Portray of the Destination
The seaside resort of Roquetas del Mar is located on the extreme east of the Gulf of Almería,
around 18 km (11 miles) from Almería, the capital of the Spanish province of the same name. With a
surface area of 60 km² , an altitude of 7 metres (23 ft) above sea level and a population of more
than 70,000, it is nicely situated between the Sierra de Gador foothills in the north and the
Mediterranean Sea in the south.
The city is a fine melting pot of Neolithic and Almerian cultures. Its coastline had
previously been frequented by Venecians, Greeks and Romans, yet the first permanant settlements
were not established until the 13th century. In this century the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada was
founded by Mohammed I, with the area of Roquetas del Mar being an integral part of the dynasty. A
further defensive system of towers and cylinder walls was built for the city following the
Christian conquest and the depopulation of some of the region's coastal towns. The tower of Los
Cerillos is the only tower that still remains in place today, standing next to the Santa Ana
castle, which was previously a watch tower.
Nowadays the principal activities of the region include intensive agriculture, with some
produce grown in greenhouses using the latest cutting-edge technology. Roquetas del Mar also has
plenty to offer for tourists, thanks to the “Turismo de Sol y Playa” (Sun and Beach Tourism)
programme and the development of its Tourism Excellence Plan, which serves as a mark of quality for
every tourist establishment. All this has transformed the region into one of the most modern
tourist destinations with a promising future.
We would like to thank the City Council of Roquetas del Mar (Ayuntamiento de Roquetas del
Mar) for the texts and pictures provided. Visit