There’s no denying the pull of the beaches in Lloret de Mar. Coupled with the opportunities for excursions, they make it one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Costa Brava.
Then there’s the picturesque fortress overlooking the town and the number of other family-friendly attractions. But beaches and excursions aside, there are other reasons why holidays in Lloret de Mar can be so much fun. Here are just a few:
Get in the fiesta mood
In common with many towns and cities across Spain, Lloret de Mar loves to celebrate and there are a number of festivals and events held here throughout the year. In mid November the town is awash with damsels and troubadours as it hosts a Medieval Fair which is held as part of the festivities of Sant Roma, the patron saint of Lloret de Mar.
The town is filled with themed stalls and there is a wide range of activities and attractions, including music, magic shows, medieval huts, a display of period torture instruments, workshops and more.
June sees another important celebration; the Americanos Fair, which is held on a weekend and acknowledges the contribution of those who emigrated to the Americas, especially Cuba, to seek their fortune and subsequently returned home. The fair features demonstrations of artisan trades, theatre, concerts and of course Cuban rum tasting. You can also go on guided tours of the town to explore the Americanos’ legacy. It is most evident in the imposing houses built in neo-classical, modernist and other eclectic styles that replaced the more traditional manor house style of old.
The main event in the calendar, however, is the Carnival in February, when the entire town turns out to celebrate and Lloret de Mar is awash with colourful costumes and spectacles. Things get underway on Friday night when the Carnestoltes, or Carnival King, takes possession of the ceremonial staff of the town. Expect parades, lots of music and parties.
Explore the Lloret de Mar of the Americanos
A great option on your holidays in Lloret de Mar is witnessing the legacy of the Americanos, or Indianos, as they were otherwise known, in the buildings of the town. A two-hour daily guided tour is available through the Town Hall, which takes you to the key buildings. You can opt to join this or make your own way around.
One of the most important sites is the Modernist Cemetery, which houses one of the most significant collections of Catalan Modernist art. Inaugurated in 1901, one of the main architects was Bonaventura Conill i Montobbio, a fervent follower of Gaudi.
Another building worth checking out is Can Comadran, also known as Casa Font, which is a typical 19th century grand town house completed in 1877 featuring high-quality modernist elements. A visit to Can Garriga, which now houses the town’s Maritime Museum, is also worthwhile. The museum showcases the town’s long history of seafaring.
Take one of the many walking trails from Lloret de Mar
If you’re feeling energetic, choose from one of seven trails that are clearly marked, and you’ll be taken inland to fabulous pine and Holm-oak forests or to solitary coves. The trails are marked by a series of heritage panels helping you to make the most of your walk.
Options include a four-hour 19km circular Route of the Shrines, the three-and-a-half-hour Route to old Tossa and the three-hour Route of Lloret beaches. Copies of these and four other walks can be downloaded online at http://lloretdemar.org/en/what-to-do/hiking
If walking doesn’t appeal, you could hire a bike and choose from a range of routes from the above website. They range from gentle to tough and hilly.
Wander through the neo-Renaissance Santa Clotilde Gardens
These lovely gardens are set on rocky cliffs overlooking the sea and offer wonderful panoramic views. Created in the 1920s by Nicolai Rubió i Tuduri, they seek to recapture the spirit of Italian renaissance gardening, and feature characteristic fountains, clipped hedges, evergreen trees and statuary. The gardens are open in summer by appointment.
Why not treat yourself to some spa treatments while on your holidays in Lloret de Mar? After all, you are on holiday.
Choose from five centres with a wide selection of treatments. Tight muscles? How about a relaxing full body massage or facial treatment? Spa treatments can be the perfect way to round off your trip and send you back home happy, revived and relaxed.