Why choose a cruise to Roses?
Roses is located between the lagoon-like Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of the Cap de Creus. If you’re interested in history, Roses boasts several fascinating landmarks, such as the Ciutadella de Roses and the Castell de Trinitat. It’s also located near to the vibrant cities of Girona and Figueres. A Roses cruise is all about beaches, beaches and more beaches, and the town is surrounded by beautiful coves.
A guide to Roses’ hotspots
We recommend taking a trip to the Ciutadella de Roses, an imposing 16th-century citadel located a short distance from the town centre. Inside the walls of this renaissance fortification you’ll discover an archaeological site that bears traces of multiple civilisations, including the remains of a Greek colony and a paleo-Christian necropolis.
Chances are on a Roses cruise that you’ll spend most of the time on the beach. The Bay of Roses, endorsed by ‘The Most Beautiful Bays in The World’ organisation, is one of the most popular. For a quieter option, visit Jóncols Creek, a beach located in the gorgeous natural settings of the Cap de Creus national park, accessible by boat or walking path.
If you’re travelling with children, why not take them to let off steam at a local water park? Aquabrava is a huge waterpark just a mile from the town centre that boasts numerous white-knuckle rides alongside a Kids Lagoon and even a Relaxation Zone where you can sunbathe.
For those looking for more off-beat attractions, we recommend taking an excursion to the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. This brick-red structure topped with egg-shaped boulders was designed by the famous surrealist painter. Inside you’ll marvel at the surrealist decor, installations and paintings.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Roses
The best time to visit Roses
Roses is surrounded by stunning beaches, so the most popular time for a visit is during the summer months of July and August. At this time the temperature averages 25°C, with highs of 29°C, so make sure you pack your sunscreen!
If you’re more interested in visiting the town’s cultural attractions, we recommend the cooler months of March and April, when the temperature averages 12-15°C, but can rise to a balmy 19°C. Roses comes alive for its annual carnival, on Ash Wednesday, when there are parades, festivities, and paella is served on the beach.
Did you know?
- Roses was first settled by the Ancient Greeks in 776 BC
- El Bulli, the world’s most famous and experimental restaurant (now a test kitchen), is located in Roses
- Costa Brava means ‘wild coast’ – the term was coined by a journalist in 1908