Roses Travel Guide
Overview The largest holiday resort town on the north of the Costa Brava
is the busy, crowded port of Roses, thought to have been founded by
the ancient Greeks but sporting few remnants today of its long
history besides a crumbling citadel and sections of city wall.
Instead the harbour town, where once a handful of British sailors
repulsed an attack by Napoleon, is now a mass of typical high-rise
resort developments, rising in tiers from a busy harbour and a few
miles of man-made sandy beach, abuzz with holidaymakers indulging
in all kinds of water sports. There is an aquatic park, go-karts,
numerous take-away and fast food restaurants, scuba centres,
cruises from the harbour and many more tourist amenities. The town
is the only beach resort in the region that faces west, making it
famous for its sunsets over the Gulf of Roses. Roses is a large and
popular resort with an energetic nightlife, some good restaurants
and many beautiful beaches nearby. It is suitable for relaxed
family holidays and popular with the 18 to 30 age group in search
of sun, sand and a party.
Almadraba beach, Roses © In Praise of Sardines
Shopping Most of the shops in Roses are concentrated near the beachfront
area. There are a few good markets around the town centre selling
locally made holiday souvenirs such as jewellery, leather goods,
and fabric. The best market is held in Roses every Sunday. Although
not considered a shopper's paradise, Roses certainly provides
everything holidaymakers may need on a resort holiday.
Restaurants For many years Roses was famous for the celebrated El Bulli
restaurant, generally considered one of the best restaurants in the
world, but it has sadly closed. There are, however, still a number
of good restaurants in Roses, which has a reputation as one of the
better resorts as far as eating out is concerned. There are several
traditional eateries serving excellent local Catalan cuisine; try
the suquet de peix, a stew made from fresh fish and
shellfish. The area around Xines Mulan has a range of cuisine from
Mexican to Chinese food, and some steak houses.
Nightlife Roses' nightlife is bustling, with every option from live
flamenco music to thumping house clubs. New Orleans, in Avenida
Clot dels Franquets Nord, is home to the most clubs, and popular
venues include Octopussy, Picasso, and Chic. Roses hosts regular
fiestas and festivals, on almost a monthly basis. The
resort can be noisy at night due to all the revelry, but those
wanting a quieter holiday can get accommodation a little further
out from the central party hub.
Activities Although the town has lost much of its visible history,
travellers will still find plenty of ancient cultural sites to
visit, including the Citadel, which was built in 776 BC by the
Romans. Roses is a haven for bird watching and other wildlife
spotting, with several observatories and other animal centres in
the area. You can also see Salvador Dali's former home only 12
miles (19km) away, or visit the Dali Museum in Figueres. The
man-made beaches offer opportunities to swim, snorkel, sail, or
just lie on the beach and get that golden tan, while the
surrounding Catalonian countryside has a great range of sightseeing
attractions and is popular with hikers.
Negatives Some neighbouring beaches are nudist beaches and families
travelling with children should take this into account before
booking a holiday.
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