Will your new chapter be unfolding in San Roque?
Though generally thought of as a coastal paradise, the Costa del Sol region is also home to a number of exceptional inland villages and towns. San Roque is one of the latter, and it’s a popular choice for anyone seeking a new life in a typical Andalusian community. Think whitewashed houses, quaint tapas bars, cobbled streets and a laid-back atmosphere.
The town is just a 20-minute drive from Gibraltar’s international airport and is within easy reach of day trips to North Africa. The charming resort of Sotogrande is close by, and of course world-famous locations such as Estepona, Puerto Banus and Marbella are all within an hour.
If you prefer days out that are quieter, head to the beautiful Parque Natural Los Alcornocales for long walks in the sunshine followed by relaxing picnics on the grass. As soon as you head out of the towns and villages, you soon realise that much of Spain is packed with unspoilt natural beauty.
There are some exceptional golf courses in and around the town, including the spectacular San Roque Golf Club, which has hosted the Spanish Open, and the rightly famous Valderrama, venue for the 1997 Ryder Cup. Needless to say, the fabulous Costa del Sol climate makes this region something of a magnet for golfers from all over the world.
Head to the old town and start loving life again
For a more authentic night out in San Roque, head to the town square late in the evening for tapas and cold beer, and maybe a glass or two of Andalusian red wine. The old town has a wonderfully laid-back vibe, making it perfect for wandering around the stores and landmarks. Be sure to head to the Viewpoint Poeta Domingo de Mena for a wonderful view of the Bay of Algeciras.
The locals here, much like everywhere else in the Costa del Sol region, love it when fiesta time comes around. You’ll find several ferias and festivals on the calendar in San Roque, with the highlight perhaps being the Royal Fair, which is held in August. The celebration of Virgen del Carmen in July is also an enjoyable occasion for the whole community.
While many people move to Spain for their retirement years, there are plenty who come with the intention of still working. A number of locally based ex-pats head into Gibraltar to work, so it’s reassuring to know the commute is a relatively easy one. The nearby town of Sotogrande is a good place to find work in the leisure industry as well.
To find out more about starting a brand new chapter in superb San Roque, have a chat with the experts from Simply Costa Developments. We can talk through every aspect of life here, including potential tax advantages for residents and local healthcare facilities. Just call +34 682 66 22 89 and let’s get you started on the path to an adventure that you’ll never forget.