Beach Escape: Roses, Spain

On my recent trip to Spain I opted to visit the beach town of Roses in Costa Brava instead of the beaches of Barcelona. Costa Brava has a much more laid back vibe compared to the city beaches of Barcelona and Roses was a great choice as it was easy to get to and close enough to Figueres (to visit the Dali museum) and Cadaques (to explore their charming narrow shopping streets and seaside restaurants).

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Roses is a vacation destination for both French and Spanish families and there are plenty of hotels, holiday rentals and guest houses to choose from. I stayed at the Mar Y Sol hotel which overlooks the beach and a cafe filled plaza. There’s also a taxi stand in front of the hotel making it easy to get around Costa Brava by car if needed, though I found taxi rides very expensive.

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The beach in front of the hotel is great for swimming and you can either bring your own towel or rent loungers for the day. The waves are small so this is also great for families with small children.

The sand is manicured every morning and there are masseuses that offer massages (15 minutes for €10).

After beach time there are lots of activities and day trips to consider.

  • Dali Museum – I went by bus to Figueres (45 minutes/€ 3.15 each way). Museum admission was €9 for adults.










  • Ferry to Cadaques – I took the 3pm ferry which gets back to Roses at 7pm and stops in Cadaques. The trip takes about 90 minutes. €22 for a round-trip ticket.



  • Rent a bike for a self-guided tour – I didn’t get to do this because of timing but the company offers several route options ranging from easy to moderately difficult on e-bikes.


Ona Beach Bar – great spot for lunch or sunset dinner. DJ starts at 11pm if you’re looking for a place with dancing.


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El Poke Corner Bar – need a break from sun and sand for lunch. This friendly spot offers seafood, tapas and burgers steps away from the beach.


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Pizza Di Roma – super friendly staff and you can customize a wood-fired pizza with their fresh array of toppings. Be sure to ask for fresh basil ; )

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