Roquetas de Mar holidays

If you’re looking for a quiet slice of Spanish paradise where the beach is the star of the show, then book your holidays to Roquetas de Mar. Popular with families and couples who want some laid-back leisure time together, this resort is the place to go if you want to enjoy the simple things in life. The beach is enormous, stretching a good 1,300 metres long and 80 metres wide, so there’s space for everyone! By the time the sun sets the promenade starts to come to life, with families out for a stroll, and couples checking out the rows of tents lit by fairy lights and selling trinkets, jewellery and arts and crafts. Don’t panic if you’re travelling with children because they won’t have time to get bored. There are water parks and aquariums just a bus-ride away and the low-key nightlife won’t keep little ones up past their bedtime.

Things to do

Whether you’re holidaying with the family, your partner or with friends, there’s always something to do in Roquetas de Mar. Beyond the temptations of the beach, you’ll find some excellent shops along the seafront during the day, and pop-up stalls aplenty by night. Foodies will enjoy the range of traditional Spanish food, from tempting tapas to fresh fish and local meats. If you’ve got kids, spend a day visiting the local aquarium or heading out to the Caba de Gato national park, which has acres of lush countryside rife with rare birds and fascinating wildlife.

Excellent beaches

There are several Blue Flag beaches along the coast, which provide a variety of spacious settings for you to relax in. You’re bound to find something you like, as some are made from a mix of shingle and sand, whilst others are made of sand that is powdery and white. However, what they all have in common is that they’re safe, clean and shelve gently into calm, warm waves.

Swaying palm trees and lush greenery is the backdrop to most of the beaches, which all have fantastic amenities and nearby cafés. Relax on sun loungers and take in the picturesque views of the coast. If you want a more upbeat beach day, Playa de Las Salinas is close by and provides a variety of water sports, ranging from jet skiing to paragliding.

History and culture

Once a small fishing village, Roquetas de Mar can be dated back to the Roman era. Its traditions can still be seen through their annual festivals, Moorish narrow streets and whitewash houses that blanket the hillside. Visit the military castle along the coast and learn about the history of the resort in the fascinating museums.
Visit Roquetas de Mar for a laid back holiday with a mix of modern amenities and beautiful landscapes. There’s a great range of restaurants, activities and shopping opportunities like The Grand Plaza Park and the weekly street market.

The nightlife

The nightlife in Roquetas de Mar is rather low key with the majority of after dark activities found in the bars, restaurants and hotels. This said, the evening entertainment does continue late into the evening, so it’s the perfect place for a late dinner and a cocktail or two afterwards. Dine on a delicious meal and choose from a range of menus including Chinese, Indian, Italian and traditional Spanish cuisine. Enjoy the upbeat atmosphere and live music found in the bars around the resort.

Map of Roquetas de Mar

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If you want to relax under the Spanish sun, book your holidays to Roquetas de Mar between June and August. For slightly cooler temperatures and fewer tourists, aim to go between September and November.

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Flights land at Almeria Airport, which is about half an hour from the coast.

Roquetas de Mar is best for...

Families: The beach is the ideal place to take the family. With gently-shelving shores, regular lifeguard patrols and a nightly clean-up, it’s safe and spotless. If your toddlers get tired from a day splashing in the sea, the mini-train will take you back to your hotel.

Sun worshippers: Temperatures during the summer months climb from the mid-twenties and into the low thirties: perfect tanning conditions!

Adrenaline-Junkies: With some wet and wild waterparks in the area and a good range of water sports on offer at the seafront, you can make your holidays to Roquetas de Mar as low-key or as upbeat as you want them to be!

Fast facts for Roquetas de Mar

Language: While the primary language spoken is Spanish, the locals do have a good grasp of English. They do appreciate any efforts to speak the language, though, so pack a phrasebook or download our handy language app.

Currency: You’ll need to change up your pounds and pence into Euros before you jet off on your holidays here.

Local time: Roquetas de Mar is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Almeria Airport. Transfers to Roquetas de Mar take 1–1.5 hours.

Flight time from UK: The Roquetas de Mar flight time is 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at https://www.spain.info/en/

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.

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  • Getting around Roquetas de Mar

    By car: The resort is located in the heart of Costa de Almeria, ideally situated for day trips to the surrounding attractions. If you’re interested in exploring then the easiest way is by car. There’s a good choice of car hire companies in the region and at the airports.

    On foot: Roquetas de Mar is easy to navigate on foot, with the buzzing promenade and beach an easy distance from the town and hotels.

    By mini train: Don’t worry if the little ones get tired at the end of the day, as a mini train operates in the resort to whisk you to and from the beach whenever you like.

    Events in Roquetas de Mar

    Holy week: Book your holidays to Roquetas de Mar in March and you could be lucky enough to catch the Semana Santa celebrations. Marking the last days of Christ, it might sound a bit sombre, but the resort transforms into a huge party! Expect medieval costumes, flamboyant floats, torchlit processions, and plenty of live music and dancing.

    Street festival: August sees the Our Lady of the Sea festival hit the streets. A traditional Spanish party, you’ll see sporting activities, hear live music, watch glittering parades and experience some of the best flamenco dancing in Spain. And there’s Sangria, lots and lots of Sangria!

    Roquetas de Mar weather

    Temperature: July and August are best for the sunshine, with temperatures hovering around the mid-twenties and peaking in the thirties.

    Best time to go: If you want to explore the area in cooler conditions, book your holidays to Roquetas de Mar in September.

    The resort enjoys warm summers and mild winters. If you want to avoid the crowds and the possibility of rain, book your break between March and May, when the Mercury settles in the low to mid-twenties (°C).

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