Cabo Roig Holidays

If you are considering a holiday or short break in Cabo Roig, then I guess you will be looking for some information on the area, and possibly the opportunity to book a holiday rental property. If this is the case then you have found the right place, because I have lived in Cabo Roig for over 13 years now and I can give you a pretty good idea of what the resort is like and what you can expect from a visit.

The Sun Rising Over Cabo Roig HarbourFirstly a little about the location. Cabo Roig is in an area called the Orihuela Costa, meaning basically that it is the coastal limb of the historic inland town of Orihuela (actually some 19km inland!), it is in the province of Alicante, which itself is with the Autonomous Community of Valencia (Comunidad de Valencia). Cabo Roig is not really a town as such, but could be called a resort (though fairly small even for a resort), it sits along with several other similar resorts to the south of Torrevieja, a very busy and well known town.

Among its neighbours are Dehesa de Campoamor, La Zenia, Mil Palmeras, Villamartin, La Regia, Playa Flamenca, Los Dolses, Zeniamar and Punta Prima, all within a few kilometres of coastline (about 5km I guess).

Cabo Roig is maybe the most popular of these resorts due mostly to its two gorgeous sandy beaches and its vibrant strip of restaurants and bars, known by most as simply "the strip". Just now I won't mention specific restaurants and bars by name, as they often change hands, change names and it could get a little confusing. Suffice to say that there is lots of choice for all ages and all tastes. During the busiest summer season, there are often a couple of little fun fairs for the kids, so there is even something for the little ones to do.

The Old Watchtower and the "New" Roundabout

The 16th Century WatchtowerThe main landmarks in Cabo Roig are the ancient sixteenth century watchtower, which looks out over the marina and beach, and believe it or not a roundabout, yes you did hear me correctly, the pyramid roundabout on the main N332 road, is how most people identify Cabo Roig, as I suppose it is the first thing you see when arriving in the resort and is also the means by which many give directions to new visitors, enabling them to find their way to their desired destination in the area.

The watchtower, which is these days part of a restaurant complex, was originally constructed so that local inhabitants could keep watch for marauding pirates who sailed these coastlines in less peaceful times.

The tower overlooks the harbour (marina) and Cala Caleta beach, with views along the coast to Dehesa de Campoamor and Torre de la Horadada (with La Manga in the distance). This is a nice spot to relax and enjoy a coffee or maybe even taste the local seafood, whilst taking in the peaceful atmosphere and, well, just watching the world go by.

Cabo Roig Marina and Yacht ClubThe marina is of course quite busy all year round, with mostly pleasure craft coming and going, and using the facilities of this, one of the most popular yacht clubs along this part of the coast. The marina has moorings for around 200 yachts and has a small dock with all the required facilities. From the marina you can access Cabo Roig's water sports facilities, which includes jet ski hire, banana boat rides, boat trips, kayak hire, windsurfing, wakeboarding, dinghy sailing, scauba diving and much more.

The Beaches

The main and best known beach in Cabo Roig (which is not actually the biggest), is beside the marina and watchtower and is called Cala Caleta (or Playa Goleta), though most visitors just call it "Cabo Roig beach", it has a beach bar and the usual facilities, with sun-loungers and parasols for rent. The bigger of the two beaches is located on the other side of the cape, and is called Cala Capitan (Captain's Bay), here there is also a beach bar and plenty of room to find your own space on the beach. Cala Capitan also has sun-loungers and parasols for hire. From Cala Capitan you can easily walk along the coast to La Zenia beach, another large and popular spot.

Cala Caleta Cabo Roig - The Main BeachBoth beaches can be accessed by turning off the N332 at the pyramid roundabout (heading towards the sea) on Avenida del Cabo, this road goes all around the cape and for a stretch is called (at least on the map) Avenida Velero. On some older maps the road is called Avenida del Mediterraneo. But in any case both beaches are quite clearly signposted so you shouldn't have any problem finding them.

If you are hiring a car and fell a little more adventurous, you could head south from Cabo Roig towards Cartagena. Before too long you will arrive at the coastline of the Mar Menor, and here you will find some wonderful beach resorts and extremely safe beaches with warm, calm waters, where kids can play in safety. The first and perhaps most recommended of these is at Lo Pagan (signposted from the N332), where there is plenty of beach space, the shallowest and most gently sloping beach you will ever see and the warmest sea temperature in the region (5 degrees warmer than the Med). There are also plenty of facilities here, with beach bars, beach-side restaurants and shops for all your beach related needs. Additionally there are the famous mud baths, where you can smother yourself in smelly mud, dry yourself in the sun, and apparently get many beneficial effects for various ailments, certainly not an experience to be missed.

In the Evenings

The evenings are when Cabo Roig "strip" comes alive (in the summertime at least) and this is where most visitors head for to eat drink and enjoy live entertainment, karaoke and other activities. There is a good choice of dining with restaurants serving up dishes from all over the world, there are several Spanish restaurants (more so over the last couple of years), plus a good choice of Indian, Chinese, Italian and British style eating houses. You can get burgers, pizzas, curries, tapas and even fish and chips, so you should never go hungry. Many of the bars are open well into the early morning (around 4am) so night birds will also be catered for! Do be warned though, if you are visiting off-season it can get pretty quiet, even dead during the winter months.

Places to Visit

If I am being absolutely honest, there is not a huge amount to do in Cabo Roig itself, but the resort is very well placed for making the most of plenty of great facilities in the immediate area, and if you are renting a car, the world (as they say) will be your oyster. Very popular on Thursdays is the local street market, so follow the crowds and stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, freash bread and gifts for your return home.

Shopping: Near at hand is the relatively new Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre, a great place to visit and with a huge range of designer shops, plus plenty of places to eat and drink. In Torrevieja you will find the Habaneras Shopping Centre with more designer shops and yet more bars, restaurants and facilities. The adventurous might head into Alicante city or perhaps Murcia city where you can get all the retail therapy you need.

Quesada Water ParkWater Parks: The nearest water park is in Torrevieja and called Aquopolis, it is a little expensive, very busy, but worth a visit all the same. There is a very small water park in La Siesta, Torrevieja, but a bigger and somewhat cheaper one (which we always use) is located in Quesada (see left).

Theme Parks: This is not a great area for theme parks, so if this is your bag, you will need to head for Benidorm, which is actually only a drive of around and hour and a quarter. In Benidorm you will find a huge choice of theme park including the famous Terra Mitica, together with the equally appealing Terra Natura, Mundomar and Aqualandia. If you like animals, somehat nearer is the Rio Safari Park, which is located between Santa Pola and Elche, and well worth a visit (its about 35 minutes drive).

Culture: Not much culture in Cabo Roig I'm afraid, but if you like historic buildings, old churches, castles and the like, you are in for a treat if you have a car. You can visit the old port and Roman (and Carthaginian) ruins in Cartagena, you can take a trip to the Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante, or any number of other castles if you head inland a little to places like Novelda and Biar. Visit Murcia for, among other things its marvellous cathedral, visit Orihuela for a huge number of old churches and palaces, and visit the city of Elche for its palm tree forest, its Basilica de Santa Maria cathedral, and the especially popular Priest's Garden.

Campoamor Golf CourseSport and Fun: Football fans can head along to Torrevieja FC and watch the local heros perform (get league tables, fixtures and results here: Torry FC). Golf players have a great choice of courses to try out, with three courses on the Orihuela Costa itself and several others within a short drive. If you enjoy a spurt on a go kart then you can pop down to nearby Punta Prima where the Go-Kart track is very busy and popular. There is tenpin bowling at the Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre, and also near to the Habaneras in Torrevieja. The casino has now been moved from Torrevieja to Zenia Boulevard. There are countless other things to do in the surrounding areas, well me I just like to laze on the beach!

Hopefully you found this Cabo Roig review helpful, I'm sure there is plenty that I've missed out, so I will be adding more in the future.


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