Spain Guide


Roses Beaches

The bay of Roses and the coastline beyond it offer an unparalleled choice of beaches from long stretches of fine sand with every tourist facility imaginable to charming unspoilt coves nestling at the foot of the cliffs. Many of the most popular beaches consistently earn the European Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety standards are high with lifeguard patrols and buoy marked bathing areas.

The protected coastline of the Cap de Creus reserve makes this a haven for scuba divers and snorkellers; there are several diving schools and clubs in the resort catering for beginners and qualified divers alike. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the reserve by taking one of the many boat excursions which run from Roses in high season.

Water sports abound here with the marina, local clubs and beach centres providing almost every water based sport imaginable you can fish, sail, windsurf, hire snorkelling and diving equipment, water ski, parasail or take the kids out on a pedalo.

In the unlikely event of you tiring of the beach life here, you could always try some seawater therapy at the Thalassa Sports centre in Carrer Jacinto Benavente. And the kids won't give you a moment's peace until you've taken them for a day out at the Aqua Brava water park on the outskirts of town.

Here's a summary of the sandy beaches and coves of Roses:

  • Cala Jòncols a beautiful unspoilt pebble beach, 12 kilometres from the town centre. The beach has its own diving centre and a beaching point for tourist boats. Ideal for divers but not for small children as the beach shelves steeply into deep water.
  • Cala Calitjas a 110 metre long beach of medium grain sand, accessed via the Cape Norfeu coastal road eight kilometres out of town. No leisure activities here but there's a buoy marked bathing area.
  • La Pelosa lying in the shelter of the Cape Norfeu peninsula, nine kilometres north of the town centre. This 90 metre beach of coarse grain sand is one of the most popular coves and has a bar / restaurant where you can sample local Mediterranean dishes.
  • Canadell a wild, secluded pebble beach just 60 metres long. You'll find it about 10 kilometres from Roses but don't expect any services except essential cleaning and coastal surveillance.
  • Cala Montjoi a 270 metre popular cove, seven kilometres from Roses next to Calitjas beach. There's a diving centre and holiday village here together with the world renowned El Bulli restaurant, awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide, and once voted "Best Restaurant in the World" by Restaurant Magazine!
  • Calis some consider this 50 metre beach to be part of Cala Montjoi as the two are separated only by some rocks jutting out to sea.
  • Cala Rostella and Cala Murtra these two coves (100 and 120 metres respectively) are highly secluded, with a backdrop of cliffs making them difficult to reach by land. The best way to reach this totally unspoilt little paradise, seven kilometres from town is by boat. Nudity is allowed at Murtra.
  • L'Almadraya a 450 metre fine sandy beach, sheltered from the north wind and therefore very popular with bathers. There's a good range of tourist facilities at this beach which you'll find five kilometres from Roses on the road from the lighthouse to Falconera Point. There are bars, restaurants and ice cream stands, sunshades, beds, pedaloes and sea kayaks for hire and beach volleyball.
  • Canyelles Petites another sheltered beach with all the tourist facilities of L'Almadraya. The beach is 370 metres of fine grain sand, three kilometres from town alongside the Canyelles residential area.
  • Platja del Bonifaci a charming 100 metre cove between L'Almadraya and Canyelles. There's a floating platform anchored offshore, mooring for boats and a bar and ice cream stand with tables and shades.
  • Platja dels Palangres just below the lighthouse, one kilometre from town. This is a 140 metre fine sandy beach, popular with local residents. It has a picnic area under the tamarisk trees and a fountain.
  • Platjas de Roses the resort's main beach divided into three sections, each separated by a stream. Nova, Rastrell and Salatar beaches stretch for 1,790 metres in total and boast a full range of sports and leisure facilities for families and water sports enthusiasts.
  • Platja de Santa Margarida a 650 metre beach running from Salatar beach to the leisure marina of the Santa Margarida residential estate which is a bustling tourist centre. Here you'll find a wide choice of bars, restaurants, leisure activities and a lively nightlife.