This city of the province of Cadiz has great tourist attractions among which there are golf courses, sports facilities, a marina and a large number of hotels to choose from. It is the municipality of Cadiz which is situated closest to the province of Malaga and where is outstanding the residential area of Sotogrande as a destination of many tourists each year.
This town was formed after the war of secession in Spain, after the loss of Gibraltar, many of the inhabitants were expelled and these believing that they would return remained in the vicinity of the Rock on ancient Arab settlements, which led to the formation of San Roque and the refounding of Algeciras.
This town was already populated by Iberians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans before the Arabs, being one of the first places they managed to conquer.
The old town of San Roque is a good place where you can stroll around and discover monuments, it has been declared a historic-artistic compound, and there are monuments and places like:
- Church La Coronada built during the eighteenth century.
- Plaza de Armas situated next to the church.
- Plaza de Toros built in the mid nineteenth century; it hosts a museum and is the oldest bullring in Cadiz.
- Alameda de Alfonso XI
This square was built in the nineteenth century and features a playground. It is one of the central places in the life of the people of San Roque.
- Viewpoint Poeta Domingo de Mena
Close to the church La Coronada and Plaza de Armas is situated this viewpoint from where you can see the Bay of Algeciras and North Africa. In this viewpoint there are still two of the cannons used during the siege of Gibraltar.
- Archaeological Site
Carteia Remains of an ancient Carthaginian and Roman colony with remains dating back to the seventh century BC.
- Park Pinar del Rey
With area dedicated to barbecues and picnic, this park dates from the early eighteenth century.
San Roque also has 15 kilometres of beaches that are located in the Bay of Algeciras and the corresponding area of the Mediterranean Sea.
The golf courses of San Roque are professional and are recognized among the best in Europe.
San Roque has several typical annual celebrations of the municipality:
- Foundation Anniversary
This festival is celebrated on May 21 to establish the first town hall built in 1706 after the loss of Gibraltar.
- Royal Fair
Held every year since 1852 during the second week of August.
- Neighbourhood fairs
At the beginning of summer every neighbourhood of San Roque celebrates its own fair.
San Roque can be considered a hub of road communication in the Gibraltar Region and is a municipality along which passes everybody who is planning to visit Cadiz or the National Park of Alcornocales from Malaga.
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