"I live in La Linea" La Línea de la Concepción by onlineamiga
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La Linea is an up and coming Spanish town, but not without its old problems. Bad relations with Gibraltar, higher petty crime, begging and disgustingly dirty streets still plauge this town today. However, despite this, there are some interesting and nice spots... But you have to go look for them.
La Linea is up against some absolutely amazing places further down the coast. From the fine sands of Tarifa, to lush Estepona, Marbella and the rest of the Costa Del Sol. With gorgeous inland villages with spectacular views such as Gaucin, Jimena, here lies "La Linea". I think this town gets referred to as a "*** Hole" and the locals referred to as "fleas" by everywhere else in about a 200 mile radius. Its perhaps a tad unfair due to how great everywhere else is around here. It is really just an average Spanish Town. Thanks mostly due to Gibraltar and workers from there choosing to live on the Spanish side as it is cheaper, there is more money in the town than ever before. So it is slowly improving from the shanty town it once was.
So they got rid of the train station, and politely named San Roque's train station to San Roque - La Linea. So either go into there or Algeciras. Then take a taxi or a bus into La Linea itself.
There is a bus station, it looks like something out of the 1960s. But it is a bus station apparantly. Last time I went there during the middle of the day, there was absolutely nothing open other than a quaint old cafe place on the side of it.
Fly to Gibraltar, and pray your flight doesnt get diverted due to cross winds, rain, or because some old biddy is taking too long to cross the runway. Then after exiting Gibraltar, enjoy a welcome to Spain by sitting in a queue for hours on end trying to get out. The best way is to walk out, as most of the time this is ok. Other airports nearby are Malaga, Jerez and Seville.
Two main routes into La Linea, the first being the road through Campamento, the second the A-383 car muncher motorway. This new road brings you into town giving an amazing view of Gibraltar and the town, as it bends round. Watch for a random black illegally parked car on the hash markings on an entry slip road to your right. The Guardia will be waiting for you at the bottom if you are speeding.
The nice motorway ends and then you have to drive through an industrial estate, which incidently also has a cemetary in the middle of it as well. Your first welcome to La Linea will be a stench from the crap factory to your right as you come in. Many say the stench never goes away, you just get used to it.
The first thing you will notice about La Linea is there is dirt and muck all over the place. It also stinks. You will feel like you need a shower after dealing with some parts. When you sit down to have a coffee at one of the nicer bars, you will get harassed by beggers. The climate is not the same here as Costa Del Sol, it is exposed to the elements. A few nice charanguitos have propped up on the beach, such as KoKo Bar. This is a great bar to sit at if you bring ear plugs and dont intend to speak to anyone you are with.. as they blast music out so loudly even during the day. A Carrefour supermarket is in town and a large Mercadona. Once again you will get harassed by beggers offering to take your trolley back (to keep the euro obviously).
Tobacco smuggling is the way of the land here. Go in and out of Gibraltar as many times as you can and bring out cartons of cigarettes for the big chiefs, who will distribute by the truck load up the coast and inland. Usually quicker to conduct said work on a bicycle. Don't worry if you dont have one, there are plenty of people around who can help you steal one.
Theres a nice park near the border... Well no its not nice really, but nice if you want to get mugged, or hang around blasting music out of your car need for speed style. If you do this ensure to leave as much mess from nearby McDonalds all over the place.
Owning a dog in La Linea is mandatory, your dog is also required to bark and howl all night. There is no need to scoop the poop off the streets when youre walking it. The Council workers who are constantly on strike for not getting paid will clean up after you.
Come to La Linea!! And then go to Gibraltar, like everyone else does!
La Linea is off the beaten path when it comes to discovering the rest of the Costa Del Sol. Most simply pass through it... more travel advice
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