Compared to the rest of the Costa Brava, the huge, fine sandy bay of Roses is very spacious, and by far the windiest spot on the Catalan coast. Located in the south of the bay of Roses, not far from the Club Mistral center, is the medieval village of Sant Marti d’Empuries with its’ famous archeological sites. From there you can reach the small village L’Escala in the southern end of the bay via an astounding path alongside the beach. The old town, a former fishing village, offers excellent tapas bars, restaurants, discos and nice, little boutiques.
The bay of Roses has long been well-known amongst windsurfers, and now also amongst kiters. The whole region is a very interesting destination, with numerous attractions and cultural sites. Due to its’ vicintiy to the Pyrenees, rafting and canyoning trips can be offered. The message is clear: a thrilling and yet safe spot where everybody can make the most of their time and money, no matter if they are wave freaks, freestylers, freeriders, kiters or kids.
Our insider tips:
• Culture at your doorstep: the Dali Museum in Figueres is well worth a visit and anyone interested in seeing Dali's house should definitely take a trip to the picturesque township of Cadaques.
• The ruins of Empúries can be reached on foot; with their sandy beaches, the small bays provide an enticing opportunity for a swim• You can try the local wines and liqueurs at one of the numerous "bodegas"(wineries) and have some of your favourite wine bottled for you. In L'Escala you will find the best anchovies.
• A balloon trip early in the morning, with the sun rising behind the mountains, is a fantastically romantic experience. If you wish, you can enjoy a glass of "Cava" (Spanish champagne) at the same time.
• If you're on the lookout for action and adventure, Ampuria Brava, which boasts one of Europe's and the world's best parachuting centres, is the very place. Just the right thing for adrenalin junkies: 40 seconds' free fall.
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Golf de Roses is not only a perfect choice for a family vacation but has also a lot to offer for couples and groups. Several sand banks in the water turn the spot into a “semi-shallow water area” with the huge, fine sandy beach sloping gently into the water. In the morning, when the wind is light, the spot is a paradise for kids and beginners. Our motivated professional instructors teach kids from the age of 6 upwards. Light rigs and stable boards make their first attempts “easy-peasy”. Thanks to the cross-onshore wind no one can drift; nevertheless our life boat is always ready. Here, beginners, intermediates and experienced windsurfers can easily make progress. Signs and buoys clearly mark the windsurfing and kitesurfing areas so that no one gets in each others way. The bathing zone is situated on the left hand side of the windsurf zone.
Golf de Roses is the ideal spot for kids instruction, a place where many families make holidays. There is a camping site and appartements/holiday houses very close to the center. The water is shallow for about 50 m. In the mornings there are light winds which offer the perfect weather for kids. The wind is side onshore, that means very safe and the children do not have to be afraid to drift to the open sea.
In the warmer months, a thermal wind from the southeast is the main wind in the bay of Roses. During the last few years, the southwind “Garbi” has blown more often, and increases the thermal effect. The “Tramontana” from the north normally blows in the cooler months, however, it can also create heavy winds in midsummer for days. In front of the Club Mistral center it blows sideshore from the left. On high days, impressive waves build up near the shore. From May to September, the thermal wind is very reliable. It happens more and more often that the wind turns in the late afternoon to sideshore from the right and reaches up to 6 Beaufort.
Golf De Roses has many different activities on offer for all ages, a perfect destination for the whole family. This is a very active resort, everywhere you look you will see people jogging, mount biking, race biking, swimming and more. This area is also very famous for its 'skydiving' center! You must try this if you have the nerve!
In the evening there are many charming restaurants and cafés/bars dotted around within a 10/20 minute car drive away. For those seeking a little more 'action' there are some big night clubs and bars in the nearest main town about a 30 minute drive away.
As a member of the EU there are no entry requirement other than a full UK passport with a full 6 month validity.