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.
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 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.