In 2010 Boyfriend and I went to Rota, Spain for eight days. We’d booked a package holiday to keep things easy and stayed at a hotel by the beach. Our hotel, the Playa de la Luz wasn’t located in the “center” (I use ” ” because Rota isn’t big at all) of Rota, but you could easily walk there by foot following the beach.
I normally don’t like to stay somewhere where there isn’t much to do in the surroundings, but at this hotel, we truly got to enjoy each other’s company without being bothered by anything else. And we did take a lot of day trips from Rota, which I’ll tell you about after showing you our room.
Hotel Playa de la Luz
We had a huge room divided into a living area, a separate bathroom and a bedroom.
Outside our hotel room, located in a quiet corner of the domain on the ground floor, was a lawn with beach chairs. Each room had two chairs and there were even some extras for the taking. It was very nice to be able to crash in the sun just outside our room with everything we needed nearby.
The pool was situated in another part of the hotel, where the bar and the entrance to the restaurant were. The most delicious breakfast buffet and dinner were served at the main restaurant while you could order some snacks or lunch at the pool bar or at a third bar by the beach.
The hotel also had a sun deck by the beach, but we didn’t spend a lot of time there because there usually was a lot of wind.
Rota and its surroundings
We did, however, take a lot of walks. There was some kind of small park that started at our hotel and stretched along the coastline with a path leading through it. It was great for an evening walk or to shelter from the wind or the sun. In the other direction, you could follow the beach all the way to the center of Rota. Rota itself is really small and you won’t spend more than two hours here, but it’s nice to stroll through the small alleys and watch the locals go about their daily business.
Day trips from Rota, Spain
Although there isn’t much to be seen in Rota, the town is a great departure point to visit other, more famous cities like Cadiz and Sevilla.
We went to Sevilla for a day with a tour bus. This was a big mistake. The lady organizing the trip led us to believe that it would be very difficult to find a parking spot in Sevilla and that going by bus would be so much easier.
It took us ages to get to Sevilla by bus. On top of that, we didn’t get enough time to spend in the city and the guide on the bus kept explaining all kinds of things in German (they forgot to tell us we’d be on a bus full of Germans).
Now, of course, I don’t have anything against German, but when you’re used to going somewhere by car, quietly, at your own speed, and you then end up in a bus with a tour guide who keeps rambling on in a language you don’t understand…
But entirely our own fault, as I admit. I hope to get back to Sevilla one day to spend some more time there because I think that’s what it deserves.
We made another day trip to Cadiz. To get there we hopped on some kind of river bus, taken daily by locals and students who attend the university of Cadiz. However, when the sea is too wild the boat might not run or might only do a part of its normal route. This happened to us. We first had to take the bus to another harbor and then got to take the boat from where the waters were calmer.
Other day trip possibilities include Tarifa, Gibraltar and even Faro (Portugal) isn’t that far away.
I’m sorry I don’t have any more pictures to show you. They seem to have been displaced in the chaos that is the content of my laptop…
Where to stay in Rota
We stayed at the Playa de la Luz, which we loved.
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