Costa Brava – Cruise Ports

  • Trinity Castle

    16th century. Cultural Asset of National Interest

    Would you like the see the impressive sights over one of the most beautiful bays in the world? Visit Trinity Castle which crowns the Poncella point above the lighthouse of Roses. The military construction, which dates from 1544, was erected under the reign of Emperor Charles I, as an essential complement to the Citadel. It has the shape of a five-pointed star, with pronounced angular corners for defence against enemy projectiles. It is built on a grand scale with two-metre thick walls. It had three terraces for batteries of cannons, howitzers and mortars, set at different heights, to defend the port and the coast, It had a garrison of up to two hundred men. The building remains an extraordinary example of coastal artillery fortress.

    If you want to know the singular history of this castle, just ask for further information of the several guided tours and family activities suggested.

  • Megalithic

    3,000 – 2,700BC. Cultural Asset of National Interest

    We invite you to travel back in time. The remains of the earliest known inhabitants of Roses lie on the road to Montjoi, within the Parc Natural del Cap de Creus. It is an impressive megalithic complex consisting of several dolmens, menhirs, cists and inscultures. Creu d’en Cobertella is the largest dolmen, built with seven huge blocks placed vertically and a slab weighing over eighteen tones, and one of the largest prehistoric monuments in Catalonia. All the monuments can be visited along an easy itinerary which is fully signposted.

    Discover all its secrets with our guided tours.

  • The Citadel

    4th century BC – 19th century. Cultural Asset of National Interest

    The walk around the site of La Ciutadella is essential for anyone visiting Roses. Declared a historical and artistic centre in 1961, the citadel contains vestiges of various occupations of the last thirteen centuries. The military fortification, with its monumental Sea Gate, is a Renaissance-style enclosure of 131,480 m² built in 1543.

    The important archaeological site which lies within the fortification consists of :

    1.- The remains of the Hellenistic district within the Greek settlement  of Rhode, which enjoyed its period of greatest prosperity in the 4th and 3rd  century BC
    2.- The Roman villa, dating back to 2nd century BC and 6th century AD
    3.- The paleochristian necropolis
    4.- Several Visigothic buildings
    5.- The Lombard Romanesque monastery of Santa Maria, dating back to the 11th century and the remains of the fortified medieval town
    6.- The remains of several military buildings dating back to 16th century
    7.- The Museum which provides an insight into the history and heritage of Roses, from prehistory to modern times
    8.- The Exhibition Hall.

    A guided tour of the Citadel is a history master class concentrated in a unique area of seventeen hectares where you can enjoy a complete itinerary, totally signposted including a lot of information. Family cultural activities available.

  • Wine Culture

    13th – 18th centuries.

    The Mediterranean character of Roses is also obvious in the local products, such as wine. Declared a Cultural Asset of Local Interest, Mas d’en Coll, is a fortified  farmhouse, which appears documented in the 12th century, dedicated to growing vineyards. At present, it is owned by Celler Espelt and it holds the Centre Enòlogic i Lúdic  Oenological and Leisure Centre where the history and process of wine production is disclosed in an interactive way. It also offers the possibility of tasting their own wine as well as other local produce.

  • Historic Centre

    12th – 20th century.

    Stroll along the narrow, uneven, streets in the centre round the church. They all run parallel to the sea and are full of restaurants and small shops where you can enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere. If you decide to visit Santa Maria Church , you will discover the ancient temple built in 1796 whose apse, transept and dome are still preserved, The rest of the nave, the side chapels and the façade are neo-classical works from 1853 by the architect Martí Sureda I Deulovol.  In the Plaça de Catalunya you will find examples of Modernist architecture, like the Casa Mallol, which is the present Town Hall.

    Between  Trinitat and Escorxadors streets you will find Plaça de la Pau, which is dedicated to the historical memory of the Spanish Civil War. The remodelling of the area, which consists of a sculpture by artist Ció Abellí, was inaugurated in 2006. The sculpture reflects on the irrationality of war and the value of life. In the square there is a bomb shelter built between 1937-1938. It follows the general rules and technical guidelines drafted by the Board of Passive Defence of Catalonia from the period of the republican government.

  • Coastal path from Roses to Cap de Creus Natural Park

    The “camins de ronda” (literally, “patrol roads”) owe their name to the traditional patrols bordering the coastline to watch out for smuggling and coastal maritime traffic.

    The route follows a section of this seaside path from the Roses lighthouse, which was built during the reign of Isabel II in 1864, located 24 metres above sea level and facing southwards, to the Canyelles Grosses or Almadrava beach.

    The seaside path follows a narrow path at the water’s level between Almadrava beach and Cala Montjoi cove, bordering cliffs and sheer rock faces interspersed with pine groves and typical Mediterranean shrubs. It’s an ideal route for refreshing yourself in any of the coves and beaches along the way, taking a dip in the sea in the summertime. 5 hours (round trip)

    Visit Tourism of Roses

  • Shopping

    Go for a walk in Roses city center with its wide commercial offer. Discover the shops where you can purchase local products such as wines, olive oil, preserved foods, cookies, handmade articles, as well as perfume, clothes, shoes…. If you are in Roses on Sunday morning do not miss the well-known outdoors Sundays’market, articles, colours, offers and people will surprise you.

  • Excellent Cuisine

    The cuisine of Roses, between tradition and creativity, is based mainly on fresh fish. As a natural port, Roses has an important fishing fleet that provides the town daily with fresh fish and seafood. Both the arrival and departure of vessels is a spectacle. The traditional dish is “Suquet de Peix de Roses”, fish stew cooked with fresh fish and patatoes. You can enjoy it hroughout the year at various restaurants in town.

    The Roses cuisine has achieved international fame thanks to the brilliant creations of Ferran Adrià, chef of El Bulli restaurant, for years considered the best restaurant in the world, currently under redevelopment.

    Both the traditional and prestigious modern gastronomy are dominated by Mediterranean character of this area: fresh fish, olive oil, excellent products of the garden, honey, anchovies and excellent meat quality. These products make up a varied diet, healthy and delicious.

  • Submarinista Roses

    Bay of emotions

    Located between two natural parks and the Mediterranean Sea, Roses offers the ideal setting to enjoy nature through the practice of all kind of water sports. Kitesurfing, parasailing, kayaking, diving, rowing, sailing,… any you choose will make you discover a coast of contrasts, with cliffs, hidden coves and sandy beaches in one of the most beautiful bays in the world.