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Roses is one of the main resorts on Spain's popular Costa Brava in the Catalonia region of Spain. It has a Citadel with Greek, Roman and Medieval remains.
Roses sits at the head of a large bay and has the longest sandy beach on the Costa Brava coast. It has been an important site throughout history with the Greeks being amongst the first to appreciate its excellent natural harbour. It is now home to Spain's biggest fishing fleet and also has a leisure boat marina which opened in 2004.
It is now the biggest resort on the northern end of the Costa Brava and lies just 30km from the French border. It has become the resort of choice for anyone interested in water sports.
Roses Town Hall is housed in a lovely Modernist building, Mallol House, which was built in 1906 and designed by Joan Mares.
Another key attraction to Roses is the World Famous 'El Bulli' restaurant which has won the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Award 5 times in the last decade and El Bulli's chef, Ferran Adria, won the Chef of the Decade award in 2010. The restaurant has three Michelin stars.
Roses has a weekly market every Sunday.
Roses Historic Sites
Many of the historic sites of Roses have been lost but there is a castle, a ruined citadel and some parts of the ancient city walls remaining. You can take a free guided tour of the remains of the Citadel which contains remains of the early Greek and Roman settlements. There is also a small museum.
The 11th century church of Santa Maria is also in the Citadel.
A couple of kilometers away to the east is the Castell de la Trinitat which has recently been renovated. You can get some great views over the Bay of Roses and the town itself from the Citadel.
Where to visit near Roses
Whist staying in Roses make sure you make the excursion over the hills to Cadaques which is a very pretty resort frequented by Salvador Dali and Picasso in the early to mid 20th century. You can also visit Dali's seaside home at Portlligat. This is well worth the trip.
Next to Roses are two important nature reserves; the Creus Cape Peninsula and the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Emporda, an important wetland site. Both deserve a visit.
To the south of Roses is Empuriabrava, one of the biggest marinas in the world. With over 40km of canals it is an attractive town and its many waterways give it a very nautical flavour.