Roses is a beautiful Mediterranean town in a unique natural environment on the north corner of the Costa Brava in Spain, characterized by its varied landscape and a background of snow-covered Pyrenees. It is a splendid resort with beautiful beaches, bays and nature. The town was a fishing village with an important fishing fleet until the fifties, but in the following years it experienced a tourism boom.
This port town is popular for its location – the town and the beach are oriented towards the West, allowing visitors to enjoy red sunsets every evening.
The discotheques, clubs, bars and pubs offer a lively nightlife, and for people looking for peace and relaxation the nearby small bays and coves are perfect.
A Little Bit of History
The beach and the port of Roses, Costa Brava, Spain
It is believed that Roses is more than 3 millennia old and that it was founded by Greek settlers in eighth century BC. Some claim that the town was founded in the fifth century BC by the Greeks who came from Massalia (Marseilles).
However, an ancient document found in this area dating back to 944 AD mentions the existence of the Santa Maria de Roses monastery, and archaeologists believe that the ancient settlement developed around it.
Later, the Romans settled here, and the Moors followed. The town gained much in the way of Moorish culture and heritage, but their reign was brought to an end with the reunification of this port town with Spain.
For a brief period in the 1600s it was under French occupation. Charles V built a citadel in the sixteenth century whose walled ruins still remain in good shape today.
Although the city suffered from French invasions, a nineteenth century plague and the Spanish Civil War, it thrived and the population grew as it became a popular tourist destination.
The view of Roses, Costa Brava
Numerous fiestas are organized here and some of them are: Jazz Festivals, classical music and folklore events.
Where is Roses?
- 13.4 miles/ 21.7 km from Figueres, Spain
- 36.5 miles/ 58.8 km from Girona, Spain
- 96.3 miles/ 155 km from Barcelona, Spain
- 41.8 miles/ 67.4 km from Girona-Costa Brava Airport, Spain
- 103.7 miles/ 167 km from Barcelona Airport, Spain
Things to See
- Trinity Castle
- The Citadel
- Ruins of Empuries
- The Promenade
- Aqua Brava Water Park
- Platja Palangres
- Canyelles Petites
- La Punta
- Nova, Rastrell and Salatar
- Aiguamolls de I’Emporda Natural Park
The culturally active modern town of Roses features a well noted tourist and seafaring tradition.
It basks in a warm sunshine for several months, as the summer is long, and its vibrant nightlife and quiet beaches offer a range of experiences.
We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!