Where to stay in Roses

Où dormir à Roses ?

Visit the Costa Brava and Roses: dream climate, year-round activities! But where to stay in Roses?

Located in the south of a small peninsula stretching north from Catalonia in Spain, Roses – or Rosas in Castilian – is a summer resort and Catalonia’s most important fishing port. With 20,542 inhabitants, its population swells to 90,000 at the height of the summer season.

It’s the second-largest town in theAlt Empordà comarca, and one of the few towns in the province of Girona not to suffer the imprecations of the 2011 economic crisis, thanks to its large stock of real estate and hotel infrastructure. Despite this, accommodation in Roses can be complicated and expensive, given the influx of tourists the town generates.

Coves, idyllic beaches, ancient remains, year-round sunshine and water sports or hiking… Roses has something for everyone. Here’s our selection of places to stay in Roses.

Downtown

Centre, loger à Roses

Photo credit: Flickr – Hans Porochelt

For accommodation in Roses, hotels stretch from west to east along the Bay of Roses. However, the city center is likely to be saturated in summer. You might as well fall back on home-stay solutions: mainly with Airbnb. This small Catalan seaside resort offers – in addition to its magnificent landscape – almost 3,000 years of history to enhance your cultural vacation.

The Citadelle de Roses is Rosas’ best-known and most-visited monument. It’s a pentagonal, star-shaped military fortress inside which archaeological remains from the Greek, Roman and Visigoth eras have been found.

Its direct proximity to the French border – 30 kilometers away – attracts many visitors from France and the rest of Europe, not least thanks to temperatures exceeding 30°C in summer. The beach in the town center is attractive, with its golden sand and shallow, crystal-clear waters.

As a result, it’s an ideal place to stay in Roses for families and water sports enthusiasts.

The port of Roses

Port, loger à Roses

Photo credit: Flickr – Jean

The second-largest fishing port in the Alt Empordà, at the eastern end of the beach, a stroll along the coast will take you to the marina, with its superb views of the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you’ll see the Castillo de la Trinitat (Trinity Castle), two 18th-century naval artillery cannons and a Roman anchor.

Moving away from the coast, don’t miss the megalithic complex at Roses, with its Creu d’en Cobertella dolmen and remains dating from the Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic periods.Continuing east towards Cadaqués, explore Pointe de Murtra and Cap Morfeu, Punta Falconera, Cala Rostella beach, Pointe de la Ferrera, all the way to Cap Norfeu.

A magnificent, craggy landscape of paradisiacal beaches and charming coves where to stay in Roses if you love swimming, snorkeling and hiking.

South of Roses

Sud, loger à Roses

Photo credit: Flickr – StephenRMelling

Don’t miss the Parc Natural des Aiguamolls – Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l’Empordà – to the south of Roses. An ideal place if you’re looking for peace and quiet and a green setting in which to spend the night in Roses, away from the hordes of tourists arriving in the town center. It’s a paradise for the eyes, with a myriad of little-used coves and islets.

With a surface area of 4,731 hectares, this protected wetland is made up of lagoons, reedbeds, meadows, marshes, ponds and a beach where the Muga and Fluvià rivers converge, on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a wide variety of migratory birds.

Main photo credit: Flickr – Hans Porochelt