Visit Lloret de Mar
Lloret de Mar is one of the main resorts on Spain's popular Costa Brava coast in Catalonia.
Lloret de Mar is about 70 km north of Barcelona.
Visit Lloret de Mar, Spain
Lloret de Mar is one of the town's that suffered during Spain's headlong dash into mass tourism but it is trying to shake off its old image and there is a charming town which deserves exploring.
To discover the original Lloret de Mar head for the narrow streets of the old town and admire the colourful Sant Roma church whose brightly coloured tiles were an inspiration for later Modernist architects. It has an extraordinary collection of domes and turrets and all are covered with coloured tiles. It is a real treat.
Running along the edge of the beach is a long wide boulevard lined by mature palm trees - very pleasant for an evening's promenade. It has an interesting mix of Modernist and 19th century buildings to one side. This boulevard is built on land reclaimed from the sea. The Canaletes fountain which is on the Boulevard is an exact copy of the Canaletes fountain on the Rambles in Barcelona.
Another place to see Modernist design is Lloret de Mar's cemetery! The structures here are also influenced by the Americas as many people from this area set out to conquer the Americas and came back wealthy.
The Can Saragossa is one of the oldest farmhouses in the town and was given a Modernist face-lift in the 19th century and turned into a luxury home and then a hotel. It is now home to an exhibition of Iberian archeology.
Generally in Lloret you will find a quirky melange of old mansions and high-rise apartment blocks, though as you get away from the old centre this becomes a dedicated tourist resort ful of apartment blocks.
Lloret de Mar is hugely popular with young adults and it has one of Europe's highest concentrations of night clubs. On a night in the summer it is one huge party which pubs, clubs and discos. The area around Avenida Just Marles street is the area to head for if you are in a party mood.
Lloret has five main beaches, all of which have been awarded the blue flag for cleanliness. The best beaches are those slightly to the north and south of the town though the main beach, Playa Lloret is always the most packed, being the most convenient. If you venture a little further it is still possible to find charming coves and more secluded beaches. The Costa Brava really is a beautiful coastline as all along it are rocky cliffs and hidden sandy bays opening out in places to long sandy beaches.
High above Lloret de Mar's main beach is the statue 'monument to the fisherman' wife. From here you get great views of the beach, the town and the ocean.
On the end of the Sa Caleta beach is a lovely 'castle', the D'en Plaja Castle' which was built in the 1930/1940s. It is very picturesque.
The usual range of watersports are available from the beaches at Lloret de Mar.
Places to visit at Lloret de Mar
The medieval Castle of St Joan at Fanals was built in the 11th century to defend Lloret against attacks from the sea. Today only its tower remains but offers excellent views.
The Jardins de Santa Clotilde sit on a headland above the beaches. The gardens have been laid out in Modernist style and offer great views as well as peaceful gardens.
The Monument to the Fisherwoman's Wife is a large bronze statue erected above Lloret's beach in 1966 to commemorate Lloret de Mar's Millenium.
Peratallada, one of Spain's most beautiful villages is just a little north of Lloret de Mar.
Water World is a large water park on the edge of Lloret-del-Mar and it has a great selection of water rides, slides and pools.
Marineland is one of the best marine parks in Europe and has daily dolphin, sealion and exotic-bird shows. It also has a waterpark with lots of different slides including the 'Boomerang' a near vertical drop in a dinghy. Marineland is at Palafolls a short distance down the coast from Lloret de Mar. In the summer there is a free bus service from Lloret de Mar to Marineland.
There are the remains of an Iberian settlement to be seen at Puig de Castellet. It dates back to the 3rd century BC.
Be sure not to miss the Santa Clotilde gardens. These are set on top of a hill overlooking the sea and the views are fabulous. The gardens are laid out in a lovely Italian Renaissance style with lots of tall, thin cyprus trees and clipped hedges.