Cabo Roig Guide

Cabo Roig is a popular beach resort located in an area known as the Orihuela Costa on the Southern Costa Blanca of Spain.

Situated inbetween La Zenia to the north and Campoamor to the south, Cabo Roig is close to the major town of Torrevieja.

With fantastic weather and easy access to Murcia airport just 20 minutes drive south and Alicante airport 40 minutes drive to the north, no wonder Cabo Roig has become a popular place for holidaymakers and people owning second-homes as well as a growing permanent expat population.

The video below gives a great guided tour to the Orihuela Costa including Cabo Roig (the Cabo Roig section starts around the 11 minute mark):

Cabo Roig Beaches

Cabo Roig is known for its clean blue flag beaches and is popular for tourists from Northern Europe as well as the residents of the neighbouring region of Murcia who often flock to the beaches at the weekends.

Cabo-Roig-beachCabo Roig is a typical seasonal holiday destination busiest over the summer months of July and August and at its quietest in the winter.

Often it is May and October which are the best times to visit Cabo Roig as the weather is warm, not too hot and humid and not as busy as it becomes during the school holidays.

There are a few beaches one can visit while vacationing in Cabo Roig which are Playa Cala Capitan and Playa Cala Caleta which are clean and safe for children.

Also within easy walking distance are the beaches at La Zenia, Playa Flamenca and Campoamor. Make sure you visit the historic Cabo Roig watchtower.

Cabo Roig Marina

The Cabo Roig Marina is one of the best marinas on the popular Costa Blanca coastline. Located in an attractive area it has over two hundred mooring spaces, a restaurant and some other good facilities.

The eye-catching 16th century watchtower, around which Cabo Roig originally grew, is now part of a restaurant complex (The CR Restaurant) which overlooks the recently modernised marina.

An estimated 2 million euros was spent on the refurbishment of what is now one of the Costa Blanca’s most desirable mooring spots.

The marina is located by the well-known Cala Caleta beach and meandering above the marina is the pretty Cabo Roig to La Zenia cliff walk.

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Cabo Roig Marina

Things to Do and See in Cabo Roig

We have a great list below of thing to do in Cabo Roig and surrounding area. We especially focus on things to do for families with children as we know this is the majority of visitors who holiday in Cabo Roig, of course the beaches and water park nearby are your most obvious attractions.

For those that look to go on walking holidays Cabo Roig offers many walks on the cliff-tops.

Be sure to try out the well known cliff walk which runs from Cala Caleta beach to La Zenia beach;this is an ideal way to spend an evening during the bright summer months and will provide a very welcome cooling breeze on those hot muggy days. The walk offers some picturesque views of the sea and coastline and there are some interesting coves to explore along the way.

On a clear day it is possible to catch a glimpse of La Manga in the distance. There is often a cooling sea-breeze on the Costa Blanca which is badly needed during the hot summer days so walkers will be in their element.

To the south of Cabo Roig are Campoamor, Pilar de la Horadada, San Pedro del Pinatar and La Manga, all tourist resorts with fantastic blue beaches, great restaurants, shops and La Manga of course is famous for its golf-course, The La Manga Club.

Cabo Roig Strip

You are spoilt for choice with the fine cuisine and restaurants of Cabo Roig. With some restaurants winning Five Star awards, it’s no wonder that the locals choose to spend the warm evenings dining with their families in the resort.

cabo-roig-stripThere are a number of bars in the area which provide good quality, nightly entertainment for adults and children.

Most restaurants and bars are situated along the famous Cabo Roig Strip. This is covered in our nightlife page.

On the Cabo Roig restaurant and Cabo Roig bar and pub front the following come highly recommended Blu, Life Bar, Piranahs, VIP Lounge, Shalimar, The Loft, The Italian Affair, Listers, Asia Chic, Sinatra, Diablos Bar, The Cella, Some Place Else, Chiringuita, The Harley Bar, La Tasca, Green Chill, China Town, Ocean Spice, Bar Med, The Living Room, Bar Liquid, Flannigans, The Bay Tree, Happy Dayz, Reggies, Krazy Chris, Skala Club, Le Paradis, Kazbar, The Bushwacka, Shakira II, Blue Mesa, La Frontera, The Pasty Shack, Rubies, Listers, Bar Mono, The Trinity, The Bog Road, The Nut House, New World, The Queen Victoria, Smiling Jacks, The Wel, Paddy’s Point, Pharaoh’s Sports Bar, Maguires, Johnny B’s, Havana Bar, The Bistro, Wok Buffet, O’Donovans and La Bahia. As you can see there are plenty of nightlife options in Cabo Roig.

As an alternative to Cabo Roig try the Villamartin Plaza for more restaurants and entertainment 6 km away.

Tennis

If you are a tennis player the Cabo Roig Club lies next to the beach of Cala Capetan. The club has four hard courts, its own swimming pool, bar and restaurant. Qualified tennis coaching is also available.

Horse Riding

If horse riding is your hobby you can take a ride in the Spanish countryside, within a 5 minute car ride is The Ranch at Campoamor. There is also Club Hipco near Villamartin, El Rancho at Los Montesinos and El Refugio Guardamar.

Diving

If you are on holiday in Cabo Roig and interested in scuba diving, you can dive from Playa Flamenca under the supervision of  PADI professionals. For advanced divers they have trips to several exciting wrecks and the marine reserve. They also offer escorted dive trips from shore, boat diving and night diving in the warm Mediterranean waters. Contact: Scubaworld or telephone 0034 667057640.

Rio Safari Park

If you would like to take a day trip from Cabo Roig to a safari park the nearest one is in Elche where you can enjoy nature amongst 4,000 palm trees and take a ride on the mini train. Enjoy the aqua terrarium, aviary, crocodile land and all the different animal exhibitions. In summer you can splash in the swimming pool, visit the ice-cream parlour, picnic area and enjoy the speed of karting. Elche itself is famous for its thousands of palm trees. Website: http://www.riosafari.com/

A trip to the Rio Safari at Elche is a very rewarding experience and the kids will love feeding the animals and riding on the “train” through the park.

Excursions

Of course the local markets on the Costa Blanca are not to be missed, there is a huge one in Torrevieja on Fridays and one in Campoamor on Fridays.

Cabo Roig - Wine CellarWithin drivable distance to Torrevieja is also a water park called Aquapolis.

Torrevieja is also known for its superb promenade and restaurants and daily craft market, the fun fair and the new Habaneras shopping centre.

Torrevieja also boasts the biggest marina in Spain, has a large number of bowling greens and even offers hot air ballooning.

There are a number of historic Spanish cities within an hour’s drive of Cabo Roig – Murcia, Cartagena, Orihuela, Elche and Alicante. Also La Manga and the Mar Menor are well worth a visit.

There is also no need to drive all the way to Benidorm to visit Terra Natura/Aqua Natura as there is also now a Terra Natura (zoo) and Aqua Natura (water park) in Murcia also.

Aquópolis Water Park in nearby Torrevieja is not as large as Aqualandia in Benidorm but is a better option considering it is much less travelling time (look out for the offer of extra day for just €6 upon exit).

For roller-coasters and rides for all the family go to the Terra Mitica Theme Park in Benidorm.

For the ladies wanting to pick up some bargains and do a shopping excursion, there are two massive shopping malls in Murcia, including a massive Ikea and everybody’s favourite, Primark.

If you come to Cabo Roig with ailments why not take a medicinal bath in the waters of the lagoon at La Manga, which have curative properties, recommended for heart trouble, rheumatism & respiratory problems.



Another interesting day trip can be taken to the caves at Canelobre.

Font de Algar Natural waterfalls in the mountains, fantastic day out for all the family. Lifeguards on duty at the diving points. Picnic areas along the route and restaurant at the end.

Guadalest Hill top monastery North West of Benidorm, be brave and go right to the top. Take an extra layer with you if you are there after the sun goes down.

The Casino in Torrevieja (now a restaurant) very old and picturesque. Have a traditional Spanish breakfast and watch the bustle around the port.

Take a boat trip from Torrevieja port to Isla de Tabarca for the day.

La Encarnacion (Hotel/Spa/Restaurant) Los Alcazareas (Mar Menor) steeped in history, checkout the photos inside marking its past.

San Antonio (restaurant on stilts) in Los Alcazareas, enjoy a meal or a drink anytime on top of the water.

Los Alcazareas La Manga/Mar Menor Strip largest inland sea in Europe. Watersports etc. The water is always several degrees warmer than the Mediterranean.

Try this: with a car travel South on the AP7 following signs for El Algar then take the MU312 to Los Belonis and then follow signs for Parque Regional Calblanque following signs for beaches (Calblanque or Largo) all un commercialised and unspoilt, so take your own packed lunch. Fantastic beaches and coves.

Follow this with a short drive east on the MU 312 till you get to Cabo de Palos and stop for a meal at La Tana Restaurant followed by a drive up the La Manga strip or a boat trip by sail from Cabo de Palos port round the headland (2 hours).

Where To Stay – Accommodation

The local tourist office offers a service where they can help you find accommodation in Cabo Roig. There are hotels, pensions, apart-hotels and hostels.

Hotels

For instance for Cabo Roig hotels there is the Playamarina I and II aparthotel situated in the heart of the Cabo Roig ‘Strip’. Their two and three bedroom self-catering apartments are modern and well-equipped with everything you need.

Playamarina 1 Aparthotel

Playamarina 1 Aparthotel

Two-double Bedroom Holiday Apartment Sleeps 6 – Direct From the Owner

A beautiful, modern apartment with pool and jacuzzi in ‘The Jewel of the Costa Blanca’, this property is ‘beach-side’ of the N332 dual carriageway which makes getting to the beach much easier than properties situated on the other side of Cabo Roig with crossing points along the main road.

More info about the apartment is here.

Contact the owner Julie for more information on +44 (0)7968 856187 or email at caboroigapartment@hotmail.co.uk

playamarina 1 swimming pool

Playamarina 1 swimming pool

Try also the Calas de Campoamor Aparthotel or the Diamant Blue Aparthotel, in addition, a little bit further away you also have the La Zenia Hotel or the Montepiedra Hotel in nearby Campoamor.

Apartments

When looking for Cabo Roig apartments try the popular Lomas de Cabo Roig urbanization and the popular Aldeas de Aguamarina 1 urbanization in Cabo Roig on the Orihuela Costa, Costa Blanca, Spain.

Close to Cabo Roig is the Orihuela Costa Resort leisure complex with superb facilities including large swimming pool, tennis courts, gym, sauna, bars and restaurant.

Official Cabo Roig Tourist Information Office

Incredibly there is no official tourist office (oficina de turismo) in one of the Costa Blanca’s most popular resorts!

Hopefully this will change soon, in the meantime the nearest offices would appear to be in Playa Flamenca or Torrevieja.

These tourist centre offices can help you will local information such as maps, guides, brochures, help with accommodation and they can answer any questions you have about dates for festivals, fiestas, weather information, transport and airport transfers to Cabo Roig.

Moving to Cabo Roig

Cabo Roig is very much an international area with a mix of many nationalities, although mostly British and Irish.

This is a busy and lively area with all facilities and amenities you could possibly need within walking distance. It is a very developed area lacking in historic buildings and some may say, charm. You would not move here if you were looking to integrate and mix with the locals. They aren’t many of them for a start!

There are good possibilities for moving here if you are a young family and finding work. Of course most job vacancies will be fairly low-paid work in the many bars and restaurants but there are also opportunities to start your own business.

Can anyone suggest places where new arrivals can find work, perhaps job agencies, offices, bars, restaurants?

You could provide services to the large expat population and if you have a unique skill such as being able to do building maintenance, plumbing, electrician, builder etc then this would be a great help as many expats living in Cabo Roig prefer to deal with English-speaking workers.

We were certainly like to hear from anyone who has relocated from outside of Spain and who has moved to Cabo Roig and now lives there.

Are you happy?

Would you have chosen another location in Spain to move to in hindsight?

Is Cabo Roig safe?

What is the crime rate like compared to other areas or countries. We have heard of pickpockets in Benidorm and burglaries in Torrevieja – how does crime in Cabo Roig compare?

Cabo Roig Page Summary - Located on the popular Orihuela Costa section of the Southern Costa Blanca, Spain, Cabo Roig is an exclusive and beautiful resort. There are plenty of great beaches to enjoy in Cabo Roig and also a good variety of bars and restaurants. The popularity of the resort is reflected in the increasing number of tourists who come back year after year to enjoy the sun, sand, sea and sangria.

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