San Roque is located between two continents: Europe and Africa; two seas: the Mediterranean and the Atlantic; and three cultures: the Andalusia, the British and the Arab.
San Roque is located to the south of the Iberian Peninsula, in the Estrecho de Gibraltar and over a hill from where it is discerned the Bahía de Algeciras, Gibraltar, el Estrecho and further on; Africa.
In the tourist resort of Sotogrande you can play sports traditionally considered “élite” like polo or sailing and the most popular, the golf.
San Roque has eight golf courses, in all 162 holes in more than ten millions square metres of tourist ground.
San Roque is a town with a exceptional environment where you can enjoy its beaches or large inner spots.
Due to its strategic location, the town has excellent communications, to only an hour from the International Airport of Málaga and to fifteen minutes from the Airport of Gibraltar by the Motorway of La Costa del Sol and the sea port of Algeciras, with regular ferries and catamarans to Ceuta and Tánger (Morocco).
The average temperature in San Roque is 20 ºC and it has 300 sunny days a year.
Because all these things, San Roque with its past, present and future offers all the visitors can imagine. ¡Its cultural, natural and tourist patrimony supports it in that respect!
Because of all this, a stay in San Roque will be an unforgettable experience and you will come back time and time again, because it is easy to get San Roque, the difficult is go away…
As regards the history of San Roque, we can say that different old cultures settled down in the present municipal district: Iberians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. In this place there was found Carteia, the first Latin colony in Spain, founded in 171 B.C. in the location of a town with an important port.
The town was occupied by the Muslims with their arrival to the Peninsula until a short time before the conquest of the kingdom of Granada, specifically in 1462.
The Noble and Most Loyal town of San Roque, where resides the one of Gibraltar, is founded officially in 1706. However, this typical White town from Andalucía was settled by the Spanish inhabitants from Gibraltar the August 4, 1704.
The founding was a historic landmark without unprecedented: a powerful Anglo-Dutch fleet, commanded by the admiral Rooke seized the Plaza de Gibraltar and hoisted the Anglo-Saxon flag during the War of Spanish Succession.
Five hundred proud Spanish Gibraltarians rejected the British offer to stay in the town, leaving en masse and settled down in this hill, where there was the old Hermitage of San Roque that dated from 1508.
The inhabitants from the Rock brought with their all the possessions they could and their valued relics. We can see some examples about the legacy of the Spanish Gibraltar such as the Pendón de Gibraltar (1502), given by the Spanish Catholic Monarchs where there were granted the titles, authorities and coat of arms to Gibraltar. Besides the Church Santa María la Coronada houses many images from the XVI century to the XVIII century brought from Gibraltar. There also are kept the church archives of Gibraltar from 1556 to 1704 in the temple. The Historic Archive has the municipal archives of Gibraltar Town Hall from 1502 to 1704.
Monuments in San Roque
Alameda Alfonso XI
Cuartel Diego Salinas
Chapel Ntra. Señora de la Visitación
Church of San Roque
Saint Mary the Crowned Parish Church
Plaza de Armas Square
Caida or Quebrada Watchtower
Nueva de Guadiaro Watchtower
San Roque Gastronomy
The gastronomic in San Roque is very varied; you can taste high quality meats, game, fishes and shellfish from the nearby ports.
How to get there
From Cádiz you can get San Roque through the National 340. From Málaga you can also get here through the same road although you can take the Toll Motorway AP 7 that links Estepona with Sotogrande.
By Plane: The airport of Málaga is located to 90 minutes and the one of Gibraltar to 20 minutes.
Distances from San Roque
Marbella 70 km
Málaga 125 km
Gibraltar 12 km
Cádiz 131 km