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Roquetas de Mar is a small angling village just about 20 minutes from Almeria, the head city of the province that shares the name. Though it was once just a traditional fishing town, in 1967 is officially designated a National Tourist Amenity.
This ancient coastal town has roots dating back to Roman times, though it now is features many modern facilities, is Just enough of its old town charm (including its labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets) to make it an absolute visual feast for those visiting.
The village is not only known for its abundance of fishing traditions, which have survived through the ages and are now seen mostly through the villages gastronomy and yearly events, but is also famous for its reputation as a resort town. All of which makes it the perfect destination for young families, retirees, lovers or even just solo adventurers looking for good.
The township of Roquetas de Mar is the home to the world renowned Aguadulce resort, one of premiere tourist resorts established in Spain during the 1960s. The hotel has even been described as a Centre of National Interest to Tourism. The region is also home to a few significant nature reserves and natural parks. The entire area is designated as a national park, allowing for its rustic charm thoroughly enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. A few kilometers south of Roquetas de Mar, tourists can enjoy the Las Marinas salt marsh, which is a natural area and safe haven for flamingos. And if birds are your thing, further so there is Punto Sabinas, which is of birdwatchers paradise.
The village offers tourists of all sorts, be it families, couples or even just lone wanderers the chances to take in plenty of sights such as the Our Lady of the Rosary Church from the 18th century (known locally as Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario), as well as the Santa Ana Castle from the16th century, Roman artifacts, and the famous Santa Ana lighthouse. Many other examples of local historical architecture and remains can be found in this region. All of this means that if archaeology is of an interest to you, Rotuetas de Mar is the perfect place for you to spend some of your much deserved vacation time. The village is home to many artifacts which origins were well before the first Roman ruler in Spain, and includes the Torrequebrada archaeological site that has uncovered numerous artifacts from the Phoenicians.
If you time your trip right, you can take full advantage of some of Roquetas del Mar's local annual festivals. One of the most popular runs from Aug. 23 to Sept. 1 and is a local fair honoring Our Lady of the Sea. This figure includes dances, performances, competition, as well as the traditional Flamenco Festival in the Plaza Viej.
So, if you are looking for a beautifully scenic area, with lots of culture, heritage and nature to enjoy, you truly have to look no further than Roquetas de Mar. With its near-perfect Mediterranean climate, you can expect the sub-tropical environment to rarely ever drop below 18ºC, making it the perfect warm weather destination all year round. Even in the winter time, the weather still reaches 40ºC. So, why not plan your escape?
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