The town’s municipal area stretches from the province of Malaga to Algeciras Bay. A series of beaches run from the border with Malaga as far as La Linea de la Concepcion and in certain parts of the Bay, small mountain ranges tower above the surrounding countryside.

The origins of the present-day town lie in the loss of the Gibraltar in 1704, whereupon some of the Rock’s residents settled on a small hill where a chapel stood in honour of San Roque. The old town has been declared to be of Historical and Artistic Importance and its highlights are St. Mary’s Church, St. Philip’s Oratory and San Roque Chapel itself.