Roquetas de Mar

The capital of the plastic sea

The second largest urban area of the province and a main tourist attraction, Roquetas de Mar looks like a small village surrounded by a sea of plastic shaped by the numerous greenhouses where intensive farming is practiced. The products that are produces in this small town are sold to many countries in Europe.

Plan your stay in Roquetas de Mar

Roquetas de Mar is one of the main tourist destinations on the coast of Almería. However, apart from enjoying the beach and the sun, things to do in Roquetas de Mar involve some other beautiful main sights, such as the Santa Ana Castle, the Church-Parish and the Lighthouse. Your visit should not take more than one day since it is a small place. However, if you are planning to spend a significant amount of time at the beach, your stay could take you longer and you might want to consider visiting the surrounding AlmeríaTabernas, or the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park.

Do you want to visit this place?

We recommend beginning your sightseeing in the strategic fortress of Roquetas de Mar: Santa Ana Castle, also known as Las Roquetas Castle. This area used to house an old tower from the Nasrid period built by King Yusuf I in the early 14th century. However, instead of the tower, it was fostered by the city’s government to fortify the area in order to guard the salt’s loading and production two centuries later. Earthquakes, the siege of Turkey ships, and the Crown’s limited economic capacity to afford the construction made it impossible to keep building until the 17th century. It was during the Sucession War of 1714 that the fortress would acquire a better appearance thanks to its strategic position to defend the area from the British and Dutch ships trying to disembark there.

Another symbolic sight is the Roquetas Lighthouse, which, beginning a couple of years ago, houses temporary exhibitions. Although it was open in 1863, it stopped working in 1943 since its tower is not very high and the quay of the port was extended. However, the lighthouse is still there, although off, because its light could not be distinguished from the light of the village.

Santa Ana Castle

The patron saint of the locality, the Virgin of Rosario, is located in the Church-Parish from 1757. The temple was built using a Baroque style typical of Castilians and it has a beautiful Mudejar coffered ceiling inside.

The city has had a Bull Ring since 2002, with a capacity of 7800 spectators, where a fair is held every July. Apart from the ring, there is also a bull-fighting museum that we recommend.

If you go to the touristic center of the village, you will see the new Virgen de los Vientos Chapel, which has a modern and original design –it allows the celebration of religious ceremonies outdoors, apart from other cultural activities.

The municipality has more than 16 km of coast, 3 of which belong to the Punta Entinas Sabinal Natural Park, where the lushest posidonia meadow is located. We also highlight the sandy areas of Aguadulce, the Ventilla, the Romarilla and the Bajadilla.

Must-see...

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Roquetas Lighthouse
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Roquetas de Mar port

Practical data

Coordinates

36° 46′ 53″ N, 2° 36′ 53″ W

Distances

Almería 23 km, Sevilla 425 km, Madrid 563 km

Altitude

10 m

Inhabitants

90 358 (2012)


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