Roses

Saturday 20th May 2017

We’ve been exploring the area around Roses, staying at Camping Salata just behind Platja de Salata on the southern end of Roses.

We took our bikes and explored Santa Margarida, an area of interlinking canals with houses backing on to them providing private moorings for the house owners.  The canals join to the main river that leads out to sea and the Bay of Roses.  Santa Margarida is a bit like Port Grimaud in the South of France.

It’s easy to cycle from the campsite along the wide promenade into Roses, although you do need to be sensible as there is no dedicated cycle path and the promenade is also used by pedestrians.  We cycled into Roses and past the harbour following the coast, passing the lighthouse until we reached the beautiful beach of Canyelles Petites, stopping for a coffee on the beach café before deciding to take the coastal path back to the lighthouse instead of using the road.

Not the best idea to have as the path is really for pedestrians and there are rather a lot of steps to negotiate which involved rather a lot of bike carrying up steps!

We spent hot days on the beach at Canyelles Petites and L’Almadrava where the water was pretty cold but on the beach at Salata with the wind blowing and the waves rolling in, the sea temperature was a pleasure!

We drove up the dirt road to Punta Falconera, part of the Roses Parc Natural, and were not surprised to see that a motorhome had made it up there too!

The dirt road continues around the coast as far as Cala Montjoi and the coastal path continues all the way to Cadaqués.  There are lots of activities to do around the Parc and there is a land train, Express Cap de Creus, that offers various trips around the park and Roses and as far as Cap de Creus, the most easterly point of the Spanish coastline.

We drove over the mountains to the whitewashed village of Cadaqués with it’s narrow hilly streets, rocky bay and where Salvador Dali spent holidays there.  The Casa Museu Dali is located in Portlligat a 20 minute walk from Cadaqués.  At the top of the town sits the church of Santa Maria with its beautiful alter, lit up each time a visitor inserted €1 into the donation box.

We really like Roses and the surrounding area, there is so much more to explore so I know that we will be back again.  Shame it won’t be in July when Tom Jones is doing a concert in the grounds of the Roses Cuitadella!

We have been staying at Camping Salata, really good site, close to the beach of Salata, clean facilities, loads of hot water, swimming pool with a refreshment hut supermarket and Pizzeria on site.  The ACSI pitches are rather small but for an extra €2.5 per night you can have a larger pitch.  You do get very wet in the showers so you have to be careful where you put your dry clothes, don’t leave them on the bench!

Yesterday we left Roses and are now based at Camping Tamaris in Frontignan, we should have been heading for the Dordogne but checked out the weather and followed the sun