Catalonian coastal oasis

For the keen sailors out there, Roses holidays are ideal for taking to the ocean’s waves, but you don’t have to own a boat to enjoy this coastal town in Costa Brava – just hiring a vessel will give you access to the wonderful 6-kilometre-long shoreline. It’s peppered with picturesque pebbled coves, temptingly clear turquoise waters and enough child-friendly activities to while away the hours, and then there’s the sheltered sandy beach of L’Almadrava – if you’d rather lounge by the waves than bob along on them, then this is the place to pitch your towel.

Back on dry land, impressive archaeological ruins give you a glimpse into this town’s colourful history, while wonderfully wild hiking routes keep nature lovers in high spirits. With its stroll-worthy marina, chic seafront hotels, delightful outdoors dining options and proximity to Cadaques (Salvador Dalí’s stamping ground), holidays to Roses attract a highbrow crowd that’s into sun, sea and surrealist art.

Your Roses questions, answered

Seafood reigns here. Generous servings of ‘gambas’ (prawns), oil-drizzled tomato bread and lashings of Catalonian wine bring foodies to Roses’ stylish yet understated restaurants.
Sun-bleached buildings adorn this forested stretch of mountain, which slopes towards an invitingly clear azure sea. The craggy clifftops add drama to tranquil walks, hikes and drives.
Fill up your suitcase with the standard beach essentials – swimwear, sunglasses and sun lotion, plus swimming shoes and trainers will be handy for those nature-filled excursions.

Best things to do in Roses

Go beyond the bay

You could spend your whole trip on the beach, but don’t miss the atmospheric ruins of La Ciutadella de Roses. This once-proud fortress is just one of many historical points of interest in the area.

Try the local wine

Pick one of the sun-warmed vineyards in the area and enjoy a tasting session to find your favourite local wine to enjoy while on holiday or to take home with you.

Learn about Dalí

Art buffs can visit Salvador Dalí’s house in the fishing town of Cadaques, then continue their learning with a tour at Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. Both are a short, scenic drive from Roses.