What to see in Roses, beaches, citadel and much more!
The best places to visit in Roses Costa Brava
Roses is located in a unique natural environment: north of the Costa Brava, less than 30 km from the French border, 65 km from Girona and 160 km from Barcelona. Gateway to the Cap de Creus Natural Park, its origins date back to the 8th century, it is characterized for being a large tourist center, with urbanizations, hotels, beaches and two ports (fishing and sports), and an attractive place with great relief within the northern sector of the Costa Brava.
If we want to know what to see in Roses, the truth is that we have endless activities of places to visit, here we leave you our recommendations.
1 - Citadel of Roses
The Citadel of Roses is perhaps the most important place to visit after its beaches and the old town. It is a 17th century fortification that enclosed the town of Roses as a defense at very different times. Also within the enclosure we can see the interpretation museum and the birth of the Medieval Villa
2 - Old Town
The Old Town of Roses is another of the points that Mágicos Pirineos recommends. Countless clothing stores, bars where you can eat the best seafood tapas, restaurants with typical food from the coastal area of Empordà and the entire Costa Brava.
You can taste Seafood Paellas, Arroz a banda, Suquet de pescado among many other star dishes of the place.
3 - Castle of the Trinity
The Castillo de la Trinidad is a fortification from the 16th century. It is built next to the Citadel to defend part of the Costa Brava from entry by sea.
It is facing the sea and has the shape of an amphitheatre. In 1814 during the war of independence it was destroyed by the French army. But in 2002 it was decided to rebuild it, inaugurating in 2010 as a cultural monument.
4 - Roses Megalithic Complex
If you want to know other important points of the municipality that are not its beaches, without a doubt something to see in Roses is its Megalithic Complex. Located within the Cap de Creus Natural Park, you will find a series of ruins from the first settlers of Roses as well as dolmens and menhirs, dating from between 3,000-2,700 BC.
There is a marked route to see the most important ones, such as the imposing Dolmen Creu d'en Cobertella, the Dolmen Llit de la Generala and the Dolmen del Cap de l'Home. Although if you really enjoy hiking I recommend this 15km circular route (not suitable for beginners), where you can see all the prehistoric monuments in the area.
5 - Tourist and cultural train of Roses
If you want to take a comfortable and quiet ride and get to know Roses from another point of view, I recommend taking a ride on the Roses Express Tourist and Cultural Train. Ideal to do with children, they offer 5 different routes that cover between 15 and 30 kilometres, lasting a maximum of 2 hours and a half.
You will get a spectacular panoramic view of Roses and its bay, beaches and coves and you will get to know the Cap de Creus Natural Park with minimal effort and in the most comfortable way.
6 - Beaches and Coves of Roses
Many of the tourists who travel to Roses do so with the sole objective of visiting and relaxing on its beautiful beaches and coves. For this reason, one of the essential things to see in Roses is precisely its coastline. Along the 15 kilometers of coastline, you will find quiet coves with crystalline waters and wide sandy beaches, ideal for going with children or practicing water sports.
- Platja de Canyelles Petites: semi-urban beach with fine sand and crystalline waters and with all services.
- Platja de l'Almadrava: is a semi-urban beach, with fine sand and deep blue waters. It has all the services such as walkways, showers, rescue, beach bars, restaurants and hotels. You can also rent kayaks or scooters.
- Cala Murtra: small cove with a wild landscape, 120 meters long, made of pebbles, difficult to access on foot and without services. The practice of nudism is allowed.
- Cala Rostella: small virgin cove, 100 meters long, made of pebbles, surrounded by cliffs and difficult to access on foot. No services.
- Cala Calís: small stone cove, 50 meters long and with a steep drop in depth. No services.
- Cala Montjoi: wide 270-metre cove, coarse-grained sand, quite crowded, with a beach bar, restaurant and hotel. Ideal for scuba diving.
- Cala Calitjàs: a small cove surrounded by cliffs, with transparent waters and coarse sand, easily accessible on foot and without services.
- La Pelosa cove.
- Cala Canadell.
- Cala Jóncols.
7 - Aquabrava Water Park
Who doesn't fancy a cool dip in the largest wave pool in Europe? During the summer months, the AQUABRAVA water park opens its doors every day so that adults and children can spend a day on slides and pools, a fun plan with family or friends. The laughs are guaranteed and the splashes of water, too!
8 - Natural Park of Cap de Creus
The Cap de Creus Natural Park is a maritime-terrestrial park located in the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. It occupies an area of 13,886 hectares, of which 10,813 correspond to the terrestrial part and 3,073 to the marine part, which extends over 8 municipalities, including Roses.
If you like hiking, the park has about 15 simple and circular routes from which you will have the opportunity to discover this spectacular area, its rich fauna and flora. I recommend that you take the car and go to the Monastery of Sant Pere de Roses, the current headquarters of the park, and from there find out about the activities and routes that are available to you.
9 - Visit the Fishing Port of Roses
If you are traveling with children, one of the visits that I recommend in Roses is to its Fishing Port. The Roses Tourist Office organizes guided visits to the Fishing Port to see the trawling boats arrive and learn about how its market works.
During the visit, the different fishing methods used are disclosed, which are the species in the area and how the fish auction is done. You will need to make a reservation at the Tourist Office.
10 - Take a boat trip to Cadaqués
The views from the coast are beautiful, but from the sea they are even more so. Do not miss the opportunity to take a trip to Cadaqués by boat, be it an organized excursion, a large catamaran or a chartered boat. Sailing along the spectacular slightly steep coast that hides a multitude of small coves and beaches, is a perfect plan!
In Taxi Pino we offer the transfer from Empuriabrava and Castelló d'Empúries to any activity to enjoy Roses, we will pick you up at the indicated address to transfer you to your destination with a punctual taxi service with a high level of comfort, we have a vehicle with high capacity of up to 8 seats, we also have baby seat and booster services for children.
Contact us with any questions or information about the service, we speak Spanish, Catalan, English, French and German.