Area information about Rojales
Rojales is a municipality in the province of Alicante and belongs to the autonomous community Valencia in the south east of Spain, on the Costa Blanca.
Rojales has a small population of around 16.560 people (2018), most of whom live in the Ciudad Quesada urbanization (11,450). Between 2009 and 2019 other parts (Benimar, Quesada Golf, Pueblo Lucero, Doña Pepa, Lo Pepin, Pueblo Bravo) of Rojales have grown enormously and make Rojales what it is today.
Rojales is the second Spanish city with the highest percentage of foreigners after San Fulgencio (neighbouring city), which make up 71.75% of the registered population.
Rojales is a favourite with a number of overseas residents because it retains the hallmarks of a traditional Spanish village. Rojales is located in the southern part of the Costa Blanca and is just a short distance inland from the coastal area of Guardamar del Segura.
Rojales is a typical agricultural village. The River Segura flows through the centre of Rojales and it has played an important role in the development of the village.
In order to optimize production, farmers have specialized in citrus fruits that account for no less than 70% of the total agricultural land. The harvest is imported to different countries so that this sector supports the economy.
Rojales also boasts a number of traditional cave homes, as well as a number of urbanisations in the residential area surrounding the village centre, which are known for their pretty layouts and good communal facilities.
Torrevieja is only 15 minutes’ drive from Rojales and there are plenty of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities there.
The Commercial centres of La Zenia Boulevard (Orihuela Costa) and Aljub (Elche) are only 20 minutes away.
Rojales can trace its history back to the Bronze Age. Under Moorish rule it became a fortified settlement and further developed during the medieval period into an area known for its prosperity due to an expansion of the irrigation network that included a water wheel, locks and irrigation canals. The river has always been important to Rojales and enabled the growth of market gardening in the area. Today most local markets are supplied with produce from the farms that opened in the 19th century.
In the town centre there is the Church of the Apostle Peter, which is worth a visit for its eclectic architecture, a local museum and a lovely village square where residents sit and watch the world go by.
The nearby cave houses are great places to explore. These old houses were dug out of the rocks during the 18th to 20th centuries. The cave houses are an attraction thanks to their local art displays and there is the Casa de las Conchas; a house covered with millions of shells on the inside and outside.
The Parque Natural de las Lagunas de la Mata y Torrevieja, on the outside borders of Rojales is home to the lagoons of La Mata and Torrevieja. These are protected nature reserves of great ecological value. The pink and green of the salt water also have a wealth of vegetation and wildlife including flamingos and other birds. There is also an information centre explaining the importance of the lagoons and it is generally considered as a great place for a pleasant walk. From the centre of Torrevieja the lagoons can be visited with a tourist train.
Rojales is just a 10-minute drive away from the fabulously sandy beaches of Guardamar and 15 minutes from Torrevieja’s and La Mata’s beaches.
Rojales residents are served by Alicante airport, which is 36 km from Rojales and takes just over 30 minutes to drive either way. The journey is fastest on the AP-7 motorway, but alternative routes using the N-332 and CV-851 are only marginally slower. There are bus transfer services from Alicante airport and a taxi service. There is a local bus service for journeys around the Rojales area and from the bus stop at the entry of Ciudad Quesada there is a daily bus service to Benidorm.
Murcia’s Corvera airport is another option for Rojales residents and the journey time is similar to that of driving to Alicante. Private transfer services are available for both airports.
Sport and leisure
The local golf course, Campo de Golf La Marquesa opened in 1989. It is an 18-hole course designed by Justo Quesada. Beautifully landscaped with palm-fringed greens, the club also has a restaurant and a golf pro shop where players can buy their equipment. The Rojales Aqua Park offers plenty of entertainment with its different adventure and recreational water activities, including the Magic Carpet, Kamikaze, Zigzag, and a pool for children, plus a cafeteria. The Quesada Country and Bowls Club is in the Cuidad Quesada are of Rojales. It features a bowls alley as well as a restaurant.
There is a municipal sports hall, theatre, aquapark, a very beautiful nature reserve (El Recoral) where you can make free use of covered BBQs.
The annual festivals (Moors and Christians) are held in the month of July. They include a week of festivities with parades, lots of fireworks, fairs, and “Las barracas”(outdoor disco’s) to dance trough the nigh, having a drink and a bite to eat.
There is a large health centre in central Rojales. Another favourite with residents is the Doña Pepa health centre in Ciudad Quesada, which also goes by the name ‘Lo Marabú health centre’. Some doctors and medical staff do speak English, but if you are concerned, always take a translator with you. These are both state run health centres. The nearest hospitals are the private Hospital Quirón, Torrevieja and the public University Hospital of Torrevieja. Both hospitals are open 24/7, as is the Rojales health centre, so all medical emergencies are covered.
There are no international schools in Rojales or Ciudad Quesada, but at short distance are Phoenix International School in San Miguel de Salinas and El Limonar International School in Villamartín The local schools in Rojales are all state-funded and Spanish speaking and cover early years to high school graduation. Ciudad Quesada offers a renowned Norwegian School.
Rojales has 10 good-sized supermarkets as well as a variety of local shops and a number of banks. On Thursdays it has a bustling weekly market in the town centre and people come from far and wide to buy fresh produce and an assortment of other products. Either Alicante, Elche, Murcia, or the famous shopping centre La Zenia Boulevard are the places to go for bigger stores and international brands.
Rojales’ restaurants include tapas bars, cafes, and pubs, including several English, Irish, Belgian and Dutch bars and restaurants. There are some lively discos in the Los Palacios area of the village. Residents who want to enjoy a drink while having a good view of the golf course should try one of the many bars surrounded by the golf course. They serve different ciders as well as a range of international Beers.
Ciudad Quesada’s main street is always busy throughout the year, and offers a wide range of bars and restaurants with daily live entertainment.
Rojales also has several hotels such as Hotel Costa Blanca Resort or La Laguna Golf & Spa hotel (*****), ranging from cheap to very luxurious.