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San Roque: a true paradise for outdoor fans

White beaches, turquoise-coloured sea, forest and mountains – San Roque is providing fascinating memories for all tourists and outdoor fans who like to discover the wealth of nature and a region close to the Strait of Gibraltar, possessing rich biodiversity.

Beside its beautiful beaches, San Roque is offering several attractions, one of them is Pinar del Rey, a 338 hectare suburban park, covered mostly by forest. Reforestation of the wide area dates back to the beginning of the 19th century when Spain was an important naval power, using timber to build warships. Closely located to the entrance of the park is the Fountain Alhaja, a welcoming place for all visitors as well as local residents, drinking its pure and fresh water.

Overall, the park is divided into two areas. With generally more visitors, the southern part of the park includes a recreational area with picnic and barbecue facilities, a tourist information point and a botanic garden. The northern part consists of undisturbed wild nature and the access to motor vehicles is not allowed. Visitors can choose between four hiking trails, discovering the diversity of nature.

Another highlight of San Roque is the estuary of the river Guadiaro (El Estuario del Río Guadiaro) and the lagoon Torreguadiaro (La Laguna de Torreguadiaro). It is one of the most important habitats for 144 bird species, migrating between Europe and North Africa. Several nature trails are the best way for visitors to discover the fauna and flora of this exceptional area.

A well kept secret is the Finca Alcaidesa, which borders on the northeast of Pinar del Rey. The area of 1500 hectares offers a wide range of accommodation. The Finca is the perfect place for outdoor sports and ecotourism. Visitors can choose between numerous activities: climbing, biking tours, canoeing or horse back riding. Extraordinary activities like survival camps and environmental education programmes for children will provide unforgettable memories during a stay on the Finca.

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