When I mention “Roses” I am speaking of the city of Rosas (eng. Roses), not the flowers, located on the Costa Brava in Catalonia, Spain at the northern end of the Gulf of Roses.
I visited Roses a few years ago, and when I first saw the skyline of the hotel towers, standing near to each other like in Manhattan I just wanted to turn around, a bit (a lot) disappointed. But then the hotel (cheap) was not so bad with Spanish wooden furniture and an extra large bed and I got a room at the top with a terrace which overlooked the whole bay and I began to change my mind.
Slowly you forget the towers, and the village got quite fun (especially at night) and the “Venice” part, Santa Margarida, gives the village even some romantic & luxurious allure. There is such a large offering of restaurants, bars, bodegas, etc. that you have enough to look at and enjoy the whole evenings. There is such a mix of young & old, all nations, everyone in holiday mood, you dive in and become one of the colourful bubbles wibbering over the whole of the village and beaches.
Town & area: Although the remains of what used to be the historic town of Roses are pretty well hidden, it makes a good base for a beach holiday. Roses is the largest town on the broad Gulf of Roses and though it is not chic and sophisticated it offers a bit of everything for everyone: Long white beaches for beachcombers and sun worshipers; the important nature reserve at Aiguamolls de l’Empordá for the ecologist and bird-watcher; basic trailer lots for campers; and plenty of resorts and chalets to let for the Middle-European tourist with a bit of money to spend.
>>>Go to the channels of Santa Margerida (see below) with large sailing boats and yachts tied up just beside the house of the owner or some hotels; it’s a good ambience there (dream of Florida…).
~Playa de Roses: The main beach of Roses is divided into three sectors: Nova beach, Rastrell beach and Salatar beach, each separated from the others by a stream. It has an overall length of 1,790 m and extends from the mouth of the Ginjolers watercourse to the beach of Santa Margarida. It is a very wide and much frequented beach, with fine sand and not very deep water. Lifeguards, showers, rubbish bins, toilets, Red Cross, telephones, good signposting, disabled access ramp, restaurants, drinks and ice-cream stalls, sun loungers, parasols, sunshades, pedal-boat and kayak rental, volleyball net, children’s play area, windsurfing school and easy parking area.
~Playa de Santa Margarida: Extends from Salatar beach to the mouth of the residential marina of Santa Margarida. It is a long, wide beach, of about 650 m, with fine, golden sand -and clean. It is popular with foreign holiday makers, many of whom have their second homes here. The development of Santa Margarida is a first order tourist centre, made up of a marina with 16km of navigable channels, an unbeatable variety of accommodation (hotels, campsites and apartments), a wide gastronomical, commercial and recreational variety, and a buzzing nightlife. Lifeguards, showers, rubbish bins, toilets, Red Cross, telephones, good signposting, disabled access ramp, restaurants, drinks and ice-cream stalls, sun loungers, parasols, sunshades, pedal-boat and kayak rental, volleyball net, children’s play area, windsurfing and diving
Amusements: all you want- everything day & night ~ for kids, too.
If you are lucky there is a Fiesta in Roses or at Cadaques (one village farther on) and you can participate in some original Flamenco. In Barcelona maybe you have a higher standard but here it’s genuine from the people living around the countryside. You will forget the towers in Roses for sure. At each 20 km you have some other villages, each as famous and full of tourists as the other.
>>>Cadaqués: Undoubtedly the nicest of the resorts on the Cape, along with Port de la Selva and Llançà. The town is delightful, particularly in the off season. Beyond Cadaqués is Portlligat and the Cap de Creus, the eerily beautiful, barren and wind-swept landscape which inspired the region’s most universal son, Salvador Dalí. Above Llança are the 10th century remains of Benedictine Sant Pere de Rodes. Inland from Sant Pere de Rodes is a wine-growing area renowned for its megalithic monuments and ruined Romanesque monasteries (like the almost inaccessible Sant Quirze de Colera).
>>>Figueras. Most people visit Figueras for the Dali museum, but it is a pleasant enough place in its own right. Dali lived here with his wife Gala and then with singer Amanada Lear before he died. You can visit his house and look into his garden. There are actually three Dali museums, in Figueras, Púbol and Portilligat. The one in Figueras is the oldest and most visited and holds the largest collection of major works by Dalí in a single location. Some aged people of the village remember Dali personally.
Along the Costa Brava almost every step is some tourist attraction that helped the natives of Spain to partake a bit in the richness of the industrial countries. But the people at the countrysides would not starve if there should be a crisis of global dimensions; they just would go back to their roots & income, that which the land & sea offers.
Here is a nice video about Roses from http://www.spain-holiday.com/Roses so you can see it for yourself before you come to visit.
And here some web sites you can visit for finding more information about Roses:
Hasta la vista from the beaches of Spain for you!
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