Roquetas de Mar
Roquetas de Mar
Roquetas de Mar is a municipality that covers a stretch of coast in the southwest of the province, including, among others, the nuclei of Aguadulce, El Parador, Las Marinas, Urbanización and Las Salinas. To its municipal area belongs part of an area of great ecological interest, the natural reserve of Punta Entinas-Sabinar, complex of dunes, beaches and lagoons of great ecological interest.
Many of its lands is devoted to intensive greenhouse agriculture, but its most important activity is the tourism, having become in the main tourist area of the province, with first class facilities such as Aguadulce, La Urbanización or Roquetas itself, thanks to the careful and clean beaches, and appropriate services and facilities.
Roquetas de Mar has been a settlement of the Neolithic, Almeriense and Artélica cultures. Its coast was visited by Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, although it was not until the XVIII century when it is spoken of permanent settlements. When it started his evolution as a historical entity, it was established as almost all Muslim places for a defensive castle by the sea and a few clustered cottages around it.
The town, quoted in the literature with the name of “Las Roquetas”, belonged to the municipality of Enix. Its economy was based on subsistence agriculture and on a fishing without many catches.
The Parish Church was built in 1757. The former Roquetas was a fishing village. The field was largely dependent on the rains, rare in the area. Between Roquetas and Aguadulce was given the cultivation of grapes, in the area known as Los Parrales.
There are preserved historical remains of its past, that are worth visiting, like the Torre of Roquetas, a reminiscent of the fortification that was erected all along the maritime border in the XIV century. In this tower was put up the Castle of Las Roquetas or Santa Ana, nowadays restored as a cultural centre.
The transformation of the town is carried out, as has happened in all the region of Campo de Dalías and the West, throughout the XX century, first with the exploitations of both Salinas and later with the arrival of the intensive agriculture.
The great economic deployment of Roquetas is due to the National Institute of Colonization, which led to the transformation of this area of dry land, going to have irrigated farms. This organization, promoted the arrival of the first colonized in the mid-century, mostly from the interior and the coast of Granada.
It was the first municipality in which it was built a greenhouse, which was an innovative and productive experience, which triggered an impressive development of this farming technique that has brought fame to the province of Almería and in particular to this region.
The agriculture has been since then, the main source of wealth for the town, with a varied production. We also have to emphasize, finally, the development of tourism, a sector that has become one of the main pillars on which rests the economy of Roquetas de Mar. Its development started in 1964 in Aguadulce, when this populated area is declared Centro de Interés Turístico Nacional.
Later there are built the Urbanización de Roquetas and Playa Serena, and nowadays it is being developed the area of Las Salinas, between Aguadulce and Roquetas, and the Urbanización of Playa Serena Sur. Today, this village is the second largest in the province of Almería and has some very significant growth prospects, especially in regard to tourism.
Roquetas de Mar Monuments
Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, XVII century. Inside it contains a high altar of Jesús de Perceval and a Mudejar coffered ceiling.
Torre vigía de Cerrillos. Arab age.
Site of La Ribera de la Algaida or Turaniana.
Many Roman remains in all the area.
Fishing Port and Fish Market.
Aguadulce. Its name comes from its freshwater springs, which according to the old people from the place flowed in the same sea.
Roquetas de Mar Gastronomy
The gastronomy of Roquetas de Mar is part of the cuisine in Almería and is based on fish and horticultural products that have made the province received the name of the “garden of Europe.” In this sense, for years the Town Hall has been promoting the Jornadas Gastronómicas in order to promote tourism and agriculture sectors.
In the typical dishes emphasize the quality of their fish, specifically the marinade of fish with Arab origin, the fish stock, the stew of chards, just like the arroz aparte, unique sailor traditional dish in our province. The shellfish and fish are always present in the kitchen of Roquetas de Mar, with a past and present linked to the sea; at local festivals and patron saint’s day as the moraga and Santa Ana are the main course.
How to get there
Almería to Roquetas de Mar.
Main routes: taking the Mediterranean Motorway towards the exit El Parador-Roquetas de Mar, and continued until our destination in the urban area of Roquetas de Mar. The alternative that we recommend due to its magnificent views is the N-340 (Road of Cañarete), passing successively Aguadulce, El Parador and Roquetas de Mar.
From Granada there are several options: going along Sierra Nevada through the North by the A-92 and N-324 or through the South to the shore by the Mediterranean motorway and the N-340.
From Málaga by the coast road / highway of the Mediterranean (Motril-Adra-Almería).
From Andalucía Oriental follow the A-92 until Guadíx and from there follow the signs until Almería. Before arriving Almería, take the Mediterranean dual carriageway that in effect bypasses Málaga.
From Madrid and surroundings, take the Motorway of Andalucía (A4) until Iznalloz, where it follows the diversion to the A-92 (Guadix/Murcia/Almería), and from there follow the signs to Almería. Before arriving Almería, you have to take the Mediterranean dual carriageway that in effect bypasses Málaga.
From El Levant: Cataluña, Comunidad Valenciana, Murcia, etc. goes directly to the Mediterranean motorway until Almería.
Distances from Roquetas de Mar
Vícar 12 km
Níjar 52 km
Gádor 35 km
Illar 38 km
Almería 19 km
Banahadux 30 km
Alhama de Almería 35 km