The small Spanish town which borders the infamous British colony of Gibraltar at the western side of the Costa Del Sol is called La Linea de la Concepcion, or simply La Linea for short. La Linea is in Cádiz province and is around 70 kilometres west of Marbella.
La Linea means border line or boundary line and the town is the physical border crossing between the Spanish mainland and Gibraltar. When you cross La Linea into Gibraltar – or travel back in the opposite direction – you will actually have to show your passport at the border! When you consider the 1000s of workers who make the journey back and forth every day, it is strange to think they are travelling into a different country to go to the office.
The population of La Linea is around 60,000 and most of those who are of working age commute to the businesses in Gibraltar each day. The Rock has a thriving economy and the potential to secure professional work there is much higher than if you were to stay in La Linea itself. There are also a percentage of Gibraltans who travel in the opposite direction and so there is a great deal of coming and going and trade between the two areas.
The lower cost of living on the Spanish side of the border has made the area popular for people looking to buy property. Many Gibraltans and Spaniards have bought property in this area even though they work on the Rock itself. Owning property in La Linea means they can get much more for their money than if they lived in Gibraltar itself.
Although many people tend to overlook La Linea in favour of Gibraltar, the area has a fascinating history and has a lot to offer its visitors. Behind the industrial port and the militaristic border crossing there is a traditional Spanish area with all the charms and characteristics you would expect from an Andalucían town.
A walk into the old town, with its plazas and cafes, is a wonderful way to pass the time. Or you could head down to one of the towns two beaches to take in some sun as well as some history. Levante beach is home to some of the remaining fortifications that were built in response to the British sovereignty of Gibraltar and the beach also has a watchtower and some interesting bunkers left over from world war two.
There are many other attractions to check out including an important Plaza de Toros (bullring) with its own bullfighting museum. There is also a theatre, an important museum and a beautiful 19th century colonial-style church called the Parroquia de la Immaculada.
La Linea’s port area is called La Atunara and it is home to many bars and restaurants as well as a lovely old church.
It’s proximity to Gibraltar is one of the main reasons why visitors come to La Linea and you can not stay in this area without appeasing your curiosity and nipping over the border to see what all the fuss is about! Just don’t forget to take your passport with you as you will need to show it to both Spanish Guardia Civil and the British police.
Aside from the cheap tobacco, alcohol and petrol and electrical goods available on Gibraltar, the area has a variety of other attractions too. One of the big draws to The Rock is the resident population of wild Barbary apes. Gibraltar is home to the only colony of wild Barbary apes in Europe, who live happily at the very top of the Rock of Gibraltar itself. Visitors can take a cable car up to the ape station at the top to see the apes up close. From the top ape station you can also take in the absolutely stunning views of Gibraltar, the Spanish coastline and Morocco. There are a variety of other historical attractions on Gibraltar and it is definitely worth a day trip or longer.
If you are missing a taste of home, you can spend your British pounds in Gibraltar and post your postcards in traditional red post boxes. There are also British bobbies on the beat. When it comes to shopping you will find branches of some popular British stores including Marks & Spencer, Next, Wallis, Top Shop, British Home Stores, Dorothy Perkins and there’s even a Pizza Hut and a Morrisons supermarket.
If Gibraltar is your destination then staying in La Linea is probably the most cost effective solution. La Linea has a good selection of hotels which are all cheaper than staying on Gibraltar itself. A short stroll will take you to the border where once you have passed through passport control, you can catch a taxi or bus to the centre or even walk. It is a lot easier to do this than take your car over the border. The queues in and out of Gibraltar can be very long – especially at rush hours and at certain times over the weekends - and parking is not free.
The Iberostar City Hotel in La Linea is just 300m from the border so is ideal if you want to visit Gibraltar. The AC La Linea is slightly further away (2km) but often has some good deals on offer and as a budget option, choose Hostal Carlos which is directly in the centre of La Linea. But always book here as it is frequently full.
The local areas surrounding La Linea are currently being heavily developed and the area is slowly being discovered by investors looking for the next boom area. The demand for property on this part of the coast is becoming more apparent with every year that passes and many beautiful new apartment blocks and townhouses are being constructed.
This is an excellent time to invest in property in this area as it is still very much in the early stages of development and therefore the prices are relatively low. Its proximity to Gibraltar, San Roque, Algeciras and North Africa means that La Linea is definitely a place to watch out for when looking to buy property!
If you are thinking about buying property in La Linea then you need to make Costa Del Sol Property Group your first port of call. Whatever kind of property you are looking to buy, we are here to help you buy property in La Linea and to make it an enjoyable and stress-free experience.
If you are thinking about living in La Linea permanently or buying a property as an investment or second holiday home then you can choose from a great selection of direct owner listings with many reduced in price and bank repossessions ranging from apartments, penthouses and larger townhouses and villas.
There are lots of benefits to purchasing property in La Linea rather than other places along the coast. Its proximity to Gibraltar means that people who are looking to buy property in La Linea for investment can take advantage of a healthy rental market and good rental returns.
Many of the people buy property and want to live in the area as they work in Gibraltar, and because the cost of living is cheaper in La Linea. La Linea is a popular place to buy property for people to rent properties on long term contracts making it a perfect place for buy to let investment.