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The location of Roses
You can find the town in the province of Girona in Costa Brava- It shares borders with Palau-saverdera, La Selva de Mar, El Port de la Selva, Cadaqués and Castelló d’Empúries. It is an important fishing port and tourist centre.
The history of Roses
There are ongoing debates over the history of Roses to this day. It was possibly established in 5 BC by the Massalia Greek; we can still see the remains of the town today. As for the Roman relics, their origin roots back to 2 BC. After the Roman dominion collapsed, the town seemed to have been abandoned. Still, there is a fort town on the Puig Rom mountain nearby from the Visigoth period. The medieval town expanded around the Santa Maria de Roses abbey. During the first decades of the 16th century, Charles V ordered the expanded forts to be built in order to defend the town from the potential threat. They completed the defence system with Castell de la Trinitat. In the following centuries, the forts were tested frequently by the French and then Austrian troops. Roses was also struck by a devastating economic crisis in 1879. In the 20th century, in the period following World War II, tourism became significant.
The climate of Roses
Roses has a pleasant Mediterranean climate. This means dry summers and mild winters. The period between June and September is the driest. On warm days, the breeze from the direction of the Adriatic Sea provides some cool. If you want to avoid the hot period, visiting in May or October is also a good idea, as the average temperature is between 20 and 25 °C.
The main sights to see in Roses
If you love nature, we recommend the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l’Empordà-t and the Cap de Creus National Park. The first one is special, because it is the second-largest wetland providing a habitat for many species. The latter has spectacular rocky formations, wonderful bays and beautiful little islands.
Interested in history? Then you should definitely see the La Ciutadella military fort, the Castle of La Trinitat from the 16th century and the Megalithic complex. The latter has giant rocks, and they still haven’t finished its excavation completely.
The gastronomy of Roses
The cuisine of Roses is characterised both by tradition and creativity; its gastronomy is mainly based on fresh fish. Olive oil, honey, anchovy and the finest meats are also dominant in the region. The traditional dish in town, for instance, is the “Suquet de Peix de Roses”. You can find great restaurants here such as Pasko’s Balkan Grill or Martelo Bistro. Both of them offers delicious dishes, great service and fair prices.
Beaches in Roses
Platja de Roses
This is one of the most frequently visited beaches in town. It is nearly 2 kilometres long, and has a Blue Flag certificate. The boardwalk with its palm trees is a perfect spot for relaxing and a nice walk.
Platja de la Punta
This smaller, 550-metre-long beach can also be found around the centre. It has fine sand and crystal clear waters. There are many visitors during the main season. The beach has a Blue Flag certificate as well.
Platja de Santa Margarida
This cosy beach is also among the most popular ones thanks to its 650-metre-long sandy beach and clear waters. Lifeguards provide the safety of swimmers, and there is a bar, a restaurant and a playground for kids. They have great sports opportunities such as beach volleyball, paddleboat, surfing and kayaking.
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Port of Roses
There berths for around 485 vessels in the new port. 374 of them are preserved for yachts docking there permanently, while the others are for yachts passing through. The entrance is nearly 70 metres wide and there is a depth of 9 metres here, while in other places, the minimum depth is 3, 5 metres. The port has modern services and great amenities
Port of Empuriabrava
They often refer to the city as “The Venice of Spain”. One of the largest ports of the world can be found here, with 5, 000 moorings for locals and visitors. 700 of these are preserved for tourists, and can accept 26 metre-long yachts. The place offers modern facilities and equipment. For instance, if you are hungry, you can choose from 50 restaurants.
Club Nàutic Estartit
This port is located in the L’Estartit resort. It has 643 berths for yachts up to 32 metres in size. The port has a depth of 2.3 metres. There are a number of excellent services available. There is also a bar and a restaurant. Info about L’Estartit sailing, or rent a boat in L’Estartit<
Port de Blanes
The port is run by Blanes Sailing Club. It provides 309 berths for yachts up to 24 metres in size. The club has a café, a restaurant and a sailing school, too. The port combines recreational sailing with commercial fishing activities. Info about sailing in Blanes, or boat rental in Blanes
Barcelona is one of the most important port cities in the Mediterranean. The Port Vell can accommodate 148 vessels up to 190 metres long yachts. Drinking water, electricity and cable TV are available
Club Nautic Cambrils
Thanks to the reforms implemented in recent years, the club has two parts. It can accommodate up to 426 yachts between 8 metres and 25 metres in size. Moreover, there are eight premises that cover a wide range of vessel maintenance and repair services. There is a 24-hour crew service. You can also find a bar and a restaurant here, and of course, there is free Wi-Fi-access available. Info about sailing in Cambrils, or boat rental in Cambrils
If you sail around Roses, you should also visit the other exciting places in the region. Empuriabrava, L’Escala, Medes Islands, L’Estartit, Begur és Cadaqués can also be great choices. Find yacht routes in Costa Brava or choose another yacht charter in Costa Brava.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Roses. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Roses shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Roses shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
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Day 1. Roses – Cadaqués 15.32 km (9.52 mi), Day 2. Cadaqués – Empuriabrava 8.72 km (11.63 mi), Day 3. Empuriabrava – L’Escala 15.14 km (9.41 mi), Days 4-5. L’Escala – Medes Islands and L’Estartit 15.14 km (9.41 mi), Day 6. L’Estartit – Begur 14.03 km (8.72 mi), Day 7. Begur – Llafranc – Roses 47.71 km (29.65 mi).
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Day 1. Roses – Cadaqués 17.37 km (10.79 mi), Day 2. Cadaqués – El Port de la Selva 20.76 km (12.90 mi), Day 3. El Port de la Selva – Portbou 11.39 km (7.08 mi) , Day 4. Portbou – Salses-le-Château (Port Leucate) 54.58 km (33.91 mi) Day 5. Port Leucate – Narbone 36.40 km (22.62 mi), Day 6. Narbone – Lagoon La Berre (Port la Nouvelle) 15, 83km (9, 83mile), Day 7. Port la Nouvelle – Roses 102.51 km (63.69 mi).
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