Rota | Source: Texts: Patronato Provincial de Turismo. Photo: Ayuntamiento de Rota.
It is a place of many different cultures and civilizations; it has been declared a Historic site. Old arches and narrow streets of whitewashed houses make up the urban layout of this beautiful village, where you can savor a cuisine intimately linked to the countryside and the sea.
The most notable building in the town is the Castillo de Luna (moon castle), built in the 18th century by Guzman el Bueno on an ancient Arabic Ribat in the 13th century. It is rectangular and has five crenellated towers, the main ones being the Alianza and the Homenaje. It features an original courtyard from the 15th century with a beautiful arched gallery and pictorial socles (zócales). Remains of the walls that defended the town are also conserved from the 12th to 15th century, among them are the gates: Puerta de Regla or of Chipiona; the Puerta de Sanlúcar; and Puerta del Mar or del Muelle. Other buildings of interest include the Church of Nuestra Señora de la O (16th century), the Chapel of la Caridad (next to the Plaza del Reloj), the Merced Tower, San Roque Church and the Casa de la Cilla.
This cosmopolitan city is characterized for its atmosphere and entertainment, with loads of possibilities for leisure that multiply during the summer season. In this season the popular Feria de la Urta (Urta fair) and the Flamenco Festival starts.
Its 16 Km. of beaches (La Costilla, El Rompidillo or Punta Candor) and its natural areas are ideal for both to enjoying a day of sun and bathing, as for practicing water sports and active tourism.