Lloret de Mar is a Mediterranean coastal town in Catalonia in Spain. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Costa Brava. And, since it is located just 40 kilometers from Girona and 75 kilometers from Barcelona, it’s also a very popular place for a day-trip from these larger cities. The city has a population of nearly 40,000 inhabitants spread through its 48,9km² and attracts many summer visitors from all over the world.
History of Lloret de Mar
The city has many archaeological sites with remains from the Iberian (Greek and Roman) civilizations. Typical of many coastal cities in the Mediterranean region, Lloret de Mar was frequently invaded during the Middle Ages by the Saracens (the people who once lived in but also near the Roman province area). The harbor of Lloret de Mar became one of the most commercial harbors of the Costa Brava during the 18th century, but it now no longer exists as such. It is, however, still very easy to come across historical sites from this time. Such sites include the Church of Sant Romà, a Gothic Church built in 1522 as a refuge from Turkish and Algerian pirates, and the Castel of Sant Joan, a medieval castle from the 11th century used to defend Lloret de Mar against attacks from the sea. The Castle of Sant Joan was especially important in defending the area from attacks by the Genovese fleet in 1356 and also during England’s war in 1805.
All of these historical sites can be visited during your stay at Lloret de Mar and promise to provide a rich and entertaining insight into the history of the town while also providing breathtaking views of the Mediterranean coastline.
Activities in Lloret de Mar
Lloret de Mar has a wealth of natural riches, such as its many beaches and coves, where you can spend time to relax while enjoying the Mediterranean weather. Among these beaches, the most popular and beautiful are:
Lloret Beach: More than 1.5 kilometers long, this is the largest beach of the town. Located in the city center, it’s also perhaps the most convenient beach of the city because it has a parking area, white sand, a variety of facilities such as bathrooms, showers, volleyball nets, parasailing, jet-ski, kiosks, restaurants and a mini-club for your children, rental store for beach umbrellas and hammocks. A lifeguard is on duty between 10 a.m and 6 p.m. It’s the perfect beach for families and friends who want to enjoy the warm weather and fun beach activities.
Sa Caleta Cove: This is our favorite beach in Lloret de Mar, located below the Castel of Lloret, from which site you can enjoy a lovely view of this wonderful cove. The beach features soft white sand and pretty boats clustered along the shore. Here you will feel as if you are stranded in a natural, wild cove. No facilities are available at this beach, so take care of yourself! Bring your favorite book, your sunscreen and feel the wonderful natural vibes of Lloret de Mar.
Finals Beach: This is the second-largest beach of Lloret de Mar, over 700 meters long. It’s a fantastic beach, located in a bay sheltered from the winds by a hill. It is also a bit removed from the city center of Lloret de Mar and thus more peaceful and less crowded. This beach also offers some activities, including parasailing, kayaking, waterskiing, restaurants, and a mini club, as well as bathrooms with showers and gateways adapted for disabled people. The beach is guarded from 10 a.m to 6 p.m by the lifeguard. Similar to Lloret Beach, this is another perfect place for families and friends who want to enjoy the summertime.
Several other activities are available in Lloret de Mar during the day but also during the nighttime. In this town, you will be able to experience Karting, Minigolf, Spa & Wellness centers, hiking trails, cycling, shopping and, of course, some museums, such as the Maritim Museum. Lloret de Mar is an attractive city for parties and many people visit the place exclusively for the nightlife. The city boasts an impressive 18 nightclubs and even more bars.
How to get there:
- By car: Get on B-10 from Via Laietana, Plaça de Pau Vila, Carrer del Dr. Aiguader and take exit 22. Take the C-32 to GI-600 and take exit 134 from C-32. To finish, follow GI-600 to GI-682 in Lloret de Mar. It takes around 1 hour from Barcelona.
- By bus: Regular and charter bus services offer a direct connection between Barcelona and Lloret de Mar. There is approximately 1 bus per hour and it costs around 10€ for one way. The estimated time from Barcelona to Lloret de Mar by bus is also 1 hour.
- By trains: There is no direct connection with train to Lloret de Mar, so you will have to take a train from Barcelona to Blanes, and then a bus form Blanes to Barcelona.
So, whether you chose a day trip or a weekend get away to the beautiful Lloret de Mar, we hope our comprehensive run down of the activities, historical sights and beautiful beaches in this coastal town helps to create an unforgettable experience for you!