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Roquetas de Mar, past and present

Roquetas de Mar is a municipality of the province of Almería, in Andalucia, Spain. It is approx 15 Minutes (by car) from Almería and has a good connection to the airport. History of Roquetas de Mar: It has a prehistoric, iberian, roman and phoenician history, which you can still see on many of the existing old buildings in this area. You can also find a lot of Moorish history. For example the Castillo de Santa Ana, a fort that was constructed in 1501 by the port of Roquetas de Mar, is one of the defensive Testimony, that is preserved and restored, because in 1804 an earthquake destroyed it. Outside are cannons, which were used in the past to defend the coastline and town from permanent pirate attacks. It also defended the salt trade, which was one of the sources of the wealth in the area. At the moment it is used for exhibitions. Next to the fort stands the old light tower of Santa Ana, built in 1863, which was abandoned in 1942 because it was too short against the lights of the town and because of rebuilding the harbour. It was restored together with the Castillo and also used for exhibitions and as a cultural center. Beside it is the Roman Auditorium, which is especially in summer used for free concerts. All entrance is free and you have a panoramic view from the roof of the Castillo over all Roquetas. In the village of Roquetas you find the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, built in the 18th century, which has an amazing altarpiece, and was painted in the 50’s. The moorish people established the town for the trade of Seafood and Salt. In the late 1400s the Catholic kings wanted to own the rich south of Spain, so they sent their armies to conquer the area. After they succeeded, they evicted the Moorish from the region and the towns became Wastelands. Roquetas today: Roquetas de Mar was a traditional fishing village, but it became a Tourist Resort in the 1960’s and is now one of the major resorts on the Costa de Almería. The resort is in the summer months a holiday resort for a lot of Spanish people, but there are also many holiday makers from England, Ireland, Germany, France and many other countries . It doesn’t have the mass of Tourism like Benidorm, but it is far from being boring, there are many interesting things to do and see in the immediate area. Roquetas de Mar has lots of facilities, including hotels, restaurants and tapas bars. You will find international restaurants in Roquetas as well as very good Spanish Restaurants and Bars. It has miles of beaches, with the blue flag status. The promenade from Roquetas stretches from Aguadulce, in the east of Roquetas until the Parque Natural on the west. The beaches have amenities for water sports, and the Parque Natural still has the old salt marshes which attracts Flamingos and other rare water birds. If you love nature you will also find native plants and flowers there. Aguadulce has a fine marina, where you can berth your boats or yachts. Roquetas is also a great Golf Resort, with one course directly in Roquetas and 2 nearby. And because of the year round good weather there is no reason not to relax on the courses. Other attractions are the Water Park, the Aquarium and the go-karting. There is also a big Bullring, with fights the whole year round, a big Theater, where Montserrat Caballe and Jose Carreras have concerts as well. Roquetas also has a big cinema, where you can once in a while enjoy the film in the original language. In summer there are free open air concerts on the beach of Roquetas, featuring pop, jazz, flamenco, classic music and also kids theaters or cinema. There are language schools, where you can take courses to learn Spanish, but there is also a British school, where your children have English speaking teachers. Fiestas: There are annual fiestas in Roquetas de Mar, the Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen in Aguadulce, the Fiesta de Santa Ana in the port and in Roquetas center the Fiesta de la Virgen del Rosario. There are also little Fiestas in the areas of Roquetas de Mar, but these are the main ones. The Virgen del Carmen, on the 16th of July, are for the fishermen and their families to pay homage to the patron saint of the fishermen. The Santa Ana, on the 26th of July, is the night of the patron of the port of Roquetas center and the Virgen del Rosario, on the 7th of October, is the celebration of the Virgin Mary. The statue is carried through the village. The Noche de San Juan, on the night of the 23rd, is also a major event. Al people meet at the beach and barbeque or have big fires. At midnight you are supposed to go into the water to get wet to bring you luck Of course Roquetas also celebrates all of the main Spanish holidays and festivals, like the Three Kings, which “land” in the port and have a parade through the town. They don’t come without presents, they throw sweets from their trucks and trailers. In Spain the Three Kings are still bringing the presents at Christmas, and you can buy a special cake everywhere, inside are little presents, except one is a blank, whoever gets that one in his/her piece has to pay for the cake .
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Roquetas de Mar is a municipality of the province of Almería, in Andalucia, Spain. It is approx 15 Minutes (by car) from Almería and has a good connection to the airport. History of Roquetas de Mar: It has a prehistoric, iberian, roman and phoenician history, which you can still see on many of the existing old buildings in this area. You can also find a lot of Moorish history. For example the Castillo de Santa Ana, a fort that was constructed in 1501 by the port of Roquetas de Mar, is one of the defensive Testimony, that is preserved and restored, because in 1804 an earthquake destroyed it. Outside are cannons, which were used in the past to defend the coastline and town from permanent pirate attacks. It also defended the salt trade, which was one of the sources of the wealth in the area. At the moment it is used for exhibitions. Next to the fort stands the old light tower of Santa Ana, built in 1863, which was abandoned in 1942 because it was too short against the lights of the town and because of rebuilding the harbour. It was restored together with the Castillo and also used for exhibitions and as a cultural center. Beside it is the Roman Auditorium, which is especially in summer used for free concerts. All entrance is free and you have a panoramic view from the roof of the Castillo over all Roquetas. In the village of Roquetas you find the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, built in the 18th century, which has an amazing altarpiece, and was painted in the 50’s. The moorish people established the town for the trade of Seafood and Salt. In the late 1400s the Catholic kings wanted to own the rich south of Spain, so they sent their armies to conquer the area. After they succeeded, they evicted the Moorish from the region and the towns became Wastelands. Roquetas today: Roquetas de Mar was a traditional fishing village, but it became a Tourist Resort in the 1960’s and is now one of the major resorts on the Costa de Almería. The resort is in the summer months a holiday resort for a lot of Spanish people, but there are also many holiday makers from England, Ireland, Germany, France and many other countries . It doesn’t have the mass of Tourism like Benidorm, but it is far from being boring, there are many interesting things to do and see in the immediate area. Roquetas de Mar has lots of facilities, including hotels, restaurants and tapas bars. You will find international restaurants in Roquetas as well as very good Spanish Restaurants and Bars. It has miles of beaches, with the blue flag status. The promenade from Roquetas stretches from Aguadulce, in the east of Roquetas until the Parque Natural on the west. The beaches have amenities for water sports, and the Parque Natural still has the old salt marshes which attracts Flamingos and other rare water birds. If you love nature you will also find native plants and flowers there. Aguadulce has a fine marina, where you can berth your boats or yachts. Roquetas is also a great Golf Resort, with one course directly in Roquetas and 2 nearby. And because of the year round good weather there is no reason not to relax on the courses. Other attractions are the Water Park, the Aquarium and the go-karting. There is also a big Bullring, with fights the whole year round, a big Theater, where Montserrat Caballe and Jose Carreras have concerts as well. Roquetas also has a big cinema, where you can once in a while enjoy the film in the original language. In summer there are free open air concerts on the beach of Roquetas, featuring pop, jazz, flamenco, classic music and also kids theaters or cinema. There are language schools, where you can take courses to learn Spanish, but there is also a British school, where your children have English speaking teachers. Fiestas: There are annual fiestas in Roquetas de Mar, the Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen in Aguadulce, the Fiesta de Santa Ana in the port and in Roquetas center the Fiesta de la Virgen del Rosario. There are also little Fiestas in the areas of Roquetas de Mar, but these are the main ones. The Virgen del Carmen, on the 16th of July, are for the fishermen and their families to pay homage to the patron saint of the fishermen. The Santa Ana, on the 26th of July, is the night of the patron of the port of Roquetas center and the Virgen del Rosario, on the 7th of October, is the celebration of the Virgin Mary. The statue is carried through the village. The Noche de San Juan, on the night of the 23rd, is also a major event. Al people meet at the beach and barbeque or have big fires. At midnight you are supposed to go into the water to get wet to bring you luck Of course Roquetas also celebrates all of the main Spanish holidays and festivals, like the Three Kings, which “land” in the port and have a parade through the town. They don’t come without presents, they throw sweets from their trucks and trailers. In Spain the Three Kings are still bringing the presents at Christmas, and you can buy a special cake everywhere, inside are little presents, except one is a blank, whoever gets that one in his/her piece has to pay for the cake .

Roquetas de Mar, past and present