Apart from visiting all the local tourist attractions in the borough of San Roque, there are some other sights we would highly recommend you visit during your stay and which are within an hour’s drive from our area.
This British Overseas Territory is just over 6 km2 and is one of the most densely populated place in the world (32,000 inhabitants). The Rock of Gibraltar is a geographic symbol in the area, visible practically from any point and also featuring a nature reserve with magnificent panoramic views of the Strait, Europe and Africa. The Upper Rock is world-famous for the Barbary apes, Saint Michael’s Cave, the Great Siege Tunnels and also the Second World War tunnels.
Nevertheless, Gibraltar offers many other attractions, Gorham’s Cave (UNESCO World Heritage), the Skywalk, a state-of-the-art glass walkway over a breathtaking precipice, the 18th century city walls, the Moorish Castle or Gibraltar Museum. Without a doubt, another attraction are shopping facilities in the central Main Street.
La Línea de la Concepción
The neighbouring town of La Linea is only 6 kilometres from San Roque and has 65,000 inhabitants. It became independent from San Roque in 1870 and this is why it is a modern city. Worth mentioning are the Spanish Lines (1735), a defensive lines of forts and bastions built facing Gibraltar and the WWII bunkers, particularly in Princesa Sofía Park. Other places of interest are the Isthmus and Cruz Herrera Museums. As far as shopping is concerned, “Calle Real” (the High Street) and the Indoor Market are typical place of everyday life in La Linea.
Castellar de la Frontera
Castellar de la Frontera is another emblematic location in the area, the borough has a population of 3,000 inhabitants. The Medieval fortress and walled village of Old Castellar is one of the most typical and picturesque little towns in the province. It is entirely pedestrianised and offers spectacular views of the Gibraltar Area and part of Los Alcornocales Natural Park. The actual castle is a parador style hotel and there are also numerous rural lodgings. Near New Castellar is the old, historical Almoraima Convent, which is also a charming hotel.
Jimena de la Frontera
Also on the road to Ronda is Jimena de la Frontera, another little whitewashed town with a population of 9,700 inhabitants. The town is dominated by its Moorish castle. Steep, narrow streets wind around typically whitewashed little Andalusian houses. Jimena castle also offers impressive views of the surroundings, above all of the River Hozgarganta (Los Alcornocales Natural Park) and the Ronda Mountain Range.
The neighbouring town of Los Barrios and its vast municipality (with almost 24,000 inhabitants) features stunning landscapes within Los Alcornocales Natural Park and the Montera del Torero natural monument. Points of interest in the town are San Isidro Church, the old Public Grainery (Natural History Museum) or Urrutia House. The traditional fishing village of Palmones, located at the River Palmones estuary, is one of the main gastronomic points in the area. There is a trade park in the Guadacorte-Palmones area with numerous superstores and a multiplex cinema.
The largest city in the county with 123,000 inhabitants and one of the most important ports in Europe with ferries to Ceuta and Tangier (Morocco). The birthplace of Paco de Lucía, the best flamenco guitarist in history. The most relevant places of interest are La Palma Church, Plaza Alta Square and the Marinid Medieval Walls. There are many interesting nature trails in the borough within Los Alcornocales and the Strait Natural Parks. There is also an indoor market, three shopping centres, one with a multiplex cinema.
European windsurf and kitesurfing capital and featuring over twenty kilometres of fine white sand beaches. The municipality has 18,000 inhabitants. It is the southernmost point in Europe, only 14 kilometres away from Africa. A causeway links the Isle of Tarifa to the Peninsula, on one side is the Mediterranean and on the other, the Atlantic. The historic centre of Tarifa is a walled town. Guzmán el Bueno Castle (10th century) stands out. Another place that should not be missed is Baelo Claudia Archaeological Site, an ancient Roman town situated near one of the most impressive sand dunes in Bolonia.
San Martín del Tesorillo
The eighth and most newly created borough in the county with less than 3,000 inhabitants. Famous for its citrus groves and “Tesorillo” oranges and more recently for the cultivation of avocados. Founded as an agricultural colony by the Marquesses of Larios in the late 19th century. The most interesting historical building is the Little Country House, originally of the places of residence of the wealthy aristocratic family.
This neighbouring town in the province of Malaga has a long standing tradition for vineyards and well-known for its Designation of Origin Sierras de Málaga wines. The municipality has a population of 16,000 inhabitants. You can visit the Manilva Wines Visitors Centre. Another place of interest is Duquesa Castle, an 18th century fort which houses the Archaeological and Fencing Museum.
Casares is another town in Malaga close-by with 6,000 inhabitants. It is a small picturesque whitewashed town with countless steep narrow streets where Blas Infante, the writer and founding father of Andalusia was born. The town is surrounded by Sierra Crestillina mountain.
This city on the Costa del Sol has 70,000 inhabitants and a lot to offer. The promenade with its beaches and the old part of the town decorated with flower pots with geraniums in every single street. In addition, there are plenty of bars and restaurants, as well as urban art in different locations in the city centre. Another place of interest is the Orchidarium, the largest in Spain. The municipality features the highest point in the surroundings, Sierra Bermeja, which is 1452 metres above sea level.
The city of Marbella is the tourism capital of the Costa del Sol (Malaga) and has 141,000 inhabitants. Famous for its exclusiveness and one of the most popular destinations for celebrities, millionaires, aristocrats and royalty from all over the world. Worth mentioning is the Old Town, particularly the Plaza de los Naranjos Square. Another place of interest is Puerto Banús, a base for superyachts and home to some of the most exclusive clothing brands in the world.
The autonomous city of Ceuta is located south of Gibraltar on the African side of the Strait. It has a surface area of 18 km2 and 84,000 inhabitants. From 1415 until 1640 Ceuta was Portuguese and from that date onwards it became a Spanish territory. Curiously enough, due to its Portuguese heritage, the coat of arms of Ceuta features the royal badge of Portugal. One of the main places of interest is the Hacho Mountain which you can drive around in a car, as well as offering magnificent views of the Moroccan coastline. Another interesting place are the Royal Walls (17th and 18th century) and navigable moat, the only navigable sea moat in the world.
This Moroccan port city has over one million inhabitants and is located on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar. It is the third largest city in Morocco. The main places of interest are the souk, the medina and the Caves of Hercules, near Cape Spartel. Tangier is the most cosmopolitan Moroccan city, due to the fact that throughout history, it was controlled by different countries, Portugal, Spain, the UK and Morocco, as well as being an International Zone between 1924 and 1956.