La Linea lies on the isthmus that joins Gibraltar to mainland Spain. Many people who work in Gibraltar have their homes in La Linea and walk across the border to work each day.
La Línea is situated on the shore of the Bay of Algeciras on a sandy plain that runs from the Sierra Carbonera to Gibraltar. It has the reputation of being one of the sunniest towns in Spain with almost 3,000 hours of sunshine while, thanks to the 74% humidity and constant cool breezes, it does not to suffer from extreme heat.
In recent years, the town has been developed and reformed, and is starting to take its place as one of the region's most popular tourist centres.
The name La Línea comes from the line of fortifications built by Philip V when Gibraltar was ceded to the English. The ruins of the Santa Barbara fortress, one of the last of Philip V's fortifications, were destroyed by the British during the Peninsular War (1804-14) to prevent them falling into the hands of the French. On the Playa de Levante (eastern beach) there is a watchtower, which dates back to 1630.
The popular La Atunara area, close to the fishing quarter, small harbour and church is where the town originally developed. Much of it is preserved and today it is known for the many bars and restaurants near the beach, specialising in fresh fish dishes.
The Wednesday outdoor market is found along the Avenida Principe. Here you will find soft furnishings, rustic furniture, clothing and many other items are on sale at very reasonable prices. La Linea has a compact shopping area, situated between the Calle Real and the Plaza Cruz Herrara. In this Plaza that you will find the Museo del Istmo, located in the old military headquarters
The La Linea bullring attracts large crowds, and there is a municipal theatre where many international companies have performed. There is a museum of bullfighting too, several large churches and the Princess Sofia park with a playground for the children.
Alcaidesa is a development within the municipality of La Línea. I n Alacaidesa you will find a mixture of permanent residents and holidaymakers. The area of Alcaidesa covers approximately four square kilometres and stretches from the motorway down to the beach front. Here you will find superb housing developments with outstanding views towards the Mediterranean. It is also home to a links golf course where players take advantage of the year round mild climate.
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