Spain’s Lloret de Mar is situated on the Costa Brava, in Catalonia, about 35 miles from Girona to the north and 50 mies from Barcelona to the south. Lloret de Mar ‘s superb location and wonderful climate make it a destination of choice for many types of holiday makers who like the sun but also the ability to visit nearby historic and vibrant cities.
Lloret de Mar’s main, one mile long blue flag beach is one of the most popular in Costa Brava. There is also a lovely footpath along the rocky end of the beach. In 1966, a sculpture called Monument to the Fisherman’s Wife: was built at the end of the beach for the town’s millennium. Other notable nearby beaches include Playa de Fenals, Sa Boadella, Sta Christina, Cala Morisca and Cala Tortuga. Lloret de Mar’s nightlife is extremely lively and particularly attractive to the 20-30s pan-European crowd.
Lloret de Mar is also quite historic, with the Ball de Plaça (the Dance in the Town Square) dating back to middle-ages Saracen invader times. Until the 15th century, its centre was located inland for protection by the English, French, Turkish and Algerian pirates and this is where the main historic churches (Chapel of Les Alegries and the 1522 Gothic Church of Sant Roma) are. The 11th century Castle of Sant Joan was for defending against the Genovese and other marauders and served for at least 6 centuries. The impressive Santa Clotilde gardens were designed in talian Renaissance style and offer fantastic sea views.
Some other notable places to visit include the Iberian settlements at Puig de Castellet. and Montbarbat., Angel monument, the Sanctuary of Sant Pere del Bosc. and the Maritime Museum.
Recommended trips from Lloret de Mar include the two nearby cities of Girona and Barcelona, the next door resort of Tossa de Mar for history and culture, Waterworld (just outside Lloret on the road inland to Vidreres) and Marineland in Blanes, just a few miles to the south.
Posted : Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 12:57
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.