The Costa Brava is one of the most beautiful spots in Catalonia, and is acclaimed worldwide for its charm and all the possibilities it offers. The Hotel Marítim is the ideal place for discovering this most authentic facet, thanks to its northern-coastal location within the heart of Roses.

Roses is one of the towns that best represents the essence of the Costa Brava. In the district of Alt Empordà (Girona), very close to the French border and bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, the town of Roses has miles of beaches and idyllic coves, a charming old quarter, as well as having a good range of leisure facilities.

Moreover, all the Alt Empordà and Girona area stand out for their cultural, artistic and gastronomic proposals.

ROSES

Discover the charm of Roses, one of the most important towns in the north of the Costa Brava: its beaches and coves, and coastal trails. Costa Brava´s beauty and charm captivates everyone!

One of the must-see spots is its Citadel, that enjoys a privileged location: bathed by the shores of the Mediterranean and upon the natural haven of Roses Bay, very close to the Pyrenees. It is possible to take an interesting tour where the well preserved remains, belonging to different eras can be observed.

As regards leisure in the town, this is a particularly busy district, where you can find many restaurants, cocktail bars, shopping areas and all it takes to make the most of summer evenings and holidays.

OUTSTANDING BEACHES

The beautiful bay of Roses has several kilometres of coastline divided between beaches, coves and cliffs. In the centre of town, we can find large and extensive beaches, such as Santa Margarida, that of Salatar, the Rastrell or Platja Nova among others, all of them ideal for the family to enjoy and for practising water activities.

While remote from the centre, and travelling along the coastal roads, Roses has different-sized idyllic coves such as Cala Joncols, Cala Montjoi or Cala Rustella. The small coves are ideal to disconnect, as they are surrounded by nature and stand out for the peace and relaxation breathed there.

In this sense, and always striving for excellence, the beaches and coves of Roses are certified by an international environmental management system that certifies the quality of the sand, water and services offered.

GASTRONOMY

The Girona province in general and the Alt Empordà region particularly enjoy one of the best cuisines at a worldwide level. In this sense, Girona now has the title of the world's best restaurant, while Roses enjoyed this privilege for 5 years. Beyond these two establishments, the cuisine of the region is considered of the highest quality, based on locally-sourced products such as vegetables, meat, wine and fish.

Although you can find restaurants serving cuisine from around the world, we recommend that you try the Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine, the most typical of the area.

WINE TOURISM

And if you are interested in wine culture, high quality wines are produced in the whole area of Empordà, thanks to the land where the vineyards are located.

These are wines with the Designation of Origin status [DO] Empordà, which is over 30 years old and caters for 55 municipalities in the Baix Empordà. Favoured by the north wind, blowing every day in the two regions, the vineyards are immaculately maintained throughout the year, while the resulting wines are characterized by being sweet and natural.

It is highly recommended to visit one of the many vineyards in the area, where for an affordable price you can have lunch in the vineyard, take a guided tour and, finally sample the wines to taste this special Designation of Origin.

CADAQUÉS

Considered one of the prettiest towns on the Catalan coast, Cadaqués is a traditional, quaint and such a special town, that different artists of international renown, like Salvador Dalí, found inspiration for their works here. It is highly recommended to wander through its streets and visit the craft shops that are scattered throughout the town and sample the exquisite cuisine and see the local nightlife.

Being the easternmost town on the Costa Brava and the Iberian Peninsula, Cadaqués can only be reached by a particularly beautiful winding road that runs through the Natural Park of Cap de Creus. The panoramic views over the bay of Roses are of special interest.

CAP DE CREUS

The Cap de Creus is a headland on the Alt Empordà coastline (Catalonia), located north of the Costa Brava and at the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. The area belongs to the municipality of Cadaques and is part of the Natural Park of Cap de Creus. It is an area full of stunning cliffs that have taken many forms due to the north wind blowing all year and causes the movement of the waters of the Costa Brava, giving an unparalleled view of the sea and forming one of the largest coral enclaves in the Mediterranean.

The Natural Park of Cap de Creus is a nature reserve, where you can enjoy nature right next to the sea, and with a variety of animal and plant species that give it a unique appeal.

THE “DALIAN TRIANGLE”

The Dalí Theatre-Museum, the House of Salvador Dalí in Portlligat, and the Castell Gala- Dalí House-Museum in Púbol make up the Dalian Triangle, a must-see for art lovers.

  • The Dalí Theatre -museum was conceived entirely by Salvador Dalí in the old main theatre of Figueres, a space that he himself defined as " the first and only surrealist art museum in the world"
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  • For its part, the House of Salvador Dalí in Portlligat, is the most personal space of the three, and that gives us a closer and intimate perspective of Gala and Dalí. It contains a maze-like structure, from where you can visit the library, workshop, garden and private rooms
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  • Finally, the Castell Gala – Dalí House- Museum of Púbol is a medieval building which Dali gave to his wife Gala in 1970. During the visit you can see the drawings and paintings that were used to decorate it and the amazing elephant sculptures in the garden
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SANT FERRAN CASTLE

Sant Ferran Castle, the largest monument in Catalonia by size is located a few metres from the historic centre of Figueres, is an essential and impressive visit to what used to be a military fortress to protect the border in a bygone era.
The guided tour includes a visit to the castle´s inner moat by jeep and a visit to the water tanks located underneath the parade ground by Zodiac boat.

A good option to ensure not missing any detail, is to skirt the castle by the walkway, where you can enjoy exceptional panoramic views over the Empordà plain, the sea and the Pyrenees.

CASTELLO D'EMPURIES

Castello d' Empuries is a medieval villa with a long past, a key point that once was a strategic city wall. The Church of Santa Maria, or " Cathedral de l' Empordà", is considered one of the most important monuments in the province of Girona.

To better understand the past history, the town hall offers guided tours throughout the summer, as well as live concerts almost every day, ideal to relax and enjoy the evening under the stars and accompanied by music.

Castello still maintains the urban layout of the Middle Ages, and is well known for its Medieval Fair, and for this reason it is very pleasant to stroll through its streets on a weekend. Take yourself back to Castello’s past on a trip with a huge range of activities for all ages.

PERALADA

The history of the town of Peralada dates back to around the year 500 BC, when a group of the native tribes decided to build the first city walls. Today, the old town still maintains the medieval urban structure, which is also reflected in the street names.

Sights to visit include the Museum of the Villa and the Sant Domenec Cultural Tourism Centre, although Paralada is most famous for its castle, which has stunning gardens, a restaurant and a casino, as well as one of the most important festivals in Catalonia during the months of July and August. The church of Sant Martí, a visit to the caves of the Castell de Peralada, or a stroll through the vineyards which extend throughout the town are also some of the most interesting proposals.

OTHER TOWNS

Both the Baix and Alt Emporda region where our hotel is located, boast idyllic locations. Some further inland and others by the sea; many of these old towns have preserved the tradition and the magic of the Costa Brava, and today are able to enchant any visitor.

The Baix Emporda, Begur or Calella are ideal for walking and getting lost in their lanes, while Ullastret and Peratallada stand out for their medieval villages.

In Alt Empordà, there are important cities like Figueres, the core of the region, which is famous for its shops and museums; Portbou is the last village of the Iberian Peninsula and the French border along the coast, or El Port de la Selva, a coastal town where you can enjoy peace and tranquillity as well as good food.