Rota Cadiz, Costa de la Luz, Spain
Rota is a typical white-washed Andalucian town in the Bay of Cadiz. It is well known for its beautiful beaches and rich in culture and historical sites.
Rota Cadiz is located in the Bay of Cadiz and most of the hotels are located along the beach or around the golf courses. La Costilla is considered by many to be the best beach in Spain, it sits at the foot of the town and stretches for 4 km where the water is crystal clear and the sand is fine and golden.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Rota Cadiz Reviews
There are several beaches in Rota, including the blue flag town beaches of El Rompidillo which is located in the bay behind the marina and La Costilla Beach which runs from the other side of the marina, along-side the town on the Atlantic Coast. Heading up the coast towards Costa Ballena the beaches have a more natural setting, backed by pine trees.
Things to Do
Golf can be played all year round and there are 2 courses in the resort, one in Rota between the town and the naval base and one at Costa Ballena overlooking the ocean. There are 3 more courses in the region of Jerez and Puerto Santa Maria (approx 25 minutes drive) and a further course on the way to San Fernando (approx 40 minutes drive).
You can take the 20 minute ferry crossing from the marina across the bay to the city of Cadiz. In Cadiz, you can explore ancient cobbled streets and museums; visit the Cathedral, stop off at the pavement cafes lining the plazas and shop the designer boutiques.
Set a short way back from Rota Marina, you can visit the 13th century Castillo de Luna Castle and just across the plaza, the 16th century Church of Nuestra Senora de la O.
Festivities in Rota take place throughout the year including the Carnival in February, Holy Week in April, and the Spring Fair in May. Foodies might also enjoy the Fiesta de la Urta in August.
Out and About
The town is a maze of narrow streets hiding little plazas with terrace cafes, small parks and historic monuments. The tourist office is located at the Castillo de Luna and you might want to pop in to get the most from your visit.
The balustraded promenade behind El Rompidillo beach makes for a nice walk around the bay and there is a pedestrianised promenade behind the Costilla Beach.
The city of Jerez, it's many wineries and elite equestrian school is in easy reach and well worth a visit (26km). The ancient city of Cadiz can be reached via ferry (20 minute crossing) or by road (47km). At San Fernando (47km) there is a modern shopping and leisure complex as well as the Bahia de Cadiz nature reserve, home to a wealth of wading birds including flamingos.
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