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Puente Mayorga on the Bay of Gibraltar

in San Roque Municipality in Cádiz Province, Andalucia, Spain
By Nick Nutter | 13 May 2020
Gibraltar across the Bay Puente Mayorga Carteia Playa Guadarranque Puente Mayorga Bridge Torre de Rocadillo

The first time Puente Mayorga is mentioned is in the archives of San Roque. In 1540 a Turkish fleet raided the district. It is recorded that they destroyed 200 full wineskins and killed 300 pigs. Puente Mayorga is a natural harbour on the north side of the Bay of Gibraltar. It is named after the 18th century bridge over the Rio de los Gallegos and, despite being alongside the industrial complex of San Roque, is still a picturesque place with the Rock of Gibraltar providing a dramatic backdrop.

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Carteia and Torre del Rocadillo

Sandwiched between La Linea de la Concepcion and Los Barrios, Puente Mayorga has a population of about 2000 and, despite its late mention in the history books, dates back to at least Phoenician times. The Carthaginian – Roman ruins of Carteia are just behind the beach alongside the 16th century Torre del Rocadillo.

Economy

A small fishing community eke out a livelihood, but the main employers are the oil refinery and the power station at Los Barrios.

Playa de Guadarranque

On summer Sundays the locals head for the 800 metre long beach, Playa de Guadarranque. It is surprisingly clean considering the nearby industry and equipped with showers and a Red Cross station. There are no chiringuitos. Playa Guadarranque’s saving grace is the spectacular view of Gibraltar on the far side of the bay.

Go to: Cádiz province
Go to: Cádiz city
Go to: San Roque town

Places to go in San Roque municipality

Romans in Andalucia | Carteia - Carthaginian and Roman ruins

Villages in San Roque municipality

Guide to San Roque Gibraltar in the Fields of San Roque
Costa del Sol | Sotogrande offers a luxury lifestyle
Torreguadiaro, a satellite town of Sotogrande
Guide to Guadiaro, the Roman town of Barbesula

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About the Author

Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.

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