El Roc de Sant Gaietà
El Roc de Sant Gaietà is one of those places that aren’t well known but once you visit you instantly fall in love with. This small neighbourhood in Roda de Barà exudes personality thanks to an architecture as as unique as inimitable.
Find out more about El Roc de Sant Gaietà and its history, and have a pleasant stroll through its pleasant streets and alleys. This is the perfect visit to tie up with a beach day in the area, though the neighbourhood is open to tourists all year long.
What is El Roc de Sant Gaietà?
El Roc de Sant Gaietà is a seaside neighbourhood in Roda de Barà built throughout the years 1964 and 1972. It was originally designed like a run of the mill fisher village with Andalusian inspiration, having many patios much like in the south of Spain. However, it also blends other architectural styles within.
All throughout a walk in El Roc de Sant Gaietà you’ll be amazed with buildings and monuments of romantic, arabic, and gothic style, among others. This fusion makes the neighbourhood unique, and one of the main attractions of the area.
Nowadays tourist visits coexist with the neighbours living in El Roc de Sant Gaietà, and that’s why they request total respect while wandering the streets. There are also several shops and restaurants worth staying in for lunchtime.
What can you see in El Roc de Sant Gaietà?
During a stroll through El Roc de Sant Gaietà you’ll find several unique architectural elements, each one with a particular style. For instance, the Puerta Mora that gives access to the residential area, or the 2 Andalusian patios, Always filled to the brim with greenery.
The rocky area facing the Mediterranean Sea has spectacular overlooks, such as Roca Foradada. There you can observe the peculiar shape produced by the constant erosion of the waves, all throughout several centuries.
For the fans of radiotelephony, a visit to the Radio Museum of Luís del Olmo is indispensable. Located right at the core of El Roc de Sant Gaietà, you’ll be amazed at the private collection of up to 500 radiophonic devices, as well as getting to know better about the life of this renowned radio host.
Regarding food services, there’s a few restaurants offering traditional dishes of the region, filled with seafood and rice. It’s also worth mentioning the ice cream parlour Cal Sisquet, second place in the ice cream world. If you visit during summer, don’t hesitate to have a taste.
Getting a bit farther from El Roc de Sant Gaietà, the Roman arc of Roda de Barà makes for an interesting sight, a historical monument dating back to the Roman Empire. You can also walk across Camí de Ronda, a small trail by the shore of Torredembarra to delight in the Mediterranean Sea, and its beaches and coves within the area.