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Roses Costa Brava Spain
Roses on its best!

Roses, a holiday resort with the most beautiful Bay of Roses and port at the Costa Brava

The snug seaside resort of Roses isn´t even 30 kilometres away from the French border in the north east of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Fishing has played an important role here for years, Roses has the biggest fishing fleet of the Costa Brava. Besides that, Roses has grown out to be a popular holiday destination. Many tourists know where to find this nice place. Roses is magnificently located along the rough coast line and is world famous thanks for its beautiful sunset. You can enjoy the sun, sea and beach and there are many nice restaurants and bars if you want to go out in the evening. The summers are long and warm, the winters short and mild. Roses is also an ideal base to explore beautiful Catalan. After a drive of 160 kilometres you can arrive in Barcelona, Girona is a drive of 65 kilometres.

In the holiday resort Roses you'll never get bored for a moment. What can you do in the area of Roses?

The Bay of Roses is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. It's owned by UNESCO, that has on the World Heritage List only 37 bays around the world! Besides it's beautiness you can also enjoy every day fleet of fishing boats coming into the harbour and buy some fresh fish or other sea food.

Roses, Castelló d'Empúries (Empuriabrava), Sant Pere Pescador and L'Escala are officially titled by UNESCO. These villages are actually almost all in a line along the coast of Empordà, Girona province. They form an attractive curved route full of surprises from mother nature. Beaches and coves, beautiful parks, monuments, ruins and more. Enjoy the beauty of nature during a nice walk and discover the olive route or the megalithic route that brings you to many impressive stone formations and gives you relaxing moment in the Parque Natural de Aiguamolls de l'Emporda.

If you stay in Roses you're only at a stone throw away from the World of Dalí. Therefore, we recommend you to visit at least one of the three points of the triangle of Dalí. The Daliniaanse triangle consists of Cadaques, Figueres and Púbol. In every point of the triangle you'll discover remarkable and artistic works from the famous Salvador Dalí.

For a delicous culinary adventure you're totally on the right place in Roses. In Roses you'll enjoy as well from the typical local cuisine as from your own mothers national dishes.

There isn't a lack of water sports in the surroundings of Roses! Along the coast in the holiday resorts is plenty of water recreation to find. Nevertheless, Sant Pere Pescador is because its location an extra great recommendation for windsurfers and kite surfers to battle the sea. In beautiful places as Roses or l'Escala you're able to discover one of the most beautiful underwater worlds. But the best in the area is the nearby situated protected natural park Las Islas Medas. It's a very famous spot among divers, nature and water lovers. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, also for you there are plenty of options. Go hit a ball in the morning or afternoon on the golf course Peralada for example. This is one of the best of its kind in the region and it also gives you again a beautiful natural picture in the background. But, there's so much more. From go-karting to playing tennis, from cycling to playing mini golf, you can take a cruise boat to Cap de Creus or take a ride in the tourist train.

Large white sand beaches of Roses with recreation and watersport facilities

Beach Playa Rastrell Roses Costa Brava Spain
1 of the beaches of Roses with a promenade and water sports

Roses is located in the bay of Roses and has a lovely sandy beach, where you can walk along a beautiful promenade. You can lie out on your deckchair besides the water, close your eyes while you enjoy the Spanish sun on your skin. Would you prefer a little bit more action? No problem, there are many (water)sport possibilities. You can, for example, go jet skiing, snorkelling, surfing or rent a boat. You won´t be bored a single day. Located between the steep cliffs in the beautiful bay you will find yourself in a small paradise!

The cultural side of Roses

The most seaside resorts on the Costa Brava offer you besides the wonderful beach and climate the chance to go back in history. You can admire many remains from the past, which is also the case in Roses. The citadel from the XVIe century with the monastery Santa Maria de Roses in the historical city centre is, for example, definitely worth visiting. Also nice is the fort, the Castell de la Trinitat, that was built in 1544 on orders of Karel V to defend the city. The ruins of this fort can still be viewed to this day.

Shopping and going out in Roses

You can’t skip the weakly market on Sunday morning and the daily fish market is also a must. You are practically buying the fish directly from the sea. Besides that, Roses knows a snug and lively night life. There are many pubs, clubs and tapas bars where you can enjoy a swinging night out on the town. The big marina is also filled with life, especially at night.

Fancy a dream holiday on the Costa Brava?

Canyelles Petites Roses Costa Brava Spain
Canyelles Petites is 1 of the best places of Roses to snorkel

Can you not wait until it is holidays again? Get in to a holiday mood already and book your holiday now! Have you ever considered spending your well deserved holiday in your own holiday villa? Have your very own holiday home, all the privacy and comfort you could wish for and often with a private swimming pool! This is not just for other people! Use the orange button on this page for more information about your dream villa!

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