La Línea de la Concepción

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Introduction

La Línea de la Concepción, more often referred to as La Línea or LA, is a town in southern Spain, which lies north of the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. It is often referred to as 'The Gateway to Gibraltar' and as you approach it for the first time, you will soon know why. La Linea and Gibraltar have economic and social connections.

Many of the over 60,000 residents of La Línea work in Gibraltar, commuting between the two each day. Some Gibraltarians have jobs in Spain and others go to La Linea for shopping or a night out. Not forgetting the Wednesday market, the summer Ferria or the large beaches. There is a great deal of interaction between the two towns.

Many find it easier to walk across the border due to long vehicle queues throughout the day. Many expats working in Gibraltar, choose to live in La Linea as it is conveniently located and much cheaper for short term rentals than its neighbour.

Gibraltar relies on La Línea for the supply of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish as well as many other products. There is also a Spanish military presence in La Línea and some interesting fortifications to see. La Línea has a pretty marina and port area and two beaches one along each peninsular seafront. The beaches are called Playa de Santa Barbara and Playa de Levante.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Santa Margarita & Venta Melchor - Technically, Santa Margarita is inside La Linea town boundaries, however, it is located just a bit north of la Linea and locals don't consider it to be the same place. Santa Margarita is a residential complex with houses in the "Andalusian Village" style and detached villas surrounding the complex. At present, Santa Margarita is the largest residential development in La Linea de la Concepcion. It is nestled between the hills and the sea and has magnificent views of the Strait of Gibraltar and Northern Africa. With few shops and restaurants around, many residents head to the most popular bar (Bubba). Which is a very popular meeting place.
  • Gibraltar - Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern tip of Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot. It is a densely populated city area, home to over 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities. Today Gibraltar's economy is based largely on tourism, online gambling, financial services, and shipping. Gibraltar also governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defence and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the British government. Gibraltar is also well know for its Barbary macaque monkeys, with 25 to 70 individuals from several different monkey families which are seen frequently both at the top of the rock or roaming the streets casually.
  • Campamento
  • San Roque
  • Alcaidesa

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Sights and Activities

La Línea boasts a busy nightlife. Pubs are located in Calle Lopez de Ayala y Herrera Cruz in the Plaza and close at 4:30. In summer, the Levante beach tents are for the enjoyment of citizens.

La Línea also houses a large array of shops, including supermarkets, outdoor markets, clothing stores and many more.

There are also many landmarks to visit, including a bull ring, parks and many statues/monuments.

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Events and Festivals

La Línea also boasts a large array of festivals and events:

  • Feria de Julio - "The Salvaora" Fiesta declared of National Tourist Interest in Andalusia, is celebrated in mid-July.
  • Rocieros Sunday - the first Sunday of Fair.
  • Easter
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, patron saint of the city)
  • Noche de San Juan
  • Carnaval de la Concha Fina - held in February / March each year.

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Weather

La Línea de la Concepción receives nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and has a temperate climate, mild in winter and hot in summer.
Winter months can see temperatures reaching 11 °C. But the Summer months stay more steady, reaching about 24 °C on average.

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Getting There

By Plane

Gibraltar Airport is the closest to La Línea with Sevilla and Málaga airports about 1.5 to 2 hours away.

By Train

La Línea is one of the few cities in Spain with a population above 50,000 not to be served by a railway line. San Roque bears the nearest train station to La Línea. You can reach the station using a taxi, or bus & taxi at a cheaper cost.

By Car

When travelling by car to La Linea, you would need to take the CA-34 off the A-7 coast road at San Roque. This also leads to Gibraltar, where you can cross the runway by car or foot to enter. The queue may be anything from an half to two hours. There is no toll of any sort to enter Gibraltar but you need your passport (or european country's ID) to go through the customs in La Línea before those of Gibraltar.

Car hire is the best way to get around southern Spain as public transport is limited.

By Bus

The bus station at La Linea is about 300 metres to the border with Gibraltar. From this station you can travel along the coast to Estepona, Marbella, Malaga and beyond or take a bus westwards to Algeciras or further even to Cadiz or Jerez or Seville.

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Eat

  • La Chimenea - An authentic tapas bar with an extensive menu. The bar itself is very small and you will often find queues of people waiting to go inside, due to the popularity of the place. Seats are placed very close together to help cater for many people. A very Spanish feel with a great atmosphere.
  • Hacienda Patagonia - Argentinian style restaurant with great tapas and meat dishes. High quality of meat
  • La Serrana - named after Spains most popular tapas meat, Serrana is another authentic tapas restaurant in the middle of the old town of La Linea. The selection of tapas, meat and fresh fisch is very varied an they have daily specials too. They have an open air backyard and menus available in English too.

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Drink

  • Molly Blooms - An Irish bar in the center of the town, two stories and it is open until very late at night. Live bands often perform here as well as live football being streamed on to a big screen. There is an outside area at the front. It can get very busy and tends to be the place to end your night due to closing times.
  • Vogg - An open ceiling bar off the street with a relaxed atmosphere which plays a mixture of music from the 80's, 90's and latest music of today. This bar is also available for private functions.
  • AQA - A bar and restaurant located near the Gibraltar boarder, looking out over a marina. This bar is also very relaxed, with an outdoor area and some quite songs played. You can also book for private functions here.

Many other bars are found in Calle Lopez de Ayala y Herrera Cruz in the Plaza and close at 4:30.

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Sleep

Many holiday makers visiting Gibraltar, choose to stay in La Linea hotels/hostels, due to the price difference of some of the available accommodation options in Gibraltar.

A very popular hotel is the 'Ohtels Campo De Gibraltar' as it is conveniently located near the boarder and offers cheap board. Both domestic and international holiday makers favour this hotel.

There is also a large number of hostels available in La Linea, with highly competitive prices available.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

There is a large post office (correos) which is located in the Plaza de la constitución. Its opening hours are 8:30am - 8:30pm Monday to Friday. It is also open on Saturdays from 9:30am - 1:00pm. It is closed on Sundays and Spanish bank holidays.

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