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Chapter 7: Bikepacking the Altravesur - Jimena to Ubrique

10th April 2019

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It was bright and sunny first thing in Jimena, with rain later, so I thought I’d do some sightseeing early in the day. The owners of Case de Luna liked my vidoe and wanted to link it to their website. As I was going to visit the castle and make a video of the trip, I thought I’d include a tour of Casa de Luna, that would be more useful to prospective holiday makers. Something to keep me busy as I was getting itchy feet by now!

As I was due to leave Jimena on the Wednesday, with new tenants arriving Thursday, that Sharon had been so kind in negotiating a good deal for me, I really wanted to leave the house spotless for her. So, during my stay I had been tidying, sweeping, mopping etc. as I went along. To leave it tidy meant weaving tidying with living and living with a whole load of junk at that! To make a house-tour video I needed to tidy the house, so that was my first job, then a quick GoPro tour of the accommodation.

The castle is around two street levels higher than Casa de Luna, so only a short walk. Unfortunately, the tourist information office is only open Wednesday to Sunday, so I couldn’t gather any information on what I was going to see, I’d have to use my imagination!

There are some fabulous views of Jimena from the Castle, looking down onto the roof tops.

The site of the castle is atop the hill of Jimena, built into the Limestone rocks. It can be quite windy up there.

There are 360-degree views of the Los Alcornocales Natural Park from the castle, I guess that was important for a fortress! Looking south you can see the Rock of Gibraltar, I’m sure on a clear day the Moroccan mountains will be visible. To the north, off into the distance are craggy, rugged mountains, to the East lush farmland and the Hozgarganta river meandering through.