We didn’t even know what to do in Roc de Sant Gaietà the first time we arrived here. Neither that because of job reasons we will end up living around it. This was our last step on our first Vuelta a España – a Spanish tour travel series. El Roc de Sant Gaietà is not a historic village, it is a bit of fantasy worked out creating a village, located in Roda de Berá.
El Roc de Sant Gaietà was built between 1964 and 1972. A Spanish-Belgian company bought several estates to build the urbanization with the idea of building a fishing village on the rocks.
Indeed, soon, they started to build apartment houses on the seafront, but very special ones, with Andalusian courtyards and Romanesque, Arabic, and Gothic ornaments. In the sixties and seventies, this kind of ideal imitation of traditional patterns was very appreciated.
Currently, to have a stroll into the narrow cute streets of El Roc de Sant Gaietà is just a delight. There are beautiful small squares around and awesome mysterious corners. Some tiny shops, an ice-cream seller, and a huge restaurant try to overcome the pandemic struggle. In addition, some rules are warning the tourists to respect the silence that the few locals living there deserve.
There is still nowadays a pier, which is still in operation, and an old Maritime Club that currently is a culture center called “La Roca Foradada Civic Center”.
Luis del Olmo Radio Museum
Located in the beautiful setting of Roc de Sant Gaietà (Roda de Berà), the Radio Museum “Luis del Olmo” consists of more than 540 devices of different styles and periods from 1820 to the present, as well as awards granted to the radio journalist throughout his career. All the devices belong to the private collection of Luis del Olmo, pieces that the journalist has given to the City Council for the creation of this museum. It was inaugurated on June 9, 2012, and expanded with one more floor in July of 2019. This is the first radio museum promoted by the journalist in Catalonia and the second in Spain, after the “Museo de la Radio Luis del Olmo” in Ponferrada was inaugurated in 2003. The museum also has a room dedicated to the architect and artist Josep Maria Jujol (a close collaborator of Gaudí). There are 6 chandeliers and a polychrome wrought iron crucifix on display, among other information about the artist.
Where to stay in El Roc de Sant Gaietà
The hotels in this area have barely handled the pandemic crisis. There is still the overpriced La Estrella del Mediterraneo, with private beach and comfortable nice rooms with good sea views. On a lower budget, you can rent out on the most popular platforms many particular houses around. The prices depend on the location and the condition of the property.
Where to eat and drink
Cal Sisquet – The restaurant is overlooking the beach and this is probably the best asset of the place. The food is good but the service is not overcoming the average. Since it’s not cheap probably they have a framework of improvement there. They are experts on seafood but in addition, they have been prized because of their ice-creams.
Choko Restaurant – They have popular tapas and paella. The staff is friendly and the views are nice. It is a very good option to enjoy a meal in Roc de Sant Gaietà.
Calafate Roda -It is located just in front of the rock, next to the parking lot. The owner is a friendly person who tries to make you feel comfortable with humor. The food is good, the prices reasonable and the views are excellent.
La Llesqueria del Roc – It’s next to the Tobacco store, in front of the parking lot. It has a nice terrace and the atmosphere is cozy. It is a perfect place for breakfast since their toast and sandwiches are really nice.
How to get to El Roc de Sant Gaietà
Going by car is the fastest and easiest way to get there. The town is about 75km from Barcelona, taking an hour to get there, by either the AP-7 Highway or the C-32. From Tarragona. on the AP-7 highway, it is about 25km and 20 minutes. Therefore, Roc de Sant Gaietà is the perfect day excursion either from Barcelona or from Tarragona. Right in front of the urbanization there is a parking lot. It will be easier for you to find a space in this car park if you do not arrive at the rush hour to eat or if you go off season. Last 2020, it was not allowed to park in the parking lot if you were not resident in the neighborhood.
By public transport, it will be more difficult to get to Roc de Sant Gaietà. The closest train stations are Roda de Berà train station and Sant Vicenç de Calders Train Station in Coma-Ruga. Both of them, are almost one hour walking from Roc de Sant Gaietà. You can also take Autocars Penedès if you want to try the bus slow adventure experience of taking a bus to move around.