Roda is an inland village 3 km from Mar Menor, the natural lagoon created by the La Manga strip in Costa Calida. The town of Roda is located next to the coastal spa town of Los Alcázares, a former fishing village in the province of Murcia, south-eastern Spain.
The journey time from Región de Murcia International Airport to Roda Resort is approximately 29 minutes.
The region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection from the surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees and on average it can boast 325 sunny days each year, making it an ideal holiday destination all year-round.
Amenities and facilities in Roda
Roda is a small village with a number of restaurants and bars with a great family feel. There is a large selection of shops, cafes, restaurants, lively bars and discos in the local towns in this very popular tourist destination. The village of Roda has been attracted Irish holidaymakers for many years.
The region of Costa Calida offers guests an endless variety of sports and leisure activities, tennis and paddling close by along the Mar Menor. Hire a bike and enjoy the local scenery or enjoy a walk along the beautiful sandy beaches in this region.
There a several markets that take place in the local towns and villages along the Costa Calida selling local fruit, vegetable and handmade crafts. Murcia is incredibly fertile, and produces an array of fresh fruit and vegetables so the market is a real treat for self-catering guests.
If you are a fish lover you will relish the variety of seafood from the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean, served in the local restaurants and available to buy in the supermarkets close to your Spanish self-catering accommodation.
For a real treat taste the local wines from Jumilla and Yecla, known for their earthy, full bodied, rounded and fruity flavours.
How to get to Roda in Costa Calida
To reach Roda from Ireland you can either fly into Alicante Airport which is a 1 hour 6-minutes drive away (94 km) or Región de Murcia International Airport is a 29-minute drive (34 km).
Región de Murcia International Airport, informally also known as Murcia-Corvera, is an international airport replacing Murcia–San Javier Airport. It is situated between the villages of Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises within the municipality of Murcia.
There are a range of different airport transfer options to Roda including private shuttle buses, taxis or car hire.
Day trips from Roda
Visit Murcia for its excellent selection of shops, live theatres or visit the many historical landmarks of Cartagena. Hire a car and discover the alluring countryside and mountains of the region.
The port city and naval base of Cartagena is a 28-minute drive from Roda. Founded by the Carthaginians around 220 B.C., the city boomed during the Roman period. Among its many Roman ruins are a 1st-century B.C. theater and Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics. The Muralla Púnica (Punic Wall) interpretation center houses the remains of a 3rd-century B.C. defensive wall.
Cabo de Palos is 29 minutes from Roda dotted with quiet coves and lapped by the crystal-clear sea. The sea bed has been designated an Integral Marine Reserve for its exceptional beauty and excellent state of conservation, and is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in Spain.
Calblanque Regional Park or Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Águila is a 32-minute drive from Roda, a regional park in Spain. The park is located in the municipalities of Cartagena and La Unión and it is part of Sierra Minera, a mountain chain in the Baetic System. Calblanque Regional Park, which has been a Protected Natural Area since 1987 and Nature Reserve since 1992. It covers an area of 2400 hectares and has 13 kilometres of coastline. Within its boundaries is an awe-inspiring collection of wonderful sand beaches, sandbanks, arid hills, cliff tops and salt flats all of great ecological value.
Sierra Mineras is a 20-minute drive from Roda an area which had been mined since pre-historic times right up to the mid-20th century. The mine shafts, wheels, tunnels, trains, tracks and equipment have simply been abandoned. Discover the beautiful colours of the exposed minerals makes for an interesting day trip.
Nearest beach to Roda
Roda is a 9-minute drive from the glorious beaches of the Mediterranean and Mar Menor.
The local seaside town of Los Alcazares derives from the Arabic word ´Al Kazar´, meaning ‘palace’ or ´house of nobles’. These were buildings that were constructed by the Moors for their holidays and relaxation where they enjoyed the ancient Roman Baths. Thermal baths, which have existed since Roman times in the town, are still there today. The bay is especially well known for visitors with rheumatic, arthritic and skin problems, as there is an area of the beach where you find a natural mud bath, which supposedly gives therapeutic results, which compare to those of the Black Sea.
All the local beaches along the Mar Menor are connected by a superb promenade, fully equipped with showers, fountains, access for the handicapped, and also a host of activities such as water sports and beach games.
From the wild dunes to the south, to the gently sloping safe beaches of the Mar Menor, the choice of beaches is almost endless. The Mar Menor is often a little warmer than the Mediterranean due to its shallow waters.
There is a selection of water sports which can be enjoyed all along the Mar Menor and Mediterranean coastline.
Golf holidays in Roda
Our self-catering holiday homes and villas in Roda are located within the ground of Roda Golf Resort or closeby. Another option is the famous La Manga Beach Club and Golf is a 33-minute drive from Roda, one of the best sports resorts in the world. The resort is home to three 18-hole golf courses, each with its own particular style, the North Course, designed by the renowned Robert Dean Putman in 1971, the South Course, designed by Putman and later remodelled by Arnold Palmer and the West Course, designed by Dave Thomas in 1991. Plus, there is a pitch & putt course, which was designed by Severiano Ballesteros in 1980. The magnificent golf facilities also include one of the best Golf Practice Centres in Europe, and the new Golf Academy, Roda Golf Training Centre.
Golf enthusiasts can also venture further afield and visit the numerous golf courses in the region including Club Golf Villamartín, Real Club de Golf Campoamor Resort and Ramblas Golf courses all within a short drive from your self-catering holiday home in Roda.
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