Costa Brava’s largest northern resort was originally called Rhodes when ancient Greek settlers arrived there. The city’s founding took place in the 8th century BC, making it one of Catalonia’s oldest settled regions. Today, the well-equipped resort is called Roses. It remained a sleepy fishing village until the modern tourist boom exploded the town’s size and scope. Today’s Roses has infrastructure befitting a major resort town, with easy transport to and from major European cities. Fishing remains a major industry, and Roses residents staff the biggest fishing fleet in Costa Brava. The craggy cliffs provide plenty of privacy for those wishing to escape the madding resort crowds.
Historically inclined guests at Roses hotels can visit the fortification ruins at the Citadel. Constructed in the 16th century around the remnants of the old town, the Citadel today offers tours that comprise the very center of ancient Rhodes. National parks bless the Roses area as well, with the Creus Cape Peninsula and the Emporda marshlands protecting many bird species including storks.