Lloret de Mar is a bustling resort on the Costa Brava
Lloret de Mar is a thriving beach resort located on the Costa Brava in Catalonia, some 75 kilometers from Barcelona, this busy holiday town is one of Spain's most popular budget package holiday destinations.
However, Lloret isn’t all ‘sun, sand and sangria’ as past inhabitants including the Romans left many beautiful landmarks and legacies in the town's historical record.
The town has over a dozen of historical sites to visit, including chapels, sanctuaries, museums and ancient settlements.
Lloret de Mar offers a huge range of accommodation from luxury to budget and a vibrant night-life which attracts an 18-30s crowd from many countries.
There are a number of long golden sandy blue flag beaches, the largest one of them being nearly two kilometers long.
5 Interesting facts about the area
- The region of Catalonia has its own culture which they are fiercely proud of. They even have their own language but don’t panic and think those Spanish lessons have gone to waste as they also speak Castillian Spanish.
- The town is just a short drive from Barcelona, a city you must visit when in Spain.
- The Costa Brava is one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Spain and its name translates to Wild Coast.
- The great Spanish painter Salvador Dali was born in Catalonia in the town of Figueres a short drive from Lloret.
- Lloret de Mar is considered to be the party capital of the Costa Brava and has a buzzing nightlife which puts many other resorts to shame.
Family holiday fun in Lloret de Mar
Lloret de Mar is the ideal place to enjoy family holidays, holidaymakers are attracted by the attractions, excellent climate all year round, clear water, beaches, water sports, and a vibrant nightlife.
Lloret de Mar has a coastal relief, with cliffs of over 100 meters creating an incredible landscape.
The area is clad by dense pine forests, whilst the beaches offer good bathing and water sports possibilities.
Fenals beach is the most popular but others such as Christina or Canyelles are well worth a visit.
In the western part of the city, you will find one of the largest water parks in the aria – Water World. Since 2010, also Lloret is home to one of the largest casinos in Costa Brava.
The nightlife of Lloret de Mar is a big drawer as there are plenty of bars, pubs, clubs, and discotheques to suit everyone.
Local places to visit
The history, the beach, the shopping and Gaudi’s world-famous architecture, Barcelona has been heralded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
A visit here is more of an experience than anything else and its rude to come to this area and not make room in your itinerary to take a trip to ‘Barca’.
The stunning city of Girona is best known for its medieval architecture. It has the attributes of a large city, the ambiance of one much smaller and is a brilliant place for a day trip.
Once the gateway to the area before the construction of Barcelona’s international airport, Girona retains that regal air that mass tourism has obliterated in so many other cities.
Platja de Castell
Located near Palamós, this is the only sandy beach on the Costa Brava coast to have avoided development, this gorgeous area is well worth visiting to be able to kick back and relax and enjoy a beach how nature intended it to be.
Eating out in Lloret de Mar
Gastronomy is a bonus in Catalonia, here you will find plenty of tapas bars and eateries serving authentic food such as fish and seafood, typical local dishes include Catalan style cod with raisins and pine nuts, Escalivada ( grilled vegetables), Ollada (meat and vegetable stew) and Esqueixada (a delicious salted cod salad accompanied with tomatoes and onions).
Located on Calle Sant Tomas, 11, two streets behind the seafront. This popular restaurant is part of a large family-run group of eateries serving home-made local dishes at very reasonable prices. The décor and surroundings are elegant but casual, a great place to enjoy real Spanish cuisine from Paella to a full range of tapas dishes.
Located on Paratge de Sant Pere del Bosc. This is truly a unique restaurant set in the hills above Lloret de Mar offering a superb dining experience with spectacular scenery as an added bonus. This award-winning restaurant offers traditional Spanish cuisine with a modern twist using the latest cooking techniques. The chef uses only high-quality food, locally sourced which changes with the seasons. Well worth a visit if your looking for an extra special dining experience.
Located on Carnisseria Vella 5 Baixos in central Lloret de Mar. This is another place well worth visiting to enjoy authentic regional dishes. Small and cozy the staff here are always friendly and only to willing to help you choose and decide on orders. Here you can enjoy a full range of well-prepared dishes, from fresh fish, paella and a good selection of tapas. Some of the house specialties include delicious fish and clam soup.
Located on Passeig Camprodon I Arrieta, 7 in central Lloret. For seafood lovers this is paradise and as you would expect with a name such as Galicia Mar, the seafood is top-notch in quality and freshness. The seafood on offer includes crabs, mussels, razorfish, cockles, lobsters, langoustines, prawns and clams. Try the amazing seafood paella, one of the house specialties, an amazing dish packed with seafood for only 15 Euros per person.
Tours & Excursions
Recommended hotels in Lloret de Mar
The 5 star Hotel Alva Park Spa Resort Costa Brava is a perfect choice if you are looking for luxury accommodation in Lloret de Mar. Numerous luxury facilities ensure an unforgettable staycation including a spa and wellness centre, Turkish steam bath, limousine service, excellent breakfast buffet and a Japanese Restaurant. All rooms are modern and stylish with large comfy beds and sun terraces, there are also a few extra large family suits. Reviewer Rating: 9.2
The 3 star Perello Hotel Lloret de Mar offers excellent value for money stays in Lloret de Mar. There are 224 well appointed bright modern rooms filled with a range of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. The hotel enjoys an ideal location in central Lloret just steps away from Lloret beach and the Maritime Museum - Can Garriga. Reviewer Rating: 9.1
The Albamar Apartments offers very good quality budget accommodation in Lloret de Mar. The Apartments boast an idea location two minutes walk from Playa de Santa Cristina just a short drive from Blanes and just a short walk to Lloret de Mar's popular tourist spots. The apartments are comfortable and fully equipped with kitchenette, fridge, microwave and sun terrace. Reviewer Rating: 9.0