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Roses is a city of 19,000 people (2018) on the Costa Brava, in Catalonia. It is on the coast at the northern end of the Gulf of Roses, and is an important fishing port and tourist centre.


It is the site of the former bishopric of Rotdon, now a Latin Catholic titular see.

Over the last decades, important excavations have been carried out inside the walls of the Ciutadella concerning not only the Greek and Roman remains, but part of the medieval city and its walls. In the 1990s, extensive restoration work was carried out on the walls of the Ciutadella, and in 2004 a museum was opened inside it. A controversial restoration of the Castell de Trinitat was completed in 2010.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • From France: The A-9 from Montpellier and Perpignan to the Spanish border. Than the AP7 until Figueres.
  • From Barcelona and Girona: The AP7 until Figueres.
  • From Figueres takethe C260 To Roses.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Empuriabrava Aerodrome. Airfield in the nearby town of Empuriabrava. Empuriabrava Aerodrome (Q5648958) on Wikidata Empuriabrava Aerodrome on Wikipedia

By boat[edit]

  • 2 Port of Roses. Port of Roses (Q15125080) on Wikidata

Get around[edit]

Map of Roses


Palm lined beach promenade in summer
  • 1 Castrum o Ciudadela visigoda del Puig Rom. Poblat visigòtic del Puig Rom (Q18005828) on Wikidata
Castell de la Trinitat
  • 2 Castell de la Trinitat (2.5 km from Roses). Along with the Ciutadella de Roses, it provided defenses for the town of Roses. The castle was completed in 1551 It was defended for twelve days by Royal Navy sailors and marines under the command of Captain Thomas, Lord Cochrane, supported by Catalan militia and regulars in 1808 and the damage inflicted by the besieging French and Italian artillery was compounded by an immense explosion of gunpowder barrels from Cochrane's frigate HMS Imperieuse, laid by him to deny the investing French control of the sea approaches to the Bay of Rosas. It was built in the shape of a five-pointed star for defence purposes. The construction is about 18–20 metres high, with thick walls, and designed to house a garrison of about 350 men. Castell de la Trinitat (Q1048682) on Wikidata Castell de la Trinitat on Wikipedia
  • 3 Castell de la Garriga. Castell de la Garriga (Roses) (Q18003847) on Wikidata
  • 4 Castell de Bufalaranya. Castell de Bufalaranya (Q8342196) on Wikidata
  • 5 Stella Maris. Stella Maris (Q19627655) on Wikidata
  • 6 Santa Maria Church (Església de Santa Maria de Roses). Església de Santa Maria de Roses (Q11920549) on Wikidata
  • 7 Citadel (Ciutadella de Roses). Large fortifications in the centre of the city. Ciutadella de Roses (Q1094405) on Wikidata Ciutadella de Roses on Wikipedia
  • 8 Llit de la Generala. Llit de la Generala (Q47454996) on Wikidata
  • 9 Ciste de la Casa Cremada. Ciste de la Casa Cremada (Q50689029) on Wikidata
  • 10 Casa Cremada menhir (Menhire de la Casa Cremada). Menhire de la Casa Cremada (Q19296214) on Wikidata
  • 11 Dolmen del Cap de l’Home. Dolmen del Cap de l’Home (Q47454998) on Wikidata
  • 12 Dolmen de la Creu d'en Cobertella. Dolmen de la Creu d'en Cobertella (Q3034067) on Wikidata



Try the “cami de ronda” which follows the coast The GR 92 long-distance walking route crosses the city.

Try the hiking routes in Cap de Creus Natural Park and in Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park






  • 2 els Brancs, Av. Díaz Pacheco 30, +34 972 256 008, fax: +34 972 253 213, . Tu-Su 20:00-23:00. 1 Michelin star. Creative cuisine, fine dining, great views of the Mediterranean Sea.




As of Jan 2024, Roses and its approach highways have 5G from all Spanish carriers.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Roses
Llançà ← junction  N-260   N  S  End
FigueresEmpuriabrava  W  E  End
End  W  E  Cap de Creus Natural ParkCadaqués

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