Lloret De Mar
Lloret De Mar is one of Spain’s most beautiful beach towns. With its warm Mediterranean climate and extensive beach, the town has lots to offer for those who are looking for an escape in the sunshine. The town sits on the stunning Costa Brava coastline. It is just 80 kilometers from Barcelona airport and 30 kilometers from Girona airport. Due to its ease of access and beautiful scenery, Lloret De Mar has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain.
What to do:
The highlight of Lloret De Mar is its beach, which is over 1.5 kilometers long. Along the beach you will find some charming restaurants, as well as many water sports activities such as sea kayaking and sailing. The beaches here are all very safe for families, with sandy shores and clear blue waters. If you wish to explore more of the coastline and its beaches, there are several walking trails from Lloret De Mar. These trails lead to many smaller and more secluded beaches, perfect for those who wish to get away from the bustle of the town. One of these beaches is Santa Cristina, located very nearby. This beach has rocky coves that can be explored on foot or even by swimming to them. The quietest beach, which is furthest away from the town, is called Canyelles.
In addition to the beaches, Lloret De Mar has many other attractions. Don’t miss the Santa Clotilde gardens, a tranquil space where you can see local flora as well as fabulous views of the beach below. These gardens were built in the style of the Italian Renaissance and are home to many fountains and statues. Walking round the gardens takes between one and two hours, and provides the perfect break from the busy beaches and town below.
If you wish to discover more about the history of Lloret De Mar, pay a visit to the Maritime Museum that is situated in the centre of the old town. In this museum you can find out more about the seafaring history of the town. The museum tells the story of the part that the town played in coastal trading in the Mediterranean, as well as those that sailed from there across the Atlantic. The building itself is one of the town’s last surviving examples of an Indiano house – those who left Spain for Cuba or the West Indies to make their fortunes.
Other spectacular buildings not to miss include the Sant Pere del Bosc, an old Benedictine monastery that is situated 5km from Lloret De Mar and dates back to the 10th century. In addition, pay a visit to the parish church of Santa Romà, one of the most prominent landmarks of the town. The church was built in the early 1500s and is an example of early Catalan Gothic architecture.
There are many fun activities for the thrill seekers that come to Lloret De Mar. Water World, one of the largest water parks in Europe, caters for children and adults alike. With a frenzy of water slides, rapids, wave pools and toboggan rides, this park is sure to satisfy even the bravest of visitors. In addition to larger rides, there are many more gentle activities in the park for younger children. Other activities that can be found in the town include horse riding, golf, cycling and tennis.
Where to eat and drink:
The town is home to a wide variety of bars, cafes and restaurants. If you are looking for authentic Spanish and Mediterranean food, head over to La Parrilla. The restaurant dishes up fantastic local delicacies and incredibly fresh fish (the restaurant is located 100 metres from the ocean). The paella here comes highly recommended. Other excellent Spanish cuisine restaurants include Ca L’enric, Sa Xarxa and El Romani.
If you’re looking for great cocktails and a view of the ocean, pay a visit to Voramar Beach Bar. The cocktails here are the best in town, all brightly coloured and stacked high with fresh fruit. The atmosphere here is fun but also relaxed, where you can sit and watch the world go by or catch a beautiful Mediterranean sunset. Other recommended bars are BB+ and Bar Pirata.