Useful information about Roche and the surrounding area
The urbanisation Roche is a very family based residential community which was founded in 1979 in the middle of a pine forest. The very quiet but central location of Roche, directly at the Atlantic Ocean, offers visitors relaxing days at the pool and long walks along the 4 miles long sand beach or through the bays. The best time to stroll around the bays framed by cliffs, however, is early in the morning and in the evening just before sunset, depending also on the water level and the waves.
The restaurant El Timon de Roche is located between the entrance of the first bay and the beginning of the 4 miles long sand beach which leads to the promenade of La Barrosa. The fantastic views of the cliffs, the beach and the surroundings of El Timón will quickly help you to forget the flow of time and the problems of everyday life.
In the centre of Roche there is the shaded square with its cafes situated among pine trees, a large playground, kiosk, supermarket and our real estate Immoteam El Delfin. Just a few yards away there is a sports’ complex with football, handball, volleyball and basketball fields. Several tennis and paddle courts are also available for visitors and residents. Various sports activities and tournaments for all ages take place during the summer holidays. There is a surf school, which hires out surfboards at the beach bar, a children’s entertainer and a discotheque, also a charity race and squash and tennis tournaments.
Other activities like horse riding, bicycle tours through the pine forest, jogging along the cliffs of Roche in direction of Conil or on the path along the river leading to the port and in its extension through the “Cala del Aceite” to Conil.
The lighthouse of Conil is a popular meeting point due to the beautiful sunsets, the views of the fishing port, located below the lighthouse, Conil and the Trafalgar Lighthouse in the distance.
La Cala del Aceite, a small bay with a beach bar, crystal clear waters and a slight decline particularly suitable for children is only a few yards away from the lighthouse. While sunbathing or drinking a glass of wine, the visitor can comfortably watch fishermen and sports boats returning to the port.
In the port itself, there is the “container”, a small fish restaurant. From the terrace you can watch the arrival and departure of the fishing boats.
Novo Santi Petri, especially known among golfers, is located on the other side of Roche. Here, there are a few restaurants and bars and a small shopping centre among other things. The promenade of “La Barrosa” with a variety of restaurants and cafés and the old fishing port of Sancti Petri with its ruins (today used as a sport harbour) is at a distance of 5 minutes by car.
Conil de la Frontera, one of the most beautiful andalusian white villages we know, is famous for its outstanding nightlife. The old town is located directly above the shores of the Atlantic Ocean where the promenade with a variety of cafes and restaurants is located. In the centre of the old town, there are historical buildings of the 16th century, such as the Tower Guzmán, old churches, the ancient town gate and walls. You will discover beautiful squares, small alleyways with beautifully designed courtyards, a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars. Many events take place in Conil during the summer months.
Vejer de la Frontera, which was elected a few years ago as the most beautiful white village of Andalusia, is located at the top of a mountain and has great views. In the old town, surrounded by a wall there are many historic buildings of the 10th and 11th century. In the narrow alleys and beautiful squares you will find traditional shops, restaurants, bars and a market hall. Very impressive, especially at night, is La Plaza de España, with a fountain in the centre and many restaurants, for example the famous hotel/restaurant El Jardín del Califa.
Medina Sidonia is also located on a mountain. Here you can visit an old fortress, historic buildings, such as the remarkable old church, the beautiful square with good restaurants and cosy alleys with traditional shops. Medina Sidonia also offers panoramic views of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
El Palmar, Caños de Meca and Cape Trafalgar are very popular especially among the younger generation and surfers, mostly due to the chill-out bars, often with live music, the discotheques, the alternative beaches and the street markets.
In San Fernando, there is a very large shopping centre called, “Bahía Sur” with shops for clothes, shoes, sport, sunglasses, etc., el Corte Inglés, a huge supermarket, cafes and restaurants.
Cádiz, probably the oldest city in Europe, and Seville are worth a visit. According to an inscription on a tombstone and the legend, Hercules was the founder and ruler of Cadiz. The city was founded in 1100 BC by the Phoenicians. The long history of the city is omnipresent and makes walking through the streets a genuine experience. The main access to the old town is through a large square where the town-hall is situated, opposite the port of Cadiz. In addition to a beautiful 17th century cathedral – you can climb one of the towers -, there are narrow alleys with bars and restaurants and squares with shaded cafes. Worth seeing are also the Church of Sta. Cruz, the Oratory of San Felipe Neri, the Sacred Cave (18th century), the ancient bath house on the city beach, the Camera Obscura in the Tower Tavira and much more. At the port, opposite the old town you can take a boat to el Puerto de Santa María (40 minutes; price approx. € 3,-).
El Puerto de Santa María is also a very beautiful seaport, which has a beautiful shopping street, old churches, an old market, nice restaurants and partly very old bodegas.
Jerez de la Frontera is the town of sherry and flamenco. Here, you can visit a variety of vineyards and bodegas, such as Tio Pepe, Sandeman, González Byass and others. A very nice town centre, cosy squares, a wide commercial street and the Royal Riding School are just a few options available for visitors.
Tarifa has a beautiful historic old town, narrow alleys and the “Castillo de Guzmán el Bueno”, a fortress, built in the year 960 by order of Caliph Abd Rahman III, which marks the southernmost point of continental Europe. In the old town you will find beautiful alleys with shops and bars. In our opinion, Tarifa is definitely worth a visit. Should you be interested, there is also the possibility to take a ferry to Tangier – Morocco. Our advice: remove marker (stickers, flags, etc.) when participating in a guided tour, in order not to be permanently harassed by street sellers etc. Exiting Tarifa in direction of Roche, you will pass along the long “Val de Vaquero” beach, with kite and windsurfing places as well as some very nice restaurants with interestingly designed gardens.
Another interesting destination is the Montemedio golf course near Vejer. There is a beautiful old castle surrounded by a park and stables for horses with a cafeteria. You can take a break in the castle restaurant and have a coffee while enjoying the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Vejer de la Frontera.
We definitely recommend visiting Seville. You will reach the capital of Andalusia, which hardly can be described by words after a drive of about an hour and a half. Places of interest are, among others, the 15th century cathedral – once the third largest church of the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul`s Cathedral in London; la Giralda – once the mosque minaret and now the cathedral’s bell tower and the symbol of the city; el Alcázar from the 10th century – a Moorish style palace; el Barrio de Santa Cruz, a district of the old town close to the cathedral and the Alcázar with narrow streets and whitewashed houses; la Torre del Oro – a tower of the 13th century, it is said that its top was previously covered with a layer of gold; la Plaza de Toros(called Real Maestranza) – where the bullfights take place; La Plaza de España with an old castle in a beautiful park, el Parque de María Luisa, in the centre of Seville, near the river Guadalquivir, which divides Seville in 2 parts; the University of Seville, near Parque de María Luisa – with marble floors and arches, leading to small patios with painted tiles; el Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, which unfortunately cannot be described in a few words.