Then the tourism boom started on the Costa Brava. With tourism the village expanded. Nowadays the urbanisation reaches way out of Roses. Mountains and the surrounding bays became the summer domicile for many people from the city and Northern Europe.
In Roses live about 15.000 inhabitants permanently, among those many foreigners, who have found a livelihood or spend their pensionist days here. During the summer the amount of inhabitants in town rises to approximately 90.000. Then there is a lively atmosphere on the beaches and in the small bays of Roses.
There is an unbroken demand for real estate on the steep hilly sides of Roses.
The wild coast scenario of the bay of Roses is best seen from the lighthouse by foot on "Camí de Ronda".
The lighthouse of Roses was equipped with a 500 watt light in 1921. 38 metres away from the sea, his light shines night after night near the rock "La Bateria". The lighthouse is situated a little beneath the fortification of Trinitat – a military installation from the 16th century, which is being restored at the moment.
Just off the coast of Canyelles Petites a small island, built from different cliffs, the so-called Brancs, juts out from the sea. Seagulls and cormorants dry their feathers here in the sun. Within the Canyelles Petites you can find the only 5 * Hotel of the Northern Costa Brava- the "Vistabella” with its exquisite restaurant "Els Brancs".
Between the Canyelles- and the Almadrava-beach two rocks reach into the sea- the “Punta de l’Omella“ and the “Punta de l’Ullastrell“.
The final destination on our small hike is the bay of Almadrava with its 400 metres long sandy beach. "Almadrava” or in Spanisch "Almadraba” is the expression for a special fishnet, which is used for the fishing of tuna.
The demand for real estate properties on the hillsides close to Roses continues to be strong. Real estate agents offer both luxury villas and apartments with sea view and provide a wide range of choice from second-hand properties to be renovated to modern, new construction projects with excellent equipment, pool and great sea view. Particularly demanded are holiday homes and villas / apartments in front sea line along the small bays.