Roquetas de Mar Holidays
The fishing village of Roquetas de Mar is 15 minutes’ drive from Almeria and is famous for its old traditions, annual festivals and food. Whilst on your Roquetas de Mar holidays, you can drop into the Aguadulce resort, one of the first to be established in Spain in the 1960s and now an official Centre of National Touristic Interest. Several important national parks,nature reserves and historic monuments, including an 18th century church, a 16th century castle and ancient Roman remains, border the town.
July is hottest, with an average of 25°C, and average temperatures in January are 11°C. August is the best month for swimming as water temperatures average 24°C.
Almeria Airport – The main airport for the Roquetas de Mar.ports in Spain with excellent facilities.
Book a cheap holiday to Roquetas de Mar with Airtours and explore a traditional Spanish fishing village with easy access to excellent sandy beaches, buzzing entertainments and historic ruins.
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Beach holidays in Roquetas de Mar don’t just have to be about lounging on the sand. If you’re more of an active type, you’ll love the brilliant cycling and walking trails, whilst the open air concerts and fiestas of the area will give you a taste of the local culture. Couples, families and groups are all catered for on a holiday to Roquetas de Mar, so check out our great range of breaks to get yourself a good deal.
Both bird watchers and walkers will enjoy Parque Las Salinas and Puntas Entinas Sabinar Natural Park during their beach holidays in Roquetas de Mar. In the Las Salinas area in particular, a short route called the Puerta Verde de Roquetas de Mar is great for cycling and walking on the traffic-free Canada Real de la Costa, and there’s also a good sandy beach in the park. This whole area is a part of the route that stretches between Puntas Entinas Sabinar and Aguadulce for 15km. For those who are used to walking longer distances, there’s a 30km trek that runs alongside the Costa Almeria coastline. If you’re an outdoorsy type who enjoys walking, jogging and climbing, you’ll love this region because of its many natural parks. The climate away from the coastline is cooler, especially in spring and autumn, when all the rocks and trees in the parks will give you shade from the heat of the sun.
The white villages that lie a few miles back from the coastline will give you an opportunity to explore traditional Spain, largely untouched and unchanged for centuries in some cases. Fiestas and carnivals are a big part of Spanish life and should be experienced at least once on your break to get a real taste of Spain. Various patron saints are honoured throughout the year in festivals and celebrations that usually involve colourful parades ending up in the local church. The biggest festivals in Roquetas are the Fiesta De Santa Ana and La Virgen Del Carmen festival, which take place every July with singing, dancing and firework displays.
The Town Council of Roquetas organises a series of open air concerts that showcase everything from jazz, pop and flamenco to classical music. There are also lots of shows specially aimed at children and these are great for families. There’s no entrance fee for any of these events, and the town’s Teatro Auditorio also stages some free concerts. However, when international stars like Jose Carreras and Montserrat Caballe turn up, as they often do, there’s usually a charge.
History buffs – Santa Ana Castle was built in the 16th century and beside it stands the port’s old lighthouse. The town’s Old Quarter is a lively cultural centre with regular exhibitions.
Water sports – Playa Urbanizacion is one of the most popular beaches in the region and activities include jet skiing, pedalos and windsurfing.
Food – Roquetas de Mar is famous for the number and variety of its Tapas bars. They’re found along the seafront promenade and in the west end of town. Shrimp based Gambasalas Plancha is the local delicacy.
Language: Spanish, but many people here also speak English.
Currency: The Euro.
Local time: One hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Almeria Airport.
Flight time from the UK: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes from London.
Temperature: A high of 25°C in July, dropping to 11°C in January.
Best time to visit: For visitors attracted by the heat, July is the best time to take advantage of special deals. Things are cooler in September which is good if you’re looking for a more comfortable experience and a look around the attractions. .
By train: A mini train service is handy for whisking you around the area and down to the local beach.
By foot: The beach and promenade are within easy walking distance of the town centre and the hotels.
By hire car: This resort is situated bang in the middle of Costa de Almeria and is a good base for day trips to other attractions in the area such as the Sierra Nevada. There are car hire companies at the airport and in town.
Street festivals: Almeria’s Our Lady of the Sea festival is staged in midsummer and includes a range of outdoor performances, competitions and street flamenco.
For music lovers: International jazz, classical and flamenco concerts are held regularly at the town’s Teatro Auditorio, with live music and cabaret acts in many of the hotels.
For shopaholics: The air conditioned Grand Plaza has a colourful mix of domestic brands along with labels such as Zara and Mango. The Avenida de la Union Europa is better for al fresco shopping, with a huge market on the first three Thursdays of each month.