As its name suggests, Roses is a pretty and picturesque town situated upon the golden sands of the Catalonian coast. A rich fishing industry is still rife in this quaint place, whose prominent cultural identity has been lost somewhat to tourism over the years. The principal allure of Roses is undoubtedly its blissful beaches, whose white sand and iridescent water attracts millions of tourist each year. Bounteous and mountainous surroundings provide endless opportunities for hiking and some of Spain’s most stunning sunsets can be enjoyed over the gulf of Roses.
A social and sandy stretch upon which visitors can revel or relax is the Platja Palangres, a blissful beach favoured by locals and visitors alike due to its soft sands and tree shaded picnic area. A short distance further resides a more secluded and secretive place known as Canyelles Petites, which boasts crystal clear water perfect for swimming or snorkelling in.
Although it has been mostly monopolised over by tourists seeking sun and solace, Roses does boast some alluring archaeological attractions; hailed as some of Catalonia’s biggest megalithic monuments, the Creu d’en Corbetalla is an incredible collection of portal graves that date back to ancient times. A contemplative wander around these impressive headstones is a satisfying cultural experience.
Housed in a truly traditional terracotta house, Pasko’s Bar and Grill provides a tantalising taste of traditional Catalonian cuisine. Sit upon the picturesque balcony to enjoy panoramic ocean vistas, and feast upon grilled fish freshly caught from the salty sea. An authentic and appealing accompaniment is sangria, a fruity cocktail of orange juice and red wine. (Espana 47, Mas Fumats, Roses, Spain)