CORTES DE LA FRONTERA
Mayoral of the townhall - Sr. D. Francisco Márquez Barea
Coordinates in GPS
• Latitude: 36º 37’ 01’’
• Longitude: 5º 20’ 34’’
• Surface: 175,87 km²
• Altitude over sea level: 633
• District: Serranía de Ronda
• Distance to Málaga: 159 km.
• Middle temperature during the year: 16 ºC
• Residents: 3.642
• Nest villages: Cañada del Real Tesoro, Benadalid, Jimera de Libar
Cortes de la Frontera is situated in the Valley of Guadiaro, in one of the last districts of the Serranía de Ronda, at the feet of the Sierra de los Pinos and Sierra Blanquilla, dominated of the channel of río Guadiaro. It is the biggest village in the district of Ronda and second in the province of Málaga. A village who has its mayor part of ground in the Natural Park and protected area.
From all the hills around you have a view on the place, where once, in the year 711, the great battle between Arab-Berbers and the Visigoths took place, giving rise to the Muslims as the winner. Cortes de la Frontera was one of the first occupied villages and created a coexistence that existed more than seven centuries, survived and a legacy of inestimable value. Especially in the lexicon.
Its history starts in the 12th and 11th century BC, with the ocupation of the Phoenicians, who settled in this area, but they were defeated later by the Tartessians. Later the area was occupied by the Greeks, which were in constant rivalry with the living people. But the first real settle¬ments were built in Roman times, when the village was called Córtex (defense). This name has been a long time, even from the Arabs retained until the present days.