Lloret de Mar Costa Brava, Spain
I first visited Lloret De Mar when I was 15. This, in fact, was only my second time abroad; my first was to Fuerteventura, and still today my most favourite place to be.
When I arrived in Lloret I was surprised at how busy it actually was. Back then almost 25 years ago the town was a very lively holiday destination, but not just for the party animals that wanted to dance on down until dawn, there were also plenty that would entertain families as young as two years old.
The days are simple in Lloret, enjoy a slow stroll to the beach with an ice cream, or a walk over to the Castle D’en Plaja, you’re never short of what to do, even when I was fifteen.
The shops and restaurants line the coastline, offering everything from a small pair of dancing shoes to a fabulous three-course dinner fit for a king.
Today Lloret is even more so commercialised, twenty-five years is a long time, but will Lloret leave a sparkle in your eyes once your home again, yes it will!
Lloret is a special place; I will always have fond memories of my time there. I thought that I would give you a small introduction to Lloret De Mar, so you can make your own mind up.
Lloret is a Mediterranean beach town in Costa Brava, Spain only 75 Kilometres away from Barcelona. So if you fancy checking out Barcelona too then you’re in the right spot for bus connections.
Barcelona is one hour and fourteen minutes by car (we have used Avis car hire) and roughly the same via a bus, although a few more stops may make the journey slightly longer.
As said on Wikipedia, the population of Lloret is 37 000 people. The small coastal city is characterised by crystal blue waters, a castle that sits on top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, and mountains that border the city.
If you find yourself in Barcelona and want to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Lloret de Mar is your destination.
Even though it is a resort destination, you can still go there in September or even November. It’s truly got something for everyone all times of the year.
What to see and do Whether you are looking for a relaxing day at the beach, a full day of sightseeing, or a wild night out, Lloret has it all. Just take a look at all there is to do for yourself!
What’s more beautiful than a medieval castle…than a medieval castle on the ocean? (well, technically it is not medieval as it was built in the 1930s, but it does look like one).
Castell d’en Plaja is located right next to Lloret Beach. Take a walk up to the top of the castle over the very pretty pathways and get a breath-taking view of the city.
It’s inevitable that if you go to Lloret, you have to check out the beach. Spend the entire day soaking up the hot sun and swimming in the crystal-clear blue water, or grab a cocktail and tapas at one of the many beachfront restaurants.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, look no further than one of the water sports stands that offer everything from water tubing and banana boating, to jet skiing and boats with built-in slides for the kids.
Just make sure you bring your sunscreen, as the Spanish sun gets scorching hot between the hours of 2 pm and 5 pm!
This beautiful church situated in the centre of town is characterized by its colourful dome roof and unique architecture.
The Byzantine styles architecture will make you stop in your path and stare so don’t worry about missing this one unknowingly! You can go inside for free, but keep in mind that it is an actively used city church, so be mindful of the locals.
Santa Clotilde Gardens
Take a peaceful getaway from the streets, at the Santa Clotilde Gardens. These beautiful gardens are located on top of a hill, full of beautifully kept greenery, including all types of exotic plants and flowers.
Pack a picnic, and settle down in the greenery with a view of the ocean, or take a photography walk and capture the beautiful nature around you.
The entrance fee is 5€ unless you are a student, a pensioner etc. Not bad at all for a tranquil walk that will revive your senses.
Waterworld Aqua Park
If you’re travelling with the kids (or just have a young, adventurous spirit), then you must make it to Lloret de Mar Waterpark!
Enjoy a day of excitement, splashes, laughs, and childish behaviour. Grab a tube and slide down one of the high speed, swirly water slides, or cool down in the Olympic size pool. Whatever takes your fancy you’re sure to be queuing back up for more of it.
How to Get To Lloret De Mar
Depending on where you are arriving from, there will be most probably 2 ways: from Barcelona and from Girona. The nearest airports to Lloret are Barcelona (75 km) and Girona airports (30 km). I flew into Girona Airport by Thomson Airways, great service all the way.
From Barcelona city centre
By Bus – You can take Sarfa bus.
By train – no direct connection to Lloret. From Terminal 2 of Barcelona Airport take the train to Sants Estació, and then change to R1 to Blanes. In Blanes there is a bus every 30 minutes from Blanes to Lloret de Mar, departing every 30 minutes between 7:00 to 23:40. The bus takes 20 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 6, 15€ for the train, and 1, 85€ for the bus (total 8€).
By car – The official website says “Travelling northwards from Barcelona, take the coastal C-32 motorway as far as Palafolls and then drive the last 12 km along the N-II and G-682 roads to Blanes and on to Lloret.
From Barcelona airport
By bus – it stops in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Price – 12,90€
By car – by motorway to Lloret de Mar – Exit 9 AP7 (60 minutes)
From Girona city centre
By bus – Take the bus Sarfa at the Airport to Lloret de Mar (Sarbus). This service is offered together with Sagales, and the departures are at 8:50, 10:00, 11:50, 14:30, 15:30, 18:00, 20:20 and 23:20. The bus is approximately 35 minutes and costs 10 Euros. Purchase the tickets on the bus.
From Girona airport
By bus – Sarba bus again will be good for you, search for the right time, always plan ahead.
Airport transfer – if you are travelling in 2 or more, you can take Viatges Anubis for 12€ per person, but remember to book it at least 3 days in advance by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By car – by motorway to Lloret de Mar – Exit: 9 AP7 (20 minutes)
Where to Stay In Lloret De Mar
There is a huge range of hotels in Lloret de Mar from hostels for party animals to posh hotels with luxury service.
If you’re looking for a little TLC from your hotel I would choose the Hotel H·TOP Royal Beach. H·TOP Hotels & Resorts Group is a business leader in Spain in the holiday All Inclusive hotel sector and the first private hotel chain in Catalonia*.
They have more than 35 years of experience, the chain owns 19 magnificently located hotels, strategically positioned next to the most beautiful beaches in the main destinations of the Costa Brava, Costa Barcelona and Costa Daurada.
A 5-minute walk from Playa de Fanals beach, this relaxed hotel is 1.9 km from Museum of the Sea and 6 km from Marimurtra Botanical Garden.
Featuring private balconies, the low-key rooms also have free Wi-Fi, TVs with satellite channels and desks.
Amenities include a casual restaurant, a bar, and a TV lounge, plus a terrace, a garden, and a rooftop patio. There’s also an outdoor pool with a kids’ section, as well as a garden and a game room. Enjoy the Rooftop bar sun lounge area and hot tubs.
This Hotel is reasonably priced, offering use of many facilities, and a relaxed stay, with all you need close by.
Or if you’re into something a little more out of the way, and a sense of well-being then check out this place, Hotel Rigat Park&Spa a truly amazing hotel that will leave you breathless.
Set in a Spanish-style villa, this elegant, beachfront hotel and spa is 1.8 km from Museu Del Mar and 3.9 km from Pinya de Rosa Botanical Gardens.
Plush rooms feature classic Moorish-style decor, tiled floors, and dark wood furnishings, and come with free Wi-Fi, minibars, and TVs. Some have oak-beamed ceilings. Upgraded rooms and balconies and garden or sea views, while suites offer living rooms with fireplaces. Room service is available.
Free perks include breakfast and parking. There are 2 bars, plus a beachfront bistro and a sophisticated restaurant with a terrace. There’s also an outdoor pool, and a spa with an indoor pool and a sauna to take away any stress you may have whilst being away on holiday.
As you have read there are lots to see and do in Lloret, I’m sure once you have been it will leave a special place in your heart always, but if Lloret is not up your alley, then check out Barcelona a magnificent city that will blow your mind!