Hidden Gems on the Costa Brava, Spain

Those who opt to visit one of our sunniest parcs on the Costa Brava may find themselves wondering how exactly they should spend their time. Of course, it’s great to lounge around and enjoy the heat, but sometimes it’s just as much fun to do a bit of exploring to see what the area has to offer.

For many, the first thing they’ll want to do is simply cool off, and what better place to do that than the nearby Aqua Brava water park? However, what people may not initially realise is that the attraction is close to the village of Roses, which is a wonderful and interesting place to check out once you’ve dried off the Aqua Brava water (which won’t take too long in the Catalonian heat!).

What does Roses have to offer? Well, it’s actually one of the oldest towns in Catalonia which makes it a real find for history buffs. There are plenty of artistic and historical monuments to visit, including the Santa Maria de Roses monastery and the Dolmen Creu d’en Cobertella. La Triniat is a local fort stormed by the French during the Peninsular War, and still stands as a fascinating place to visit, packing over 200 years of history between its weathered walls.

Culture vultures will surely enjoy the Sunday markets in Roses. There’s a fishmonger who specialises in fish marinated in salt and vinegar, as well as a river boat tour to the Illes Medes which offers beautiful views of the area.

Once your tourist thirst has been quenched, it’ll be time to get something to eat. Roses features some top-notch restaurants including the Hacienda El Bulli which is one of only two Spanish eateries awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide.

Hot summer holidays often have a hidden underbelly of cultural treats, but to uncover them just takes a little bit of digging. Roses is just one of the Costa Brava’s treasures, so be sure to check it out whenever you visit our Castell Montgri parc.

Written by: +Sarah Clarke

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