The resort town of the Roquetas de Mar offers something for everybody. It is a traditional Spanish fishing town and holiday resort.
It has a small marina surrounded by tapas bars and restaurants, specializing in fish dishes. With an outstanding newly constructed shopping centre filled with international brand stores, a new theatre featuring many local and international acts, miles of unspoilt beach and a promenade which runs for over three miles, making for a great evening stroll.
Roquetas also has a good mix of bars and restaurants covering all tastes and budgets.There is also a free mini-train available to explore this resort.
There are excellent facilities for water sports enthusiasts, aquatic sports such as water-skiing, jet-skiing, swimming, fishing, diving, boating and yachting.
For the golfer, Play Serena golf course is situated right by the beach and natural park area. Playa Serena was founded in 1979 and designed by Angel Gallardo and Peter Alliss. The course has a flat character as it is located straight at the beach approximately 5 kilometres west of Roquetas de Mar.
From the 23rd August to the 1st September Almeria celebrates its fiesta in honour of Our Lady of the Sea, with open air dances, sports competitions, the traditional Flamenco Festival in the Plaza Vieja, fun guaranteed into the early hours of the morning.
The old coastal town, dating from Roman times is a maze of narrow Moorish streets, though now surrounded by hotels and shops. However, signs of its history still exist, for example in the remaining tower of Castilla de Santa Ana and in other 16th to 18th century fortifications along the Roquetas coastline.
The restored church of la Virgin del Rosario, built in 1789, is home to an outstanding altarpiece, painted in 1957 by Jesus Perceval, depicting the life of the Virgin Mary.
Open air street market Thursday in the Roquetas old town
The municipality of Roquetas de Mar covers a stretch of coast in the south-eastern part of the province, including, among others, the towns of Aguadulce, El Parador, Las Marinas, Urbanización, and Las Salinas.
The historic centre contains several monuments, such as the church or Nuestra Señora del Rosario, from the 17th century, the castle of Roquetas, and the Arab watchtower of Cerrillos.