If you only have a limited time to spend in Lloret de Mar and want to see the best of this part of Catalonia, you may be looking for helpful planning tips to get the most out of your visit. There is a lot to see and do in the area, and although Lloret de Mar is best known for its glorious beaches, there is a lot more to this destination than sea and sand.
Lloret de Mar is in the Costa Brava, a beautiful and rugged region of Spain that boasts stunning landscapes and areas that are, as yet, relatively undeveloped. Although you could just relax on a sun lounger throughout your break, it would be a shame not to get out and see some of the other amazing sights. Here we look at some of the best activities to plan into your holiday schedule will you wait for one of our holiday transfers!
Firstly, to get the best value out of your stay, you should invest in the Lloret Card which includes entry to various attractions in the price.
Although Lloret de Mar saw its first emergence into the tourist market during the 1960s foreign holiday boom, it has a much more exciting early history than hotel blocks and sunburned holidaymakers. The Museu del Mar in its beautiful old seafront building is a wonderful place to begin exploring the past of this resort. Learn about the shipbuilding trade that existed here, and the wealth generated in the town by Los Americanos who made their money in the Americas before returning home. The museum offers free entry with the Lloret Card.
After your discoveries in the museum, head to the historic town centre where you will find impressive architecture, such as the 16th century church of Sant Roma and the neo-classical town hall. Take a detour via the Cemetery of Lloret de Mar and see the unusual Catalan Modernist memorial styles.
You should also make sure to wander along the promenade where you can admire the sculpture “The Dona Marinera” and panoramic views of the 1930s folly, the d’en Plaja castle, which makes a wonderful photographic opportunity.
Another attraction included in the price of your card that you should plan into your stay is a trip to the Santa Clotilde Gardens, just a 20 minute walk from from the end of the cliff path. An oasis of tranquility far away from the tourist crowd, these beautiful gardens boast statues, terraces and stunning sea views.
Should you wish to explore other gardens in the area, there is a combination ticket available, which includes entry fees and tourist train, boat and bus transport.
In the evening, why not enjoy some authentic Spanish food and drink? The tourist information office offers a trail of local tapas places and daiquiri bars so you can taste the real Spain and sample daiquiris in the cocktail’s place of origin. Bar Hula Hula is the top place to try one of these famous drinks as they are prepared by one of Lloret de Mar’s most renowned cocktail-makers.
Article contributed by Garima Mehta