Roquetas de Mar Travel Guide
Shopping Shopping in Roquetas is aimed at tourists, with the usual souvenir options like postcards, t-shirts, and beachwear. There are a few markets worth visiting, particularly the Thursday open-air market.
Restaurants Costa de Almeria is known for its fresh produce and seafood, and the port of Roquetas de Mar receives its fresh catch every morning. You'll find many great seafood restaurants and tapas bars on the promenade. There are a variety of international restaurants to suit tourists' tastes, but a great way to sample local cuisine is at one of the many tapas restaurants. British and American staples are easily found and the selection of restaurants should be more than sufficient for all tastes.
Nightlife There isn't much of a nightclub culture in Roquetas de Mar, but the hotels offer a variety of entertainment for a low-key night out, including live music and shows. The Teatro Auditorio hosts classical music and dance performances. A few hotels have their own discotheques, including the dancing rooms at the Sabinal and Zoraida hotels. The Bull Ring also offers live entertainment. M25 is a popular British themed sports pub for tourists.
Activities Aside from the lovely beaches in Roquetas, there are interesting architectural and historical sites to visit, including the Our Lady of the Rosary Church and the Santa Ana Castle, as well as Roman ruins at the Torrequebrada archeological site. There are many scenic spots in the nearby reserves, including Punta de Entinas Sabinar Natural Park and Cabo de Gata Natural Park. Roquetas de Mar is also conveniently close to Almeria, which is worth a daytrip when holidaymakers get tired of the sun, sea and sand. Roquetas hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Three Wise Men Parade in January, the Night of San Juan in June, and the Moragas in December.
Negatives Jellyfish tend to visit the shores of Roquetas de Mar which can make swimming and water activities difficult; the town has tried to put buoys and netting up to stop the jellyfish but tourists should still take precautions. Entertainment and nightlife is very low key.