Roses is an essentially Mediterranean town with a notable tourist and seafaring tradition. Located in a unique natural environment in the northern area of the Costa Brava, it is less than 30 km from the French border, 65 km from Girona and 160 km from Barcelona. The Airport at Girona is just 1 hour drive from the resort.
Roses origins date back to the eighth century BC with the arrival of the Greeks. Roses is a modern town, which is culturally active and with proud traditions. The town has prospered since the middle of the 20th century, and boasts excellent shopping, restaurants, bars, beaches, nightlife and sporting facilities.
Leisure & recreation For walkers or mountain bikers there is the Aiguamolls nature reserve, a wonderful natural parkland and animal sanctuary stretching up from the coast to the Pyrenees Mountains.
The fantastic Water Fun Park of Aqua Brava in Roses is great for families, plus you can try your hand at skydiving, boating, sailing and karting are available. There are also facilities for horse riding nearby; bird watching on the extensive wetlands also attracts quite a few twitchers.
Golf For the golfer Roses is heaven, with six top class courses within 45 minutes drive, offering a variety of challenges.
Beaches Roses is near to some the most attractive and least crowded beaches of the Costa Brava. Just down the road, the vast stretch of beach runs all the way to historic Sant Martí de Empuries, which also has its own charming beach.
From here, a maritime walkway with views of the Roman ruins of Empúries runs as far as the fishing town of L’Escala with its own seafront promenade, beaches and tempting seafood restaurants.
Excursions Figueres (Dali museum) or Girona can be reached very easily and offer great shopping and cultural experiences. Barcelona with i's historic sights, fantastic restaurants and world-class museums and art galleries, is a popular day out. The beautiful antique town of La Bisbal, is famous for its pottery and ceramics.
Cap de Creus is a nearby area where the Pyrenees run down to the sea, accessible by way of the beautiful coastal artists village of Cadaqués made famous by Salvador Dalí and Picasso.
Eating out El Bulli, currently the world’s most famous restaurant is nearby, but usually requires booking several months in advance. There are many good restaurants within 10 to 25 minutes drive.
Cuisine The gastronomy of Catalonia is rich and varied. Principally it is the typical Mediterranean diet of fish and seafood with fresh vegetables, olives and olive oil rice and pasta.
We recommend that visitors try some traditional Catalan dishes whilst on holiday, especially delicious are Escudella I Carn D'olla, vegetable broth with pork, veal and chicken. Pa Amb Tomàquet, simply rustic bread, can be toasted, rubbed with tomato pulp and dressed with oil and salt; these delcious breakfast can also be served with ham, sausage or tortilla.
Coca is a very thin dough baked with onions, peppers and other vegetables served with and meats, or fish (especially sardines).
Climate Most of the time Roses basks in warm sunshine; the summers are long, with the heat alleviated by gentle breezes caressing the verdant and sometimes sylvan landscape where here and there mountains tumble down towards a crystal sea.
Autumn and spring weather is mostly fine, with clear skies and thoroughly agreeable temperatures. The short winter can be wet and windy at times. However it is not unusual in January for example for the mercury to rise above the confines of temperatures inferior to 20C.
Excellent resort, a choice of beaches , pretty bays , clean soft sand . Plenty of water activities paragliding, jet speed boats , jet-ski etc , and cycles and segway hire in Roses town. Old castle to visit. national park with wild animals. Butterfly park, Aqua Park. Easy reach of France , Figueres, Salvador Dali Museum , etc . Roses has plenty of bars/ restaurants , entertainment. Empuriabrava (canals and posh boats) and Santa Magarida, good beach, definitely worth a visit and close by.
Roses itself if fairly "touristy" with the usual clothes and trinket shops. The town beach is nice and was not overly crowded. The area we stayed in was Mas Fumats which was on the side of a hill offering a breath taking view of the Bay of Roses in one direction and the mountains in another. I would recommend this over the in town hotels. The adjacent nature preserve offered very nice hiking.
Costa Brava reviews
Sand beaches. Parking often a bit of an issue. Water cool but swimable.