Our travel guide to San José del Valle

San José del Valle is the point of intersection between the Route of the White Villages and the Route of the Bull, very close to Los Alcornocales Natural Park. It retains an interesting balance between its historical heritage and its natural environment. Cuisine and active tourism are the main activities during your visit. Thanks to this Travel Guide to San José del Valle you can find all the activities and the best travel tips for your trip.

Its origins date back to the Muslim era, at the site called Hisn Tanbul. This housed a defensive fortress erected on an ancient Roman place. On the outskirts you will find the Gigonza Castle (13th and 14th centuries), one of the most relevant and best preserved monuments in the area.

Very close to this, the ruins of the Baths of Gigonza stand out. These sulphurous water baths enjoyed great fame in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Guadalcacín II reservoir is perfect for you to take a dip in its artificial beach or practise canoeing, rowing, surfing or sailing. On the other hand, Los Hurones reservoir is surrounded by beautiful mountainous landscapes and lush vegetation, ideal for spending a day in contact with nature or fishing.

There are also marked routes for hiking or mountain bike tours. Don’t forget to make a stop at any of its ventas (typical roadside restaurants) to taste their traditional game dishes or buy their exquisite country bread.

Main Activities: Nature, Cuisine, Active Tourism.
Source of content: Texts and Photos: TUDESTINO.TRAVEL

Our travel guide to San José del Valle

San José del Valle is the point of intersection between the Route of the White Villages and the Route of the Bull, very close to Los Alcornocales Natural Park. It retains an interesting balance between its historical heritage and its natural environment. Cuisine and active tourism are the main activities during your visit. Thanks to this Travel Guide to San José del Valle you can find all the activities and the best travel tips for your trip.

Its origins date back to the Muslim era, at the site called Hisn Tanbul. This housed a defensive fortress erected on an ancient Roman place. On the outskirts you will find the Gigonza Castle (13th and 14th centuries), one of the most relevant and best preserved monuments in the area.

Very close to this, the ruins of the Baths of Gigonza stand out. These sulphurous water baths enjoyed great fame in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

In addition, San José del Valle has an enviable environmental heritage. Nearby you can enjoy beautiful landscapes such as the spring of Tempul or the Sierra de Cabras, as well as interesting animal species such as roe deer, deer, foxes, imperial eagles, royal owls or kites.

The Guadalcacín II reservoir is perfect for you to take a dip in its artificial beach or practise canoeing, rowing, surfing or sailing. On the other hand, Los Hurones reservoir is surrounded by beautiful mountainous landscapes and lush vegetation, ideal for spending a day in contact with nature or fishing.

There are also marked routes for hiking or mountain bike tours. Don’t forget to make a stop at any of its ventas (typical roadside restaurants) to taste their traditional game dishes or buy their exquisite country bread.

Main Activities: Nature, Cuisine, Active Tourism.
Source of content: Texts and Photos: TUDESTINO.TRAVEL

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Los Alcornocales

Los Alcornocales

With 170,000 hectares, Los Alcornocales Natural Park is crowned as the best preserved nature treasure in the province of Cádiz. Its enormous extension covers 16 municipalities of Cadiz; such as...
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Los Alcornocales


- Los Alcornocales, España
With 170,000 hectares, Los Alcornocales Natural Park is crowned as the best preserved nature treasure in the province of Cádiz. Its enormous extension covers 16 municipalities of Cadiz; such as Arcos de la Frontera, Tarifa, Medina Sidonia, Ubrique, Los Barrios, Jimena de la Frontera and Jerez de la Frontera. Its name refers to the park’s...
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Route of the Bull (Ruta del Toro)

Route of the Bull (Ruta del Toro)

The Route of the Bull (Ruta del Toro) is a tourist itinerary in the province of Cadiz that runs through those cattle areas where brave bulls and the native retinto breed are raised. These are highly...
The Route of the Bull (Ruta del Toro) is a tourist itinerary in the province of Cadiz that runs through those...
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Route of the Bull (Ruta del Toro)


- Jerez de la Frontera, España
The Route of the Bull (Ruta del Toro) is a tourist itinerary in the province of Cadiz that runs through those cattle areas where brave bulls and the native retinto breed are raised. These are highly regarded, gastronomically speaking. Of enormous natural and cultural value, this animal is observed in its natural habitat, the pasture....
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Charco de los Hurones

Charco de los Hurones

Charco de los Hurones is a village developed around the Hurones Reservoir. This was built during the construction of the reservoir to accommodate the workers. It is located in San José del Valle....
Charco de los Hurones is a village developed around the Hurones Reservoir. This was built during the...
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Charco de los Hurones


- Charco de los Hurones, España
Charco de los Hurones is a village developed around the Hurones Reservoir. This was built during the construction of the reservoir to accommodate the workers. It is located in San José del Valle. Besides the scenic charm, it looks a little like the traditional “Christmas cribs”. It is located in Los Alcornocales Natural Park, which...
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Guadalcacin Reservoir

Guadalcacin Reservoir

The Guadalcacín Reservoir (Embalse de Guadalcacín) is the largest in the province of Cadiz, with a capacity of around 800 million cubic meters. It is located in a spectacular natural environment....
The Guadalcacín Reservoir (Embalse de Guadalcacín) is the largest in the province of Cadiz, with a...
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Guadalcacin Reservoir


- Embalse de Guadalcacín, España
The Guadalcacín Reservoir (Embalse de Guadalcacín) is the largest in the province of Cadiz, with a capacity of around 800 million cubic meters. It is located in a spectacular natural environment. It covers areas of the townships of San José del Valle, Arcos de la Frontera, Paterna de Rivera and Algar. The Majaceite River is the...
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Iglesia Vieja

Iglesia Vieja

The Iglesia Vieja (“Old Church”) in San José del Valle, from the 17th century, was part of the old Convent of the Carmelites. The building, which has undergone an extensive restoration,...
The Iglesia Vieja (“Old Church”) in San José del Valle, from the 17th century, was part of the...
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Iglesia Vieja


- Iglesia Vieja, San José del Valle, España
The Iglesia Vieja (“Old Church”) in San José del Valle, from the 17th century, was part of the old Convent of the Carmelites. The building, which has undergone an extensive restoration, has become a Cultural...
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Travesía de la Sierra de Las Cabras

Travesía de la Sierra de Las Cabras

The route of the Travesía de la Sierra de las Cabras runs through the crests of the Sierra de las Cabras, in San José del Valle (Andalusia). The trail begins with an ascent that ends at the Puerto...
The route of the Travesía de la Sierra de las Cabras runs through the crests of the Sierra de las Cabras, in...
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Travesía de la Sierra de Las Cabras


- San José del Valle, España
The route of the Travesía de la Sierra de las Cabras runs through the crests of the Sierra de las Cabras, in San José del Valle (Andalusia). The trail begins with an ascent that ends at the Puerto de Las Palomas. There is a path that runs parallel to the crest of the Sierra de...
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Castle and Thermal Baths of Gigonza

Castle and Thermal Baths of Gigonza

The Castle and Baths of Gigonza (“Castillo y Baños de Gigonza”), in San José del Valle, is a fortress of Muslim origin built on Roman ruins. Next to it, you can find the remains of the...
The Castle and Baths of Gigonza (“Castillo y Baños de Gigonza”), in San José del Valle, is a...
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Castle and Thermal Baths of Gigonza


- Castillo de Gigonza, San José del Valle, España
The Castle and Baths of Gigonza (“Castillo y Baños de Gigonza”), in San José del Valle, is a fortress of Muslim origin built on Roman ruins. Next to it, you can find the remains of the old thermal baths of sulphurous waters. These enjoyed great popularity during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is...
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Remains of Tempul Fortress and Spring (Tempul Spring)

Remains of Tempul Fortress and Spring (Tempul Spri...

The Tempul Fortress (Fortaleza de Tempul), in Algar (Province of Cadiz, Andalusia), is an ancient defensive structure from which the ruins are preserved. It was built on a military building of Roman...
The Tempul Fortress (Fortaleza de Tempul), in Algar (Province of Cadiz, Andalusia), is an ancient defensive...
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Remains of Tempul Fortress and Spring (Tempul Spri...


- Algar and San José del Valle, Province of Cádiz, Spain
The Tempul Fortress (Fortaleza de Tempul), in Algar (Province of Cadiz, Andalusia), is an ancient defensive structure from which the ruins are preserved. It was built on a military building of Roman origin with a defensive character. The Spring (Nacimiento del Agua), in San José del Valle, supplied water to important towns such as Cadiz...
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Castillo Medieval de Gigonza

Castillo Medieval de Gigonza

This path leads to the Castillo Medieval de Gigonza (“Medieval Castle of Gigonza”), the best preserved medieval fortress in San José del Valle. You will travel through the Cañada Real...
This path leads to the Castillo Medieval de Gigonza (“Medieval Castle of Gigonza”), the best...
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Castillo Medieval de Gigonza


- Cuesta San Antonio, San José del Valle, España
This path leads to the Castillo Medieval de Gigonza (“Medieval Castle of Gigonza”), the best preserved medieval fortress in San José del Valle. You will travel through the Cañada Real de Salinillas cattle route and a historic way back. During the tour you can see pastures of oaks and cork oaks, eucalyptus and different aromatic...
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Garganta de Bogas

Garganta de Bogas

The Garganta de Bogas route is located in Llanos del Valle, between the Sierra de la Sal and the Sierra de las Cabras. This is one of the most important reliefs that are recognised in the Cadiz...
The Garganta de Bogas route is located in Llanos del Valle, between the Sierra de la Sal and the Sierra de...
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Garganta de Bogas


- San José del Valle, España
The Garganta de Bogas route is located in Llanos del Valle, between the Sierra de la Sal and the Sierra de las Cabras. This is one of the most important reliefs that are recognised in the Cadiz countryside. These sierras draw a very pronounced arch to the south of the Guadalcacín reservoir. The Garganta de...
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