San Jose del Valle
San Jose del Valle | Source: Texts: Patronato Provincial de Turismo. Photo: Destino Cádiz.
Its origins date back to Muslim times, to a site called Hisn Tanbul, where a defensive fortress was built on an ancient Roman enclave. In the outskirts is Gigonza Castle ( 13th-15th century) one of the most significant and best preserved monuments in the area. Close by are the ruins of the Baths of Gigonza, sulfur baths which were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th century.
San José del Valle has an enviable environmental heritage. A stone’s throw of enjoying beautiful landscapes such as the source of the waters of Tempul or the Sierra de Cabras and animal species as interesting as roe deer, genets, foxes, golden eagles, owls and kites. Nearby is the Guadalcacín II reservoir you can swim at the artificial beach or go canoeing, rowing, windsurfing, sailing, and the Hurrones reservoir, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, lush greenery, ideal to spend a day in contact with nature or go out fishing. There are a lot of marked trails to go hiking or mountain biking.
Do not forget to stop by at any of their Ventas (typical bar restaurants) to taste their traditional hunting dishes or buy their rich country bread.