Roquetas de Mar holidays 2020
Spain is an enduringly popular destination for thousands of British holidaymakers annually, lured by the promise of stunning beaches, a warm climate, great food and plenty to do and see. The problem is many resorts are subsequently a victim of their own successes, in as much as the sheer volume of tourists who descend on some hot spots put many more potential visitors off. However that’s not the case with the picture postcard town of Roquetas de Mar, which lies on the scenic Costa de Almeria coast. Despite being transformed from a laid and stripped back traditional Spanish fishing village into a popular, facility-laden holiday destination, it’s retained much of its charm and appeal; and doesn’t entertain the mass migration of holidaymakers year on year. Essentially just enough tourists know about its gorgeous sandy beaches (some 12 kilometres in total), upmarket marina, long promenade, tapas bars, auditorium, bull ring, restaurants and shops, and the fact that its old town is steeped in local history and architectural delights. Which is just the way we like it. Sprinkle in a healthy dose of the flamingo-spotting Punta Sabinar Nature Park, local aquarium, and we think most summer holiday 2020 angles are covered. But we’ll let you be the judge of that.
Roquetas de Mar at a glance
Discover the best beaches
There's a whole host of beaches in Roquetas de Mar, but Playa Urbanizacion remains a firm favourite!
Great national parks
Check out Punta Entinas Sabinar Natural Park for flamingos and views
Sample the local food
Try traditional tapas and dine like the locals do
Must-visit historical sites
Visit the Castle of Santa Ana which was first built to protect the area from pirates
Perfect for watersports
Playa de las Salinas is a great choice for watersports lovers
Fab shopping scene
Grand Plaza Mall is where you'll find all your usual high street brands, so get ready to splash some cash!
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Things to do in Roquetas de Mar
The list of things to do and see in close proximity to Roquetas de Mar really is extensive to say the least, and will appeal to all ages at the merest mention of a great many of the tourist attractions. Be it themes of fun, nature, history, culture or exploration, every base is well and truly covered in this Costa del Complete Holiday! In fact, there’s so much to tell you about we don’t quite know where to begin. So, in no particular order of preference (although some will want to check out some before others), we give you – or rather, Roquetas de Mar gives you – a host of medieval monuments which architecturally document past times. Forts and castles such as the medieval Castilla de Sana Ana and the Plaza de Toros are both fascinating places to head for during a break in the region, with the latter boasting a small museum which celebrates Spanish culture.
Or perhaps the natural world is more your bag? And if so, then just 5 kilometres south of the town is Las Marinas salt marshes; home to hundreds of rare breeds of birds including flamingos, egrets and avocets. Staying on a nature tip, the Roquetas de Mar Aquarium is a must-see place for families, which affords visitors unique insights into the life and times of the vibrant marine life which exists beneath the sea. Water plays a huge part at the children-(very) friendly Mario Park, which is a fun water theme park which comprises of numerous pools, slides and inflatables. Scuba diving and sailing opportunities are also plentiful in and around Roquetas de Mar and its outlying areas too, while horse riding and golf pull in many holidaymakers.
As we’ve already touched on, Roquetas de Mar doesn’t serve as a magnet to great swathes of holidaymakers as other destinations on the Almeria coast does, which equates to there always been more elbow room for those looking to lounge around and sunbathe on the beaches, or maybe take a dip in the warm, calm waters. Which can sometimes be quite the challenge on other, notoriously overcrowded Spanish beach resorts as is well documented. It helps that Roquetas de Mar doesn’t just have the one beach for sun worshippers to wrestle other sun worshippers over, as there’s a choice of sandy strips to find a place and burrow in for the morning or afternoon. Although brought together by a lengthy, palm tree-lined promenade, this stretch of the Blue Flag-awarded coastline still has more than enough pockets of space, even after sunbeds and umbrellas have been figured into the average family beach equation. Showers and designated play areas for children also make the beach experience a far more pleasurable and relaxing one for all concerned. Just note that there’s a dedicated nudist part of beach at Playa de Cerillos, otherwise you may have to hastily cover a few eyes to spare some blushes.
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