La Línea de la Concepción, Cádiz, Spain

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La Linea de la Concepcion Beaches on the Spanish Gibraltar Border

La Línea (properly named La Línea de la Concepción) is a coastal town just north of the Gibraltar. Gib is somewhat controversial for the Spanish government, as Gibraltar is a British overseas territory. This border town on the beach is located on the Bay of Gibraltar’s eastern isthmus. Both sides of La Linea are intricately intertwined with one another economically, culturally and socially.  La Linea de la Concepcion beaches are superb, even though this is not your typical tourist destination.

The La Linea beaches connect the Rock of Gibraltar with the Spanish town of La Línea de la Concepción. As you may have guessed, the name of this beach town comes from the boundary line which separates the two nations. Additionally, La Línea de la Concepción comes from Mary’s Immaculate Conception.

Where is La Línea de la Concepción? 36°10′N 5°21′W

La Linea Beaches in Spain

La Línea de la Concepción beaches: Blue Flag Awards

With just under 10 miles of beaches, this little town has a lot for its residents to enjoy. Its also a good stop off if you are looking to visit Gibraltar. Some of the local beaches in La Linea are Playa de Torrenueva, Portichuelos, El Burgo Sobrevela, La Alcaidesa, Playa de Poniente, Playa de Santa Bárbara, and Playa de La Hacienda. Frequently, these beach spots win international recognition as Blue Flag Beaches. This prestigious award is presented by the Coastal European Authorities.

This beach spot in Cádiz provides the majority of the fresh fruit and vegetables to Gibraltar. Since the 18th century, the Linenses have gone to Gib for work. Gibraltar is of the utmost military importance and has been an important port for the Royal Navy. Until 1870, La Linea and her beaches was a part of the larger San Roque municipality.

Occasionally, relations have been tense between the nations over Gibraltar’s sovereignty. In fact, the border was shut by the Spaniards between the years of 1969 and 1982. More than a few friends of mine have commuted to Gib and occasionally, the immigration controls make people’s lives uncomfortable by causing huge delays.

The WHO reported in 2014 that the air quality in this region is abysmal. This is mainly due to the nearby refinery. People speculate that the Spanish government built the refinery here to punish Gibraltar, but the contaminants affect both nations equally.

La Línea de la Concepción

Best La Linea de la Concepcion Beaches

Playa de Levante

At about a mile and a half, and almost 100 feet wide, the East Beach or Playa de Levante in the coastal municipality where these La Linea de la Concepcion beach lie, is a fairly busy place. This beach spot has all of the basics a city beach needs including toilets and showers. In between Playa de La Atunara and Playa de Santa Bárbara you will find the Playa de Levante and its promenade.

Playa de La Atunara

Playa de La Atunara is a super wide beach that can be found between Playa de Levante to the south and Playa de Torrenueva to the north. There is a lot of action in this area of the beach. Its a decent size as well, stretching for nearly a mile with a promenade full of seafood restaurants. All basic services and amenities can be easily found here.

Playa de La Hacienda

Playa de La Hacienda  has a length of slightly under 3 miles and is fairly wide, about 100 yards. This is a busy beach north of the city and bordered by Playa de La Alcaidesa and Playa de Torrenueva.

I need to thank an amazing friend I know from Malta, Deniz, for sharing these pictures. Deniz is an international man of mystery and all-around good guy. Cheers bud.

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This project, Beach Spot, has been a lingering thought for nearly 20 years. It started on a crazy offshore Venezuelan island, Isla Margarita, during the first dot com craze. The idea evolved while life continually got in the way. A decade was spent on a Mediterranean island as well as a number of years chasing the sun in the USVI. Back living stateside in San Diego, this project will hopefully be an enjoyable look at a number of beach towns.

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