Roquetas de Mar

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Roquetas de Mar, Spain
Municipality
Flag of Roquetas de Mar, Spain
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Coordinates: 36°46′N 2°36′W / 36.767°N 2.600°W / 36.767; -2.600Coordinates: 36°46′N 2°36′W / 36.767°N 2.600°W / 36.767; -2.600
Country Spain
Community Andalusia
Municipality Almería
Government
 • Mayor Gabriel Amat Ayllón (PP)
Area
 • Total 60 km2 (20 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 85,886
 • Density 1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website aytoroquetas.org

Roquetas de Mar (pronounced as /ro'ketas de maɾ/) is a municipality of Almería province, in the autonomous community of Andalucía, Spain. The 'urbanización' (tourist area with hotels and restaurants and shops) of Roquetas is predominantly a Spanish holiday resort for the majority of the summer months, but it also receives many visitors from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany.

Roquetas de Mar is one of the two major resorts in Costa de Almería, the other being Mojácar. With its vast beaches and the fact that Roquetas does not attract the sheer number of tourists as some of the other resorts, there is plenty of room to lounge around and sunbathe, or to take a leisurely swim, without the problems of overcrowding seen on many Spanish beach resorts.

Roquetas de Mar has many facilities including hotels, restaurants, tapas bars, a bull ring, an auditorium and a language school.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1999 42,333 —    
2000 44,370 +4.8%
2001 47,570 +7.2%
2002 50,954 +7.1%
2003 53,815 +5.6%
2004 58,519 +8.7%
2005 65,886 +12.6%
Source: INE (Spain)

Gallery[edit]

A street in Roquetas de Mar
Nocturnal beach at Roquetas de Mar