The popular tourist resort town of Roquetas de Mar was once a sleepy, scenic fishing village dating from Roman times. It still retains its maze of Moorish alley-like streets and pretty white-washed houses clinging to the hillside.
However, hotel and apartment complexes are beginning to take over the skyline particulalrly along the long, sandy beaches next to the village. Tourism is large business along the holiday strip with shops, restaurants, bars and numerous activities on offer from horse riding to scuba diving or sailing.
Roquetas has an 18-hole golf course (at Playa Serena) and a specifically designated nudist beach. Those interested in history will enjoy exploring the ruins of the medieval Castilla de Santa Ana and other remnants in the area. Bird-watchers have a treat in store at the Las Marinas salt marsh and Punta Entinas beaches a few miles south of the village, where flamingos, egrets and avocets gather.