisine of Jimera de Líbar is quite traditional. The most popular recipes include stews, the 'malcocinao' (a dish of vegetables ""very well cooked""), migas (bread crumbs sauté with garlic and accompanied by peppers and sausages, among other ingredients) and tomato soup. For the sweetest palates, we recommend Sighs (sweet meringue), wine donuts and oil cakes. And do not forget to try two drinks: sweet wine (a liqueur of herbs and spices) and sarsaparilla.
The burial ground unearthed in Finca El Tesoro in Jimera de Líbar confirmed the existence of a Phoenician settlement in the area. In addition, archaeologists found pottery and burial jewellery on the site. The Romans were here too, as attested by the road connecting Acinipo and Campo de Gibraltar, which used to run across Jimera de Líbar.
The village itself was founded by the Arabs, who also gave it its name: Inz-Almaraz, "Women"s Castle". The parish church stands on a Muslim graveyard. However, no other traces of Arab fortresses or other constructions from the days of Islamic Spain have been found.
After the Reconquista (1485), the village got the name "Ximera de Líbar". The oldest record is an inscription on the fountain at the entrance to town, from 1789.
Jimera de Líbar’s cuisine is relatively traditional. The most popular dishes include the varieties of stews, “malcocinao,” migas and tomato soups. For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend you try the suspiros, wine doughnuts and the olive oil tortas. Then, to cap off your meal, don’t miss two traditional drinks: the sarsaparilla and mistela liquor.
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