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The Blossoming Costa Brava

Sweeping around a sandy bay backed by mountains, the fishing port of Roses has become one of the most popular Costa Brava resorts. This was partly due to El Bulli, one of the world’s best restaurants, which once graced a neighbouring village.

Although that restaurant serves no more, the town still has plenty of eateries and bars offering some of the area’s top nightlife. Some are by the long promenade whose palm trees are beautifully silhouetted at sunset. Around the Bay of Roses the headland becomes more rugged and the beaches more cove-like. In the opposite direction is large Roses marina, although the one in next door Empuriabrava is huge.

Watersports are very popular here and include diving and windsurfing. The Aqua Brava waterpark has a host of slides, rapids and a wave pool, and other entertainment includes karting and minigolf.

Above the southern end of town, overlooking the lighthouse, sit the star-shaped ruins of 16th-century Castell de la Trinitat. On the other side of Roses is the Ciutadella, a much larger site containing Greek and Roman remains and partly surrounded by medieval walls. Even older are the Creu d’en Corbertella megalithic structures, one of which is the largest in Catalonia.

The Roses accommodation on Booking.com includes boutique hotels with pools, beachfront apartments and luxury villas.