Forty kilometres over the French border into Spanish Catalonia, nestling in the Southern foothills of the Pyrenees, lies the magnificent Bay of Roses, the largest sandy beach at this end of Mediterranean Spain. With a central nature reserve preserving its natural beauty, fishing, the main industry of the bay , has traditionally centred around the harbour of the small town of Roses at its Northern end .
The Can Isac urbanisation at Palau Salvedera is an upmarket development overlooking the Alt Emporda plain and the Aiguamolls nature reserves which back onto the Bay of Roses.
Overlooked by a ridge of the Cap de Creus Nature Reserve
and with panoramic views both across the bay and towards the Pyrenees ,
the detached villa has a magnificent private pool, ample gardens, and tiled terraces outside whilst the interior comprises a large semi-circular lounge dining room, luxuriously equipped kitchen, main bedroom with en-suite bathroom and 2 further bedrooms with an additional communal bath room. The property benefits from oil fired central heating and double glazing throughout and also has a large separate garage.
PALAU SALVEDERA caters particularly well for those visitors who seek a quiet base for their holiday whilst being only 10 minutes drive from the Blue Star beaches at Roses. The hills behind the villa provide superb walks and unparalleled views, and are the home to many important historical sites, including the Castle protecting the Monastery of St Pere De Rodes, and the Chapel of St Onerfus.
INFORMATION ON Roses its Bay and THE LOCAL AREA
Once the oldest town in Catalonia, Roses is a living museum which retains vestiges of the many cultures that have inhabited its 3000 year past, ranging from megalithic Dolmens, through the 8th Century B.C Greek traders who named the town after their home island of Rhodes, to the Romans who subsequently settled in and developed the area. Many of these can be viewed when taking one of the many 'Tourist Train' rides which start from the town.
Surrounded by Nature Reserves, which include the internationally renowned bird and animal sanctuary of the Aiguamolls de l'Emporda, the 2nd largest park in Northern Spain, the bay of Roses provides facilities for every activity which its visitors could require. These range from land based recreations such as horse riding across the Aiguamolls, skydiving at one of the worlds leading parachuting centres in Empuriabrava, micro-lighting, go-carting or playing golf at one of the local area courses, to the many water based activities for which the area is renowned.
The bay, which is particularly well known for the quality of its windsurfing, is flanked by the rocky cliffs and coves from which the Costa Brava derives its name; the crystal clear waters of this coast provides superb opportunities for underwater diving, either using your own equipment or with one of the several local scuba diving schools.
There are also opportunities for sailing, water-skiing, deep sea fishing para-sailing or for exploring the 'Blue Flag' bays using hired jet skis or one of the many boats providing local excursions, whilst those with children will probably find that a day spent at the large local Aqua Park, with its many water slides, pools and water based climbing wall will prove to be a must!
In addition, as well as providing year-round opportunities for hill walking, mountain biking and rock climbing, the nearby Pyrenees provide winter visitors with good snow skiing only 1 ½ hours from Roses.
Roses, whilst retaining its characteristic Catalonian charm, provides a complete infrastructure of restaurants, cafes and bars and a wide range of shops which provides for all the needs of its 12,000 residents and 70,000 visitors. More shopping opportunities can be found at nearby Ampuribrava which is reputed to be the largest residential marina in the world, whilst more sophisticated shopping requirements can be catered for by visiting either Gerona or to Barcelona the capital of Catalunia; local bus companies provide regular trips to visit these cities and view their attractions.
The town of Figueres, which is only 10 kilometres from Roses and provides rail access to France and the rest of Spain is also well worth a visit. As well as shops comparable in quality to those in Gerona, the town is also the home of the internationally renowned Dali Museum; souvenirs of this artist who was born locally, and who produced some of his most famous works at nearby Port Ligat are widely available in the town.
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