Holidays in this gorgeous area of Costa Tropical in Andalucia should definitely be on your bucket list if you enjoy a touch of Spain already favoured by the locals. Located on Spain's south-eastern flank, just about 40 klm from Almeria, Roquetas de Mar is not quite the average Spanish tourist resort, although the clever visitor is slowing beginning to discover its charms.
A holiday in Roquetas de Mar centres around the string of wonderful beaches, fronted by a 13 klm stretch of palm-fringed promenade, lined with an array of atmospheric cafe bars and bustling restaurants. Choose a beach to suit your style as the breezy beach at Playa de las Salinas is great for windsurfing, the sand dunes at Punta Sabinal are worth a trip, and the Playa de Cerrillos is a naturist haven.
Roquetas de Mar is essentially a local fishing town and is renowned for the fishing village traditions that still exist. A natural extension is the local gastronomy which obviously emphasises the richness of the ocean. Fresh fish and shellfish are plentiful and delicious. A holiday in Roquetas de Mar is also heaven sent for lovers of tapas. There are great tapas bars everywhere!
Some options for sightseeing around Roquetas de Mar include hiking and nature trails in Punta Estinas Sabinar Natural Park or a trip to Almeria. The Moorish fort of Alcazaba in Almeria has ruins and dungeons to explore, and the Cathedral with its Gothic ceiling is simply lovely. You can even swing a few clubs at the 18 hole Playa Serena Golf Club (one of the flattest in the country). Sightseeing in Roqetas de Mar itself offers plenty of appeal as the 18th century Church (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario) and 16th century Santa Ana Castle and Roman ruins provide superb examples of local architecture and historical interest.
Holidays in Roquetas de Mar offer the best of both worlds. There are lots of amenities for the tourist, yet the resort is not over-commercialised. The local "essence" is still evident, so Roquetas de Mar will appeal to a wide audience of seasoned travellers who love Spain and enjoy the local flavour and colour that remains.
Did You Know...?
Roquetas de Mar is known for its fishing traditions
The old coastal town dates back to Roman times
Roquetas del Mar enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate all-year round
Roquetas de Mar Airport Transfers & Weather
Airport: Almería Airport (LEI)
You can get a shared shuttle from Almería Airport to your accommodation. This a coach transfer with multiple stops en route to your accommodation. It's the cheapest but slowest option.
You also can get a speedy shuttle from Almería Airport to your accommodation. This also a coach transfer but with a maximum of 4-5 stops en route to your accommodation. It costs slightly more than the shared shuttle, but is faster.
The fastest and most direct option, though slightly more expensive, is a private transfer. This is a private vehicle just for you and the people travelling with you. There are no stops and no waiting at the airport.