Roquetas de Mar Holidays
If you’re looking for a quiet slice of Spanish paradise where the beach is the star of the show, then book your holidays to Roquetas de Mar. Popular with families and couples who want some laid-back leisure time together, this resort is the place to go if you want to enjoy the simple things in life. The beach is enormous, stretching a good 1,300 metres long and 80 metres wide, so there’s space for everyone!
By the time the sun sets the promenade starts to come to life, with families out for a stroll, and couples checking out the rows of tents lit by fairy lights and selling trinkets, jewellery and arts and crafts. Don’t panic if you’re travelling with children because they won’t have time to get bored. There are water parks and aquariums just a bus-ride away and the low-key nightlife won’t keep little ones up past their bedtime.
Roquetas de Mar is best for…
Families: The beach is the ideal place to take the family. With gently-shelving shores, regular lifeguard patrols and a nightly clean-up, it’s safe and spotless. If your toddlers get tired from a day splashing in the sea, the mini-train will take you back to your hotel.
Sun worshippers: Temperatures during the summer months climb from the mid-twenties and into the low thirties: perfect tanning conditions!
Adrenaline-Junkies: With some wet and wild waterparks in the area and a good range of water sports on offer at the seafront, you can make your holidays to Roquetas de Mar as low-key or as upbeat as you want them to be!
Roquetas de Mar Fast facts
Language: While the primary language spoken is Spanish, the locals do have a good grasp of English. They do appreciate any efforts to speak the language, though, so pack a phrasebook or download our handy language app.
Currency: You’ll need to change up your pounds and pence into Euros before you jet off on your holidays here.
Local time: Roquetas de Mar is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Almeria Airport. Transfers to Roquetas de Mar take 1–1.5 hours.
Flight time from UK: The Roquetas de Mar flight time is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at http://www.spain.info/en/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.
Roquetas de Mar Weather and climate
Temperature: July and August are best for the sunshine, with temperatures hovering around the mid-twenties and peaking in the thirties.
Best time to go: If you want to explore the area in cooler conditions, book your holidays to Roquetas de Mar in September.
The resort enjoys warm summers and mild winters. If you want to avoid the crowds and the possibility of rain, book your break between March and May, when the Mercury settles in the low to mid-twenties (°C).
By car: The resort is located in the heart of Costa de Almeria, ideally situated for day trips to the surrounding attractions. If you’re interested in exploring then the easiest way is by car. There’s a good choice of car hire companies in the region and at the airports.
On foot: Roquetas de Mar is easy to navigate on foot, with the buzzing promenade and beach an easy distance from the town and hotels.
By mini train: Don’t worry if the little ones get tired at the end of the day, as a mini train operates in the resort to whisk you to and from the beach whenever you like.
Holy week: Book your holidays to Roquetas de Mar in March and you could be lucky enough to catch the Semana Santa celebrations. Marking the last days of Christ, it might sound a bit sombre, but the resort transforms into a huge party! Expect medieval costumes, flamboyant floats, torchlit processions, and plenty of live music and dancing.
Street festival: August sees the Our Lady of the Sea festival hit the streets. A traditional Spanish party, you’ll see sporting activities, hear live music, watch glittering parades and experience some of the best flamenco dancing in Spain. And there’s Sangria, lots and lots of Sangria!
Things to do around Roquetas de Mar
Whether you’re holidaying with the family, your partner or with friends, there’s always something to do in Roquetas de Mar. Beyond the temptations of the beach, you’ll find some excellent shops along the seafront during the day, and pop-up stalls aplenty by night. Foodies will enjoy the range of traditional Spanish food, from tempting tapas to fresh fish and local meats. If you’ve got kids, spend a day visiting the local aquarium or heading out to the Caba de Gato national park, which has acres of lush countryside rife with rare birds and fascinating wildlife.
Beaches: Roquetas de Mar’s beaches are perfect for family holidays, with smooth stretches of fine, powdery sand melting into sapphire seas. Many have achieved Blue Flag status, in recognition of their quality, cleanliness and upkeep. Favourite activities on the beach include hiring water skis, planning a leisurely day’s sail off the coast or, if you like, just relaxing under a beach umbrella.
Family Attractions: With so much to see and do, your little ones won’t have time to be bored on your Roquetas de Mar holidays. If they need a chance to cool down and burn off some energy at the same time, a trip to the Mario Water Park might be in order. Packed with rides and slides, a lazy river, a wave pool and even a dedicated pool for little ones, your children can enjoy some thrills and spills while you relax on a sun lounger.
Eating and Drinking: Although it’s kept much of its original charm, Roquetas de Mar attracts an international crowd and you can find something familiar to eat, no matter where you’ve flown in from. However, don’t pass up the chance to sample some of the traditional Spanish cuisine. For delicious tapas and just-caught fresh fish, head to the restaurants along the seafront. Those with kids or pickier palates in their party will find some crowd-pleasing favourites in the pizzerias. If you enjoy a glass of wine, you’ll find that some of the local bodegas offer wine tours, allowing you to taste some wonderful local wines.