Lloret de Mar is located on a large bay midway along the Costa Brava on Spain’s northeast Mediterranean coast and is 46 miles northeast of Barcelona, 24 miles south of Gerona and 18 miles south of Gerona airport.
Lloret de Mar is the biggest and most built-up resort on the Costa Brava and is a favourite with British holidaymakers. The resort covers about 2.5 miles around the bay, with the western side being the quieter side.
Between May and October the daily average temperature never falls below 20ºC and usually hits above 30ºC in July – August. In September and October the average daily max temperature is 25ºC to 21ºC. There is more rain on the Costa Brava than on the other Spanish Costas, with around 9 days of showers each month throughout the year. The max average winter temperatures are only 13 ºC to 17 ºC (November – April) and fall almost to freezing during the night.
Lloret de Mar has five main beaches. The town beach is the biggest (1 mile) and offers all services and watersports. It is divided from the more attractive Platja de Fenals beach, which also offers all services, by a green headland. Sa Boadella beach, 1.5 miles west of town is a lovely undeveloped cove. Further west is the beautiful beach of Santa Cristina. East of Lloret de Mar are a number of small cove beaches. Canyelles beach, 2 miles east, is a stretch of shingle with watersports.
The biggest attraction in Lloret de Mar is Water World. This is the largest water park on the Costa Brava, with an abundance of white-knuckle rides and a bungee jump. Next to the Water World is a go-kart track, Karting Formula. In the centre of the town there is the Skyrider, a giant catapult which shoots riders 230ft into the air. For more peace and quiet there is the Santa Clotilde Gardens which are set in a natural amphitheatre, 164ft above sea level, offering fantastic views over the bay. The Museu del Mar (Maritime Museum) is also worth a visit.
A bit further afield (5 miles west) is the prettiest resort on the Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar, with its magnificent Vila Vella (Old Town). Wonderful sea views and flora can be enjoyed at the Mar i Murtra botanic gardens at Blanes (5 miles east) and just inland from Blanes is Marineland, a large waterpark, marine zoo and dolphinarium. Barcelona, famous for Las Ramblas, its Gothic Quarter and Cathedral and Gaudí’s extraordinary architectural achievements is 47 miles northeast. Also worth a visit is the quieter Gerona (24 miles north).
There are hundreds of restaurants in Lloret de Mar, offering the famous all-day British breakfasts and fast food, Mexican, Dutch, German, Italian, Chinese and Indian food. Spanish restaurants and bars can be found but these are in the minority.
Lloret de Mar has scores of music bars and nightclubs targeting the 18-30 crowd, the best being on ‘The Strip’ (Avinguda Just Marlés). For older visitors and for those who prefer the quieter option there are dinner shows featuring flamenco and international cabaret. There are two major venues, The Gran Palace Lloret and La Masia. Medieval night outs are hosted at Tordera, the Castell Medieval Valltordera, with jousting knights, flamenco dancing and cabaret acts which are suitable for the whole family.