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Rota is a town situated in the south western part of Andalucia near to the bay of cadiz. It boasts 16 km. of sparkling yellow sand, and cooling Atlantic breezes. It is a holiday destination worth exploring. It also serves as a good home base for short visits to nearby Jerez, Sanlucar , Acros de la Frontera, or perhaps a day trip to Ronda, the birthplace of modern bullfighting.
Two popular beaches are “Chorillo” and “Rompidillo” having less wind and much more tranquil waters than their counterpart, “Playa de Costillo”. If you happen to arrive early in February you better prepare for a wild few days. This is carnival time in Rota with mind blowing processions surrounded by tourists and locals letting their hair down during this fun filled event. The hard work of designing the many floats and brightly coloured costumes will have commenced shortly after the last years carnival. It takes many months of inventive thought and preparation to design and present even more spectacular designs than the previous ones.
It is quite lively in the evenings with most of the bars situated around the La Costilla area of the centre and the discos located on the other side of the dockyard at “Chorillo Beach”. Soak up the atmosphere as you amble around the old town with its quaint little plazas and narrow streets. There are plenty of shops selling a wide variety of merchandise. Or take a stroll around the beachside promenades with their various cafes where you can enjoy a leisurely drink and watch the sun setting.
In the Plaza Bartolome Perez you can see the “Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la 0” and the “Castillo de Luna”.The plaza is named after a citizen of Rota who sailed with Christopher Columbus during his second voyage of discovery.
If you are a golf enthusiast you can play at the Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club. It has 27 championship holes and another 9 holes par 3 course.
It is also home to the Rota naval base and military airport, which is presently shared between American and Spanish armed forces.